Inspiration from Herb Ritts


Sometimes before a big shoot, I look for inspiration to get the creative juices flowing.  Inspiration can come from seeing a good movie, reading a book, attending a lecture, or seeing a show at your local gallery or museum.  It just so happens that one of the early photographic influences in my career, the great visionaire Herb Ritts, was being shown at the Getty museum.  Art buyer Rachel Rein and I knew this would be the inspiration we both needed for our shoot the following day.  We decided to take a break from our hectic production schedule to get the creative juices flowing.

We spent about one hour touring the show reading all the copy and taking in the depth of his work, which was incredible and all-inspiring. His understanding of lighting, composition, and the ability to connect with his subjects was amazing.

In the words of Rachel Rein, Herb Ritts’ style is like “the moment after a deep breath.”  The images feel effortless and classic, but with a modern twist of form and composition.

I left the show full of inspiration and creative energy. Just what I needed to get my creative on. Thank you Herb.

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