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My Top 10 Inspirational Photographers

Do you ever find yourself in need of a bit of inspiration? I know there are a lot of lists out there but this one is mine. The following photographers have served as a source of inspiration for me when I find myself in a bit of a slump. Who are yours?

10. Tasneem Alsultan: Probably a name you might not have heard in the the main photography circles but she’s been creating wonderful projects throughout the years that I’ve followed her work. She focuses mostly on engagement and wedding shoots but does the occasional family portraits every now and then. Her images are modern, clean and romantic which is very much aligned to my style of photography.

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9. Camilla Akrans: Swedish photographer Camilla Akrans is an acclaimed fashion photographer. You might have seen her work in Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and even H&M. I love her vintage style of post processing.

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8. Akos Major: If you’re looking for clean, calming, and soothing images, look no further. Akos delivers in all those points. I can only imagine the many ND filters he must carry with him in his bag.

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7. Annie Leibovitz: You can’t talk about American photography and not consider Annie’s work. I specially love this series she shot and created for Disney. He style is total Americana in my opinion. While I love these images she produces for Disney, her black and white photographs are most excellent as well. By far, her most famous photograph in my opinion is the one she created of John and Yoko Ono in 1980.

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6. Ryan Brenizer: Ryan is an award winning wedding photographer based in New York and is known for his multi-layered panoramas to achieve images that are impossible to attain with today’s modern gear. Wanna know something awesome too that thrills me to no end? Scroll to the bottom of Ryan’s site. He’s using one of my ProPhotoBlog designs!

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5. Martin Schoeller: I’ve always loved Martin’s style of portraits – up close and personal and very “hyper-detailed”. His portraits have graced the pages and covers of  The New YorkerOutside Magazine and other famous publications. I’ve always liked the way his models look in his portraits. His lighting techniques are second to none as well and I’ve been trying to experiment with different ways to achieve them. Go check out his work.

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4. Manny Librodo: Known for his portraits, Manny is a photographer I’ve known since 2005. His style is all his own. Manny’s images or ones that are “Librodized” are not hard to identify. Just look at the eyes of the subjects. They speak to you and emotions resonate from within. Manny knows how to play with light and how to position his subjects so that he maximizes the catch lights in his subjects eyes. One of these days, I’ll definitely try to make it to one of his workshops which i think would be an incredible experience!

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3. Benjamin Von Wong: A former engineer, Von Wong decided to pursue his true passion and quit his day job. He tells the story on his blog which I find truly inspiring. Von Wong represents the new age of photography. While he gives us tidbits and behind the scenes videos of his work, he does it in a way where it’s enjoyable to watch which in turn makes it fun to learn. “Dreaming big does pay off”.

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2. Ana Dias: I love her work. Her vintage style. Her eye for appeal. Her post processing. Everything about Ana’s photos reflects the simplicity and romance that is photography. Her style is very much influenced by pop culture, and brings us back to the light eroticism of the 50’s pin-up girls…think Vargas era…  but the art she creates goes beyond the photographic image. Her photographs always finds a way to tell us a story and showcase the beauty of the world around us.

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1. Joey Lawrence: I’ve known Joey for a while now. I ran into Joey’s work back in 2005 when he was just 15 years old. Back then, Joey was armed with his little point and shoot camera, a little 1 megapixel wonder and still produced amazing images. During one of the many many forum discussions, he jokingly said that he would be famous one day. And sure enough, he made true to that statement. At the young age of 18, he shot and created the Twilight movie’s iconic poster. These days, Joey is a successful photographer, director, and business man. He’s funny, creative, and truly loves what he does. Truly an inspiration!

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