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Many people think celebrity photography is easy. Just point your camera at a beautiful, interesting, iconic person and out pops a beautiful, interesting, iconic photograph. Oftentimes, I’ve wished it were that simple. But nothing could be further from the truth.
A celebrity’s image is THE thing they’re selling. It’s everything to them.
And now in the digital age, that image is accessible with just a simple click or search…which makes a world-class celebrity photographer more valuable than ever. It’s not enough to simply make them look good. It’s my responsibility to elevate their image. To make them distinctive. To show the world a side of them that no one has ever seen before – which is no easy task for celebrities who may have already spent years or decades in the public eye. It’s a responsibility I take very seriously.
A challenge of celebrity photography is time…namely, the lack of it. Celebrities have very limited schedules.
They’re being pulled in many different directions by many different people with differing opinions. Therefore, maintaining control of the shoot is everything. Which is why all the technique in the world isn’t enough. A great celebrity photographer has to be a people person who can interact with (sometimes) intimidating personalities and make them feel comfortable.
CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHY requires me to
Celebrities are often very creative people themselves. They enjoy the opportunity to express themselves. As a celebrity photographer, I want to make sure I’m always bringing something fresh to the table that helps them express in a new way.
As I’ve stated before, celebrities’ schedules are always changing. And when I finally get someone nailed down, time is usually short. Years of experience and my natural ability to interact with subjects allows me to maintain control and be in charge, while still accommodating their needs.
In order to show celebrities in a new light, I’m always pushing my dramatic lighting techniques so I can – quite literally – show them in a new light.