For more than 40 years with National Geographic, Cotton Coulson created uniquely sensual travel images, a legacy he left behind when he tragically died in 2015
By William Sawalich, Photography By Sisse Brimberg & Cotton Coulson
Those who knew Cotton Coulson knew him as funny, kind, outgoing and, above all, loving. Coulson was known to become so entranced by his subjects that he would often come back from a shoot, transformed. With unkempt curly locks and an ear-to-ear grin, Coulson was easy to spot, even on assignment. He was always the one with insuppressible energy and a...
Neil Leifer cut his teeth in an era before autofocus and motordrives—and defined modern sports photography
By Mark Edward Harris, Photography By Neil Leifer
More than 100 million people will be glued to television screens around the globe at the moment a kicker’s foot launches a football into the air to start Super Bowl 50. Football has come a long way since its humble beginnings, when grown men were kicking and tossing around an actual inflated pig’s bladder. There to document almost every hard-fought...
Veteran photographer Parish Kohanim has managed to combine commercial work and fine art into an incredibly distinct—and distinctly beautiful—photographic style
By Mark Edward Harris, Photography By Parish Kohanim
Anyone who has residual doubt to the question of whether photography is art should step into the Atlanta gallery of Parish Kohanim. The resounding answer, “Yes,” is obvious as you look at the images hung all around the fine-art space. While continuing his commercial work for a cross-section of Fortune 500 companies, the Canon Explorer of Light focuses...
Since 1984, Jim Richardson has been photographing for National Geographic, traveling the world and telling stories with his camera, largely based on the issues most important to him
By William Sawalich, Photography By Jim Richardson
Since 1984, Jim Richardson has been photographing for National Geographic, traveling the world and telling stories with his camera, largely based on the issues most important to him. He has studied the Celtic realm, light pollution, life in small-town America and many more subjects to which he believes he can bring attention in a meaningful way. The...
Thanks to his intimate knowledge of the sports he covers, Brett Wilhelm is able to anticipate key moments in any event and be in the right place at the right time to nail the shot
By Mark Edward Harris, Photography By Brett Wilhelm
Mentorships and apprenticeships can be powerful tools in forwarding a career. As Colorado-based Brett Wilhelm proves with his camera, when you’re under the tutelage of not only a master photographer and editor, but also an extremely successful businessman and educator, the results can be stunning. Wilhelm joined Rich Clarkson and Associates (rebranded...
Photographer Jordan Matter found inspiration in his young son’s play, and launched a new career
By David Schloss, Photography By Jordan Matter
When photographer Jordan Matter watched his three-year-old son Hudson playing with his toys, he didn’t realize his life was about to change. Matter was watching him play with a toy bus, and that’s when he had a creative epiphany. “[Hudson] had this level of enthusiasm for his fantasy life that I realized, as we got older, we lose,”...
Food photographer Matt Armendariz uses storytelling to guide his creative process and fill his portfolio with more than just pretty pictures
By William Sawalich, Photography By Matt Armendariz
Although he has built a portfolio filled with beautiful travel, architecture and lifestyle images, Matt Armendariz’s first love is food. It’s the thing that drew him to photography in the first place.
A professional photographer for just five years, Armendariz has 25 years in the food business. He used to work in marketing for large natural...
Still+motion meet to capture the rock ‘n’ roll essence of a live music event
Text & Photography By Mark Edward Harris
Shooting concerts is reminiscent of wildlife and sports photography. Long lenses, monopods, getting yourself into position for the decisive moment, and anticipating your subject’s movements are all part of the game. To cover the city of Québec’s Summer Festival or, as it’s known in French, Le Festival d’été de Québec, I fill...
A lifelong photography educator learns new tricks, thanks to the still+motion capabilities of mirrorless
By David Schloss, Photography By Mark Galer
In the 1980s, Mark Galer probably couldn’t imagine the photography world looking like it does today. A college student at Wolverhampton in the Midlands in the UK, Galer was immersed in the world of analog photography. He had originally planned on being an illustrator and a graphic designer, but found photography to be a better fit with his self-described...
Acclaimed photographer Doug Menuez documents the boom times of Silicon Valley in the 1980s, and the resulting project says a lot about the time, and our craft today
By David Schloss, Photography By Doug Menuez
In the mid-1980s, photographer Doug Menuez was looking for something hopeful at which to point his lens. Then in his mid-20s, Menuez was a burgeoning photojournalist covering some of the darkest subjects of the times. He had been documenting the emerging AIDS crisis, homelessness, the war on drugs and countless global crises for magazines including...
With boundless enthusiasm and energy and an uncanny ability to connect with the bride, groom and guests, Jasmine Star is casting her own light in the firmament of the new generation of wedding pros
By William Sawalich, Photography By Jasmine Star
If Jasmine Star hadn’t become a wedding photographer, if she had stayed in law school and passed the bar, she’d probably be keeping her chin up and muddling through a career she didn’t particularly love, maintaining a positive mental attitude and sharing inspirational memes with friends on Facebook. But, lucky for her, and for the...
Top professionals share how they keep clients in love with their wedding photography
By The Editors
Wedding photographers have the tough job of capturing images that a couple will enjoy for a lifetime. Some photographers rely on their unique style, while others put increased effort into connecting with the couple through the entire wedding process. We talked with top wedding photography studios to discover their secrets to success.