Megan Helyer isn’t afraid of the imperfections in life. In fact, she embraces them. This isn’t a very typical inclination for a fashion photographer, but it manages to stand out in stark comparison to the flood of overproduced shoots in glossies today.

Her images are all about natural beauty; everything from the slight darkroom-induced flaws to the handmade embellishments she sometimes adorns the images with. You’ll find it hard to believe that she’s just recently graduated, as her work has a quiet confidence that seems far beyond her years. Her greatest asset is that she believes in the unique work she creates. And consequently, so do we.

Drawing inspiration from the likes of Juergen Teller and Deborah Turbeville, while also paving the way for a new generation of fashion-forward creativity, this young Londoner is certainly one to watch. Portable spoke to Megan recently about creating a relaxed environment to shoot in, the challenges facing young photographers today and her uniquely ‘warts and all’ approach to fashion photography.