Kerrie-Ann Jones many not have been in the interiors industry long, but she has certainly made her mark!
After taking the leap into the world of interiors, she discovered that styling for photography was her passion. After working as a Stylists Assistant at Real Living, she landed the coveted Stylist position for their new venture - Homes+ magazine. She now spreads her creativity across both magazines and creates beautiful and unique content.
Kerrie-Ann has a natural flare for using colour, texture, form, and composition to tell a story. Whether that story be a specific brands vision for a campaign shoot or residential styling.
I introduced the 'Stylist Sessions' as a part of Harlow & Willow as styling is something I am personally very drawn too and wanted to find out from real professionals what it took for them to get to where they are today.
Below Kerrie-Ann told me all the details and it makes for a fantastic read!
When did you know you wanted to become a stylist?
About 3 years ago I decided to take the plunge & pursue a career in interiors. I was working in the music industry & couldn’t stop thinking about interiors! Every moment I had spare was spent reading local & international interior magazines, instagram and blogs etc. I also studied design & styling at ISCD. Initially I thought interior design was the direction I wanted to pursue, however after assisting on a few interior magazine shoots I knew that styling for photography was exactly what I wanted to do.
How long have you been in the industry and what was your first job?
I haven’t been in the industry all that long. I started assisting Sarah Ellison the Real Living Senior Stylist about 2 1/2 years ago. My first shoot assisting her was back breaking. I had to put together lots of IKEA furniture, unpack & repack boxes of products, move furniture in & out of the set (the usual assisting tasks). I remember going home after the shoot and laying on the sofa with a heat pack on my back in agony. But I had the best time & couldn’t wait to do it all again the next shoot.
What was the biggest surprise/struggle you encountered starting out in the industry?
No surprises or struggles really. The interiors & publishing industries have been a very warm & supportive community. The worst part I guess are couriers who don’t handle products with care or products that don’t show up in time for a shoot. That’s about as tough as it gets. You always need to have a back up plan for those scenarios.
Has your career evolved how you expected?
I’ve been so lucky that it has evolved much quicker & more amazing than I could ever have imagined. After assisting Sarah Ellison, I became the stylist for the newly launched Homes+ magazine. After a few months there I began to work across both Real Living & Homes+ magazines. I’ve been so fortunate to have the support and guidance of the editor Deb Bibby and the editorial team for these magazines. They have set me challenges I never thought possible & when I achieve it, it makes you realise you can set the bar even higher for yourself.
From there my career has snowballed to working with other publications & product styling for brands too. When you just click with a brands aesthetic it makes the job so much fun & you work your butt off to create a beautiful result. It’s so rewarding when a brand loves the work you’ve done for their campaign. I love these sorts of shoots.
I’ve also recently partnered with photographer Maree Homer. We work together shooting Australian homes for house story features. All the stories we’ve shot together so far have been published in local Australian interior magazines. We recently signed with a international agent & have had some of these stories published internationally too. I never in my wildest dreams thought my work would be published. Let alone in an international mag! Its all been beyond what I ever expected. It’s been such an exciting journey & I’ve loved where its taken me so far.
What piece of advice would you give to someone wanting to get into the industry?
Assisting for free or interning will get your foot in the door. Have knowledge of suppliers in the industry & your finger on the pulse of new brands & products.