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Greg Gorman, born in Kansas in 1949, has become one of the premier portrait and figure shooters in the world. His career spans thirty years of brilliant images and each picture is the culmination of careful planning and letting his subject flow into a relaxed shooting enviornment. He is know for the quality of his lighting and the beauty of the human form be it a celebrity portrait such as Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, and Kim Basinger or one of his classical nudes.
Greg hosts photography workshops in Mendocino and teaches at the Santa Fe Workshops frequently using Sunbounce products. For information about his Mendocino Workshops that include wine tastings, gourmet meals and guest speakers please contact Trish@gormanphotography.com
Please visit Greg Gorman's website at: http://www.greggormanphotography.com
In 1979 David Mecey was hired as a staff photographer at Playboy Magazine launching an exceptional, 23-year relationship. During his tenure at America’s premier men’s magazine David discovered 20 Playmates of the Month, shot six gatefolds (two published), scores of pictorials, and along with his buddy David Chan, worked on every “College Girl” pictorial from 1980 to 2003. And yet it’s David’s work as a freelance photographer that, in many ways, eclipses his Playboy portfolio.
Mecey has over 40 magazine covers to his credit, including four straight years behind the lens at Sport Magazine’s “Swimsuit Issue”. David’s corporate clients include Coca-Cola, J.C. Penney, ABC-TV, American Photo, Venus Swimwear, MGM, Lawry’s and Fuji Film Corporation. His celebrity clients include Denise Richards, Brooke Shields, Rachel Hunter, Carmen Electra, Jay Leno, Michael Keaton, Robert Palmer, Sparky Anderson, Sharon Stone and Vanessa Marcil of TV’s “Vegas”.
The most personal chapter of David’s journey began in 2003 with the introduction of FotoFantasyCamp… a four-day intensive photography course for professionals and serious hobbyists looking to take their skills to the next level. Mecey’s love of his craft and eagerness to share what he’s learned through the years has made FFC one the best beauty and glamour photography course to attend.
Please visit David Mecey's website at : www.davidmecey.com
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Rolando Gomez is a highly published photojournalist who in 1994 was selected by the Department of Defense as one of the "Top Five" military photographers world wide. Even after two consecutive promotions (2001 & 02') at the agency and being selected as Senior-Level Civilian Employee of the Year, Gomez left the agency in mid-2004 to pursue his passions in photography.
In 1999, Gomez founded the popular GarageGlamour.com website, now visited by over 500,000 people each month. His popularity on the Internet led to his international glamour workshops—currently over 63 consecutive sell-outs in 48 months and the signing of two book deals, the first to be released in April 2006 by Amherst Media.
Gomez has written articles and provided images for MSN.com, the United States Army, Studio Photography & Design (contributing editor & writer), AOL/Compuserve, Netscape, Playboy Enterprises and many others. Gomez’ first DVD, Glamour Made Simple sold over 1,000 copies in it’s first month from sales on his website alone. Gomez spoke to standing-room only crowds at the Photo Imaging & Design Expo in 2004, 2005 and will speak in 2006. He also spoke to capacity crowd at the Photo Plus Expo 2004 and 2005 expo in New York City. He’s a speaker/instructor for the Palm Beach Photographic Art Center and FotoFusion 2006.
Please visit Rolando Gomez's website at: www.rolandogomez.com
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“I put four sides around an idea."
With a deceptively simple phrase, Nick Vedros sums up three decades of international award-winning photography. Anyone can look through a viewfinder, but there’s nothing simple about Nick’s multi-disciplinary approach for bringing a concept to life:
In the hands of a photographer driven to make every shot his best, it is simple to understand why Nick’s work garners top honors from the Addys, the Effies, Archive International, Communication Arts, N.A.M.A., the Top 200 Advertising Photographers, and the Canon Explorer of Light program. His award-winning methodology attracts blue-chip clients like Apple, Bayer, Capital One, Coca-Cola, DuPont, IBM, Kodak, Microsoft Sony, and Sprint. And keeps them coming back for more.
Nick doesn’t take inspiration for granted. With his emphasis on controlling results, he doesn’t take anything for granted. Honing imagination is built into Nick’s daily routine. He consumes three newspapers and a myriad of online updates with his morning coffee before most of us reach for the alarm clock. In between orchestrating 18-hour shoot days, contributing to the ASMP chapter he founded, global lecturing at the behest of Canon and Apple, and supplementing his seventy-five iPod play lists, you’ll find him checking up on an array of passions. Films and Utube, comic book and vintage poster collections, literary quotations and Far Side cartoons; Nick doesn’t put limits on curiosity.
This dedication to craft may explain Nick’s track record for resolving creative challenges-ingeniously. When a solution is evasive, Nick heads for the open road on one of his motorcycles. Inspiration, Nick will tell you, has been known to hitchhike.
