Kwaku’s career as a commercial and celebrity photographer began in New York where he worked for clients such as The New York Times Magazine, Sony Music, Rolling Stone and Miramax Films. Since opening his own studio in the pop culture hub of Venice Beach, California, he’s shot for top publications, film studios and TV networks as well as taken portraits of celebrities ranging from Tiger Woods, Samuel Jackson, Brad Pitt, Ashton Kutcher and Heath Ledger to Michelle Obama, Halle Berry, […]
Behind the scenes lighting setup and breakdown Oprah’s glam team 2013 ended with one of the most exciting jobs of the year: photographing the much anticipated Essence Hollywood Issue featuring Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Michael B Jordan. Essence’s editors and these legendary thespians met me in Los Angeles, where we constructed a beautiful set to capture the energy and excitement of an epic year at the movies. Enjoy these special behind the scenes moments. Thank you […]
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It was an honor to be featured by Professional Photographer Magazine as their cover story this month and have their support. Read the article here. Also in collaboration with Professional Photographer Magazine is my participation in the Imaging USA event in Phoenix, Arizona January 12-14. You can find me lecturing on Monday, January 13th from 10-1130 AM about the art of photographing icons. See the full schedule boasting a wide range of talent on their website. — […]
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Trent Reznor for Fader September 10th, 10:53 AM. Upload images to FTP for proofing cover. September 9th – 3:37 PM. Confirm correct negative for scanning. September 9th – 3:33 PM. Landed at The Icon with negatives. September 9th – 2:55 PM. Lost down memory lane. September 9th – 2:50 PM. Secured the box. September 9th – 2:45 PM. Locate the box. September 9th – 2:43 PM. Rushing to find negatives. There comes a time in your photographic career when you […]
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Art of Studio is excited to present Sara Swaty’s 3rd solo show featuring her ongoing photographic social documentary, In Between & Outside. This portrait series examines different perceptions of gender and how it related to sexuality through exploring the human body and gender identity across a broad spectrum of individuals. Please come and show your support for a new rising star just hitting the Los Angeles photography scene. Enjoy drinks and dialogue over this personal passion project!! To learn more […]
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Great catching up with makeup artist Sam Fine, and Tim Snell, who i worked with in NYC at the very beginning of my career in NYC. Guest DJ! Recently I had the pleasure of photographing hip-hop’s first lady, the radiant Queen Latifah, for USA Weekend with photo director, David Baratz. Queen was an absolute joy to be around and infected everyone with her energy, from jamming out with the DJ to singing some soul as we worked outside. I felt […]
Thank you to Leigh Andersen from Industry for the lovely feature on our Art of Studio space for the first installment of their Studio Visit series. Read about it here. We are delighted to share our mix of analog and digital media and experiences with the world.
This is a film I created while on set with Essence Magazine for the Janelle Monae cover story, and am excited to announce it is finally live on my website!
I had the pleasure of recently meeting with fellow creative and friend, Kenny Gravillis, who has built his business up from a 2-person operation in his home with business partner and wife DeAnna, to a beautifully structured office space full of light, art, and creativity bursting everywhere. Gravillis Inc has created some of the top movie posters in the industry and I’ve had the pleasure of working with him on photo shoots. After witnessing his company’s growth and entrepreneurial spirit, I […]
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