Having begun her career as a model at the age of 15, Emily Nash flourished in the industry after being scouted at 18. It wasn’t long until the creative arena inspired her to try her hand at roles on the other side of the camera as well. Kate Sears speaks to Emily about transitioning to become a creative multi-tasker, her most memorable shoots, and her passion for telling a story through images and design.
How do you find modelling?
I have absolutely loved it. I’ve met so many incredible people and have been able to experience many ‘pinch me’ moments, which I’m so grateful for. Last year I was lucky enough to be flown up to Broome to shoot for a resort. Being photographed just wining and dining, in the spa, getting massages and watching the sunset – it was a ‘tough’ few days!
Your travel photos are stunning. What do you love about travelling?
Thank you. What I love the most is doing it like a local. Getting bikes or hiring a car, finding hidden gems, shopping at op shops, markets, local spots to eat – things off the beaten track. It’s those little things I absolutely love.
While browsing your portfolio, we noticed that often you’ve got your fingers in many pies, so to speak. How did the move from modelling to also handling styling, editing, photography, art direction and social media management transpire?
Having been modelling since I was 18 – I’m now almost 27 – I’ve been around creative people for so long that I naturally became interested in the other side of the camera and the creative side of things. I’ve made some great connections and relationships through modelling that I then started to offer myself as a bit of a multi-tasker. I’ve always loved photography and creative direction and always thought that I’d take it up if modelling was an absolute flop. But now I get to do it all.
What do you enjoy about creating content and how did you ignite this passion?
I get a real kick out of creating mood boards, shooting a bunch of content and seeing it all come together aesthetically. It was really once I started travelling more, brands started to notice my content. I love telling a story through images and design.
You’re talented both in front of and behind the camera. What’s next on the agenda?
Thank you. Just building up my portfolio in both modelling and photography. I’ll continue to work with brands that are my vibe and working through ways I can create content in COVID times. I’m itching to travel again – as I’m sure all of us are – so I can finally create some travel coffee table books that I’ve been dreaming about for years.
What do you love most about the Mornington Peninsula?
I grew up in Langwarrin South. I spent most of my time down at Mount Martha beach – in my opinion the best beach on the Pen. I currently live in the city and as much as it’s fun and close to most of my work, I miss the Peninsula every day and cannot wait to get back down there. It’s the beaches, nature and feeling of big space that I love the most.
Be entranced by Emily’s dreamy photographs on Instagram @emilyannenash