See Vedros' work at www.vedros.com
Born in Atlanta, Steve is self taught and starting shooting photography at the age of 12. He has photographed national ads and feature editorials for Teen, Seventeen, Modern Bride, Your Prom, Bride's, Cowboys & Indians, American Cowboy, Western & English and Western Horseman magazines in the United States and has shot international ads for Vogue & Zeffrio magazines in Italy & Marie France in Paris. Large corporations such as GM, Hallmark, Citizens, Hyatt and American Express have used his imagery in advertising campaigns.
In addition to living in Atlanta & South Beach, he has lived & worked in Milan & Paris shooting both fashion & advertising. Every day thousands of people see his work all over the world.
Please visit Steve Thornton's website at: www.stevethornton.com
Top beauty & fashion photographer, Richard Hume has been creating images for over 20 years.
To view Richard's work visit his website at www.humephoto.com
Mike Larson is an international photographer who began his career traveling the globe in search of exotic locations, amazing surf, and beautiful other cultures to photograph. Since then, he discovered his passion for photographing people who are in love and enjoying life. Mike Larson resides in Southern California when not traveling. Mike is honored to be sought after to photograph spectacular weddings around the world. His travels and exposure to diversity continue to inspire him to keep a fresh and fun, outside the box, approach to wedding photography.
See Mike's work at www.mikelarson.com
Art Brewer, while renowned as the heavyweight champion of surf photography, also enjoys an extensive career outside the genre. While waves and surfers are his obvious métier, his talent runs, quite literally, much deeper. Be it scuba-documenting the skeletal remains of ditched Japanese Zeroes in Palau for Islands magazine, ramrod ding creative identity packages for Casio, or luring high-speed PWC towards his lens (and face) for a SeaDoo shoot, Art gets the job done with vision, élan, and brutal efficiency..
Over his 35-year career, Art has seen his work—much of it hand decorated and enhanced—celebrated in gallery showings and mainstream publications as diverse as Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Esquire and Playboy. Somehow Art manages to inject an overriding sense of poignancy and smartass fun into his portraits, bringing the beach esprit to the most desperately landlocked denizens.
A child of the ’50s, Brewer grew up in the coastal art enclave of Laguna Beach, California, the heartbeat of West Coast plein air impressionism. An early immersion in the wealth of outdoor images surrounding him helped Brewer bring a fine-arts consciousness to the then-budding art of surf photography.
Brewer began his career as a freelance photographer for Surfer Magazine in the late ’60s and subsequently served as staff photographer, darkroom specialist and photo editor until the late ’80s. Brewer has circled the globe innumerable times chasing the world's best waves and the surfers who covet them. Brewer is distinguished among his peers for his collection of surfer portraits; over three decades acting as court painter for the royalty and comrades of the global wave riding culture.
If a project swims, sinks, floats, or fogs a mirror, Art Brewer can capture it.
Recent awards include a Silver CINDY, and a Silver Apple at the National Educational Film Festival.
Art Brewer is pleased to announce the publication of Masters of Surf Photography: Art Brewer, an oversized, full-color, hardbound monograph from The Surfer’s Journal.
Please visit Art Brewer's website at: http://www.artbrewer.com/
Thayler Allyson Gowdy
Based in San Francisco Gowdy shoots around the world capturing captivating images for clients such as Dockers, Pottery Barn, Sony, Lands End, Gymboree and Red Envelope.
See her work at www.thayerphoto.com
Erin Manning is a professional photographer, teacher and television personality living in Los Angeles, California. Television viewers know Erin best as the digital photography expert and host of DIY Network’s Telly-award-winning TV series The Whole Picture. She has also appeared as the techno-lifestyle guru on Enable Your Home and is author of Portrait and Candid Photography, published by Wiley. She helps people understand photography and technology by translating technical mumbo-jumbo into everyday words and by facilitating their learning with a clear, friendly teaching style.
Erin first fell in love with photography at age seven when she discovered a book entitled The Family of Man. That early encounter with images of people from all over the world shaped the direction she was to take with her photography – capturing moments with and between people. Whether in front of the camera or behind it, photography has always been a part of Erin’s life and synthesizes her experience and education in art, technology, and entertainment. She specializes in lifestyle imagery for clients such as AT&T, Bank of America, Disney, various lifestyle magazines, healthcare organizations and individuals.
Erin spent several years honing her craft by working as a commercial, portrait, and stock photographer, as well as working for Getty Images, and completing a degree in Studio Art/Graphic Design from Loyola Marymount University. She is a member of the Advertising Photographers of America, the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, Women in Photography International and the Los Angeles Digital Imaging Group, whose purpose is dedicated to advancing the art and science of digital imaging.
See Erin's work here: www.erinmanning.com