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Herb Ritts started his career selling rattan furniture to movie producers in West Hollywood in the late 70s, and became famous by shooting glamorous photos of his actor friends in the 80s (namely Richard Gere). He carved out a beautiful life for himself… sadly it was cut short at age 50 from complications from pneumonia.

We’ve all seen his work, especially if you grew up in with Madonna, Prince, Janet Jackson and Brittany Spears. He’s known for his clean, minimalist, stark, black and white, graphic style. Often using the beaches of LA, and the desert sands as backdrops – creating sharp shadows with full sun.

Here’s the result of four hours of shooting with Jilian Grey, trying to capture the essence of photographer, Herb Ritts! It’s important to note that Jil is the amazing singer of Hot House Band, and is very comfortable in front of the camera. Very fun!

Setup shot: Two bare Einsteins flagged off, and poiting at white seamless backdrop. One shoot-through umbrella lighting up Jil. On some shots, I removed the umbrella to get a sharper shadow on the backdrop.

The lovely Jil Grey – BEFORE.