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Sawandi, the 2nd (shoot)

You remember Sawandi. We worked together back in December of last year. A truly talented and versatile young man, and I hope to work with him for years to come. 

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In All Fairness

A simple Google search of famous fashion photographers will turn up multiple lists of "fifty of the greatest" and I certainly can't argue any of them. However, the pictures used as examples representing each are shots from major fashion campaigns where teams of people came together to make the images possible. This brings us to my question: do photographers get too much credit?

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The picture above is my mother. There's no denying the necessity of a photographer who understands how to use a camera and how to control light. Without that, there's no picture! But my mother is incredibly beautiful and she's a hair stylist, two things 99% of photographers don't have control of. 

This is a great image. I don't mean to take credit away from the photographer or studio that captured it, but my mother certainly made it easy for them.

Think of a fashion photographer you consider famous; it could be Helmut Newton, Patrick Demarchelier, David LaChapelle or Annie Leibovitz. Or those that set many of the lighting trends still used today, like Richard AvedonMartin Munkácsi or Irving Penn. Now picture an image of theirs that's well known. Who styled it? Who did the hair and makeup? Who was the art director? Better yet, what's the model's name?

My mother grew up speaking French and English, as her parents native language was French. Her image never graced the cover of any high fashion magazine or any magazine at all. Yet it seems fitting to use this French term to describe 75% of the fashion industry: they're full of shit. 

There's something to be said about confidence and natural beauty. I don't aim to define either, but when I've had the opportunity to work with someone that truly understands each I feel guilty taking credit for the end product. 

The pictures below, taken by my father, shows a woman wearing everyday attire on both a sunny winter day and a summer day. Composed and beautiful. My mother.

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L'Meese then and now

I've already had a stellar photo career with many great experiences. Along the way I've worked with some wonderful people. On occasion I'm lucky enough to work with the same subject at yearly intervals. Such is the case with L'Meese.

I first worked with her in 2008 when I exhibited in a two-person show with renowned fashion photographer Stan Malinowski in Chicago. From Fantasy to Fashion drew an incredible crowd of collectors and I was proud to show my interpretation of fashion photography with Stan's photographs for such publications as Harper's Bazaar, Vogue and Playboy. From Janice Dickinson to Iman in Valentino's atelier, it was a smashing success. More of Stan's work can be seen here.

I showed new work, inspired by Stan's big budget shoots of yesteryear. L'Meese's portrait below was included in the exhibit.

I recently had the chance to work with L'Meese again, this time in Ann Arbor. The only thing that's changed is her elevated level of experience.

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