It’s always funny how life works. You believe your life is headed in one direction, but then, in a blink of an eye, it quickly alters into something else. Whether you realize it or not, your life is always meant for something greater. Just like how your life is meant for that delicious cinnamon roll spool of ungodly goodness from Dominique Ansel bakery. Just saying. Today’s boss babe always knew that photography was going to be a big part of her life, but never knew it was going to become her career. So, sometimes, the world is a funny place… so follow your heart and get that cinnamon roll.
Carly Foulkes is a multi-talented Boss Babe with a heart of gold. She originally started out as an actress where she was the T-Mobile spokesperson and also got into modeling right after. After a few years of exercising that skill, she decided to steer in a new direction by exploring the photography world. Now that she is behind the camera, she has been shooting for the likes of Live Fast Magazine and OAK. Oh yeah, she also got to photograph the dreamy lead singer of Incubus. Thought that was worth mentioning, because hashtag swoon.
We got to hang with Carly in her insanely stunning Williamsburg duplex where we got to chat about photography, what inspires her, and her go-to NYC bar. Meet the bi-coastal boss babe, Carly Foulkes.
New York City
Photographer that inspires you?
A meal you could eat for the rest of your life?
Piece in your closet you can’t stop wearing?
This pair of vintage jean overalls. Can’t get enough of them.
Subject you love to shoot the most?
Anything with a pulse
NYC bar to get your drink on?
The Levee in Williamsburg. Darts and free cheese balls. You can’t go wrong.
Team velvet or cashmere:
Beauty product you can never leave the house without?
Tell us a little bit on how you got into photography?
Photography was always a love of mine. My parents bought me my first camera at age 12. It was a Nikon. I loved it. I modeled for years, though it was never a passion, more of a job. The best part was the travel — I ended up booking a T-mobile commercial that turned into a spokesperson gig and did that for three years. When the contract ended I decided it was time to leave the front of the camera and step behind it. I’ve never been happier.
After being an actor, model and photographer, are there any other creative endeavors you would love to explore?
Definitely! The older I get the more I realize I just want to create. Whether it’s taking a photo, painting, playing the ukulele, collaging, art directing. I just recently co-directed my first video and continue to explore.
What’s a typical day like for you?
My days are like snowflakes. I am not very routine friendly.
You and Shawn Hanna have collaborated and created Hanna & Foulkes. Tell us how that came to be and what do you envision the future for the company?
Our collaborations have slowly changed from one shape to another. At first, he was shooting me and I was shooting him. Shawn is an exceptional artist. His photography keeps growing, shifting. It’s exciting to watch. We created a series called “She Moves She.” We both worked on the concept, I art directed/modeled and Shawn photographed. We now work together when it feels right. We want to keep pushing and growing as Hanna & Foulke as well as separate artists. I see directing in our future.
Where do you look to for inspiration?
I look for inspiration in the faces of people I meet, art, music, film, and last but not least, New York City.
You have a few photography projects underneath your belt, like “Smoosh” and “Purfect World.” Can you tell us what your creative process is like when coming up with those type of photographic projects? Do you have any in the future you are excited to shoot?
I have a very playful attitude and I like to show that in my work. “Smoosh” is an ongoing series that stemmed from a project that myself and Shawn Hanna worked on called “She Moves She”. He was taking a picture of me pressing my face into silk chiffon. I love how it completely altered my face. It turns you into someone else. “Purfect World” is my collage project. I started off creating alternate worlds with National Geographic Magazine; worlds that I would want to live in. Recently, I’ve been going down the abstract road. Cutting up my own photos. Playing with faces and shapes. I have a couple projects coming up that I’m very excited about. One of which involves my couch.
You have two beautiful homes, one in Williamsburg and one in Silverlake. Tell us a bit about your bicoastal life; what are some of the pros and cons?
I’ve been doing the bicoastal shuffle for six years now. The flying back and forth is probably the worst part? There aren’t a lot of cons when it comes to being able to live in two magical cities. They are the perfect ying and yang. Los Angeles is laid back but also has a brilliant community of artists. Enchanting things are being created there. NYC is where I hustle. You wake up everyday excited at the aspect of not knowing where the city will take you. I push harder in the city. I’m definitely healthier in Los Angeles. Kale.
Is there subject/person you are dying to photograph but just haven’t been able to yet?
BILL. MURRAY. Do you have his #??
If you can have a meal with anyone dead or alive, who, where and what would it be?
Tell Bill Murray to meet me on Mars…and to bring the Pb+J.
Any advice for future boss babes?
Find people to learn from. Someone who isn’t afraid to tell you what you’re doing wrong. Be disciplined. Whether it’s photography, singing, painting… work that muscle daily. Don’t follow trends. Be yourself and follow your true artistic expression.
If you want to get a peek inside Carly’s world, you have to check out her amazing Instagram. We warn you though, you will scroll for hours and hours because her shit is so good.
Photography via Vanessa Granda for Taste The Style