David Vaaknin - Jerusalem, Israel - David Vaaknin is a freelance photographer based in Jerusalem, Israel. As an experienced photojournalist, he incorporates a reportage style and aims to maximize the use of natural light in his editorial and commercial assignments. He specializes in environmental portraiture, landscape, travel, and lifestyle photography. His clients include IBM Systems Magazine, Monocle, Ernst & Young Exceptional Magazine, and Cooking Light Magazine. His photojournalistic work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and BBC News.
Michael Morgenstern - Cherry Hill, New Jersey - As an illustrator for many magazines and book publishers, Michael Morgenstern was selected as one of the “Best 200 Illustrators Worldwide” and one of the “Best 200 Digital Artists Worldwide” by Luerzer’s Archive. Art directors say they like his conceptual approach, fantastic landscapes, and intense colors. He illustrates each week for The Economist’s “Banyan” section and the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Opinion” page. Some of his other clients include Adobe, Random House, Farrar Strauss and Giroux, Sherwin Williams, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Newsweek, and Utne Reader.
Paolo Nobile - Milan, Italy - Paolo’s ability to shoot the kind of pictures that make you hungry, combined with his knowledge of the film language, results in breathtaking video. What attracts him to motion photography is the possibility to convey a wider story about the subject that can be emotionally amplified by a piece of great music. His past clients include Chronicle Books, Gourmet, Lavazza, and Barilla.
"Copyright law can be obscure, but nothing could have prepared British photographer David Slater for what would happen after a monkey stole his camera in Indonesia to take a selfie." - Olivier Laurent of TIME Lightbox
This week, we’re showcasing 10 creatives from a variety of genres including Photography, Illustration, Makeup, Hair Styling and Installation Art. Take a look at their work below and if you’d like to see more, click on their portfolio links.
"A crusader for citizens’ rights to record police officers performing their duties in public has sued the City of New York and several police officers, seeking monetary damages for unlawful arrest, and a declaratory judgment in defense of citizens’ constitutional rights to record police without fear of intimidation or retribution." - David Walker
“I consider myself a pretty computer illiterate person and I was really overwhelmed and intimidated when I first decided to design a website for my business.
I couldn’t afford an expensive graphic designer but I didn’t want to put something on the web that didn’t look professionally built. A friend of mine told me about Dripbook and after seeing her website she designed with it I was sold. It was very simple to design and upload everything that I wanted to show on my site.
I’m very proud and confident to send potential clients to my website, and it’s more than paid for itself by bringing in business from all the exposure my site gives me. Thanks Dripbook!" - Nick Manelos - Hair Stylist
Petra van Raaij - Berlin, Germany - Petra van Raaij is a Berlin/Cape Town-based Fashion Photographer, originally from the Netherlands. She first discovered her passion for photography while studying Fashion Design at the School of Fine Arts in Maastricht. Petra shoots internationally and specializes in lingerie, swimwear, and beauty. Preferring to shoot on location and in natural light, her images show a great sensitivity and have a dreamy, sensual feel. Her clients include Elle, Acuvue, Marie Claire, Gala, Mirage, Swarovski Parfum, LTD, Glamour, Seventeen, GQ, Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health, and Blue Fire Co.
Kotryna Zukauskaite - Vilnius, Lithuania - Kotryna Zukauskaite is a freelance illustrator based in Vilnius, Lithuania who is represented by Joanie Bernstein. Her work is both graphic and conceptual, and is made of vector forms filled in with scanned hand-made patterns and textures to yield a hybrid of collage and digital precision. Kotryna specializes in editorial, popular science, academic, and corporate publishing illustration, and her client list includes The Washington Post, Variety, Morningstar Advisor, New Scientist, Scientific American, Appelberg, Brunswick Review, and Random House.
Rouge Awakening - Los Angeles, California - Dianna Esteves Vieira of Rouge Awakening is a makeup artist based in LA and NYC who specializes in holistic beauty. Her unique approach to skin care and beauty stems from organic, nutrient enriched foods, toxic free cosmetics/products, and clean living. She uses practical elements to obtain an ‘inner glow’ and achieve youthful, red carpet-ready skin. Her clients include CNN, Astrella Musical T’s, Tantalum Magazine, Hey Dude Shoes, Factice Magazine, and Mario Joyner.
"Photographer Markus Berger from The Cooperative of Photography put together a quick two and a half minute video demonstrating some really cool photography tips using everyday household objects. From a simple beer coozy to a flaming aerosol can, Markus points out some creative ways to step up your photography game." -Aaron Brown
“I’m often shooting self-assigned projects, at times to test various cameras, techniques, ideas, or to create some work for my portfolio. This time it was partially to see how low we could drive the production value and still net amazing images. Many of you creative types will understand that you’re sometimes asked to create world-class work with local newspaper budgets, so let’s see what we can do – Ed Wood style! Of course, I’m also a sucker for a pretty girl riding a bike in NYC. Thanks to everyone who helped me to make this happen: Wendy, Ed, Chris, and the wonderful Cristina who put on a smile while injured! ” - scottlowdenphotography
"For Great Expectations, Los Angeles based photographer janacruder imagines the domestic life of the iconic Barbie and Ken. In contrast to the suburban fantasy sold by the dolls from 1959 into the present, Cruder offers a portrait of marital loneliness and disillusionment. During a rough economic year, an unemployed Ken becomes a househusband, and Barbie pursues a career. Sporting her 1959 hairdo and fashions, the living doll notices to her dismay that her husband is forming an increasingly close bond with their neighbor, Joe. Here, the couple’s lives play out in a state of tense, wordless chilliness.” - featureshoot
Mark Mawson - London, United Kingdom - Mark is a London based photographer with 25+ years of experience. His images have a cinematic style and he is particularly known for his atmospheric underwater fashion images and a colorful liquid series titled ‘Aqueous’. He also shoots motion and an ‘Aqueous’ video was projected onto the walls of London’s Buckingham Palace as the backdrop to The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert in 2012. His clients include Sherwin-Williams, GAP, Havaianas, Bacardi, Sony, and IMAX.
Rebecca Jefferson - Los Angeles, California - Rebecca Jefferson is a Los Angeles based wardrobe stylist who is known for her innate fashion sense and passion for her craft. Her keen eye and creative talents have allowed her to thrive on both ends of the styling spectrum, from working with international brands like Hanes on yearly campaigns as a creative director/wardrobe stylist, to dressing clients for the red carpet of the Met Gala. Some of the celebrity clients that Rebecca has worked with include Kris Jenner, Jurnee Smollett, Vanessa Simmons, Rachael Taylor, Rob Kardashian, and Damian Marley.
Echo Chernik - Issaquah, Washington - Echo Chernik is an instructor and internationally award-winning illustrator of advertising, packaging, covers, posters, and products. She also has a significant fine art career, bringing her vision of art nouveau to the public. Her works are figurative themes with soft textures and organic lines juxtaposed with ornate vector elements and patterns. She begins in graphite on vellum before scanning and painting digitally, balancing raster and vector techniques with precision. Her clients include Celestial Seasonings, McDonalds, Miller-Coors, Penguin Publishing, Jose Cuervo, and Pernod Ricard.
"I started using Dripbook in 2011 and was immediately amazed by how sleek and easy it was to use, and all the potential it had. I started networking with people and getting called for jobs, so…" -Nuno Xico - Motion, New York City
"There are few images that have held the photographer’s gaze quite like the setting sun. For Broken Mirror/ Evening Sky, photographer Bing Wright complicates this iconic image, capturing the evening sky in as reflected through fractured mirrors." -Ellyn Ruddick of featureshoot