Her work has appeared in both local and international glossies, she’s done work for brands like SK-II and H&M, and she’s represented by ADB Agency, which has offices in New York, London and Paris. At 27, Lenne has racked up an impressive resume and picked up some accolades along the way – like the Fashion Game Changer title at the Zalora Style Awards last year.
“When I was 21 years old, I naively thought that shooting Lily Cole would be my big break, but it was on that shoot that I realised how inadequate I was,” she reflects. “It was that experience that inspired me to leave my comfort zone, to push myself to be a bit more worldly, so that my work can improve.”
On being an Asian photographer:
“I used to only photograph Caucasian models (the byproduct of neo-colonialism, perhaps?), but since spending time in America, I’ve come to appreciate local models, and I want to feature them in all my work now. I think my photos can be quite divisive for commercial clients – I’ve encountered situations where women would love the work, while the men on the team would find the shots really ugly, or even scary.”
On tough times:
“I was so broke for the first three or four years! I’d secretly juggle full-time jobs while still shooting, and my parents were kind enough to feed me when my bank balance was low. What people don’t realise about my overseas shoots is that they’re entirely self-funded and self-initiated, so I don’t actually know anyone in the country I’m headed to. I count myself lucky to still be alive, and to have met so many wonderful people along the way.”
Her most memorable shoot to date:
“I worked with actor Ross Butler recently, and the crew got to feast on oysters, explore the beautiful wilderness of Northern California, and he was really nice too! I was really shocked when he was willing to jump into a freezing lake without much prompting – props to you, Ross!”