When I first had the idea to write this post, I didn’t quite realise the scale of the task that I was taking on.
I’ve been scouring the internet for over a month now with the incredibly tough task of whittling it down from about 100 young photographers to just 20. I’ve then had to put them all in order, ranking them based on my own experience of what’s out there and, of course, my own personal taste.
The standard of work has near enough blown me away as I wasn’t expecting something so great.
Thanks to everyone who has recommended someone to me; it’s been hard to keep track of where they’ve all come from.
I encourage you to visit the websites and fan pages of each of the people listed here. There’s so much talent that you’ll either be completely inspired, or it will ruin your day.
Lara Jade started her own photography career at the age of 17, originally taking on small clients in England, before becoming a fully fledged Fashion, Portrait & Advertising Photographer in New York City.
With quality work came high demand and Lara has taken it in her stride: her work has been featured in well known fashion and photography magazines worldwide.
Not only is she hugely successful in the social media scene (70,000 fans on Facebook) but Lara is also currently working worldwide and represented by leading agencies in London, Milan & the USA.
If that’s not enough to inspire you, you should know that she’s sponsored by Canon, Bowens Lighting, Broncolor Lighting, Lensbaby, Wacom and Datacolor, and is currently designing her own range of camera bags for US camera bag brand Naneu.
“Brooke Shaden is a fine art photographer living and working in the Los Angeles area. Her passion lies in creating new worlds through photographs. Her vision extends beyond the realm of the camera, creating images that resemble paintings and speak of an era that is not our own. Each image is a story.”
That’s what I love about her photography: it always looks as though it was taken in another world, with a dreamy like atmosphere. She has an incredible vision and you can see that in every one of her photos.
I’ve been following her (in a non-stalky kind of way) for a few months now and her work just continues to improve. Check this photo out.
Joey was actually the inspiration behind this post from when I first came across him over a year ago now.
I was browsing a photography forum and people were listing their favourite photographers. Someone mentioned him and I couldn’t help but think ‘Jeez, how has someone so young done so much?’
He’s a Canadian-born photographer and director, currently based in New York City and his client list speaks for itself: Verizon, Nickelodeon, History channel, FX Channel, Smirnoff, Kawasaki, Forbes and The Government of Abu Dhabi.
He works closely with Lara Jade (listed above) making a tutorial DVD. Check out this photo of his, I just love his lighting.
If you’d like to see her list of awards and accolades, click here. There are simply too many to list but the one that stands out the most to me is when she was named Photographer of the Year by Elle Singapore in November 2011.
At just 23, her portfolio has expanded to include names like MontBlanc, Canon, Lancôme, Pond’s, Wacom, Random House Publishing, as well as Elle, Zink and many other international publications.
The success of her work has brought her to shoot in Paris, London, New York and Tokyo in just the short span of three years since turning professional. If that’s not enough, you should know that she currently manages a StarCraft II team, Infinity Seven.
“I’m a twenty-one year young photographer who likes to play and make magic with her camera. I’m a child with stars in my eyes, love in my heart and photography in my blood.”
I can’t remember when I first came across Kitty but I do remember being inspired by the depth of her portfolio at such a young age. It inspired me to find more time to take photos for fun.
It seems that Kitty is a girl after my own heart; she realises how nerve-wrecking it feels to stare into a camera lens, hence she always tries to make her clients feel at ease.
She hates forced smiles and awkwardly framed poses, so she works to bring out the emotion and personality of the model.
Thinking up new concepts to communicate a photograph, she tries to stretch the margins of regular photography and turn it into a tale. Check this photo out.
8 – Nirrimi Hakanson – 19
Nirrimi is a 19 year old Australian girl from North Queensland and, in her own words:
“It was always summer and my parents were wild and free, my childhood unconventionally beautiful. All that was, inspired all that is now. And so the naivety and quiet beauty of youth fascinates me, photography becomes a way to relive my own childhood.”
She started out on deviantART when she was about 13 and, by the age of 16, she had signed to an agency shooting her favourite magazine. By 17 she was shooting Diesel’s winter campaign in NYC.
She has more of a career at her age than most people could ever even wish for and she’s earned it.
Alexandra is a 19 year old, self taught photographer from France who ‘loves to capture love, fairies, childhood dreams and fragility’.
She lists on Facebook that she uses a Canon 5D Mark II + 50mm f/1.8 + Photoshop, which just goes to show what you can do with a small amount of kit.
I recommend the f/1.8 to all beginner photographers and, on a full frame camera like the Canon 5D Mark II, the photos really shine. Because of her style, the photos she produces are very dreamy looking and soft. I don’t usually like too much of that but I think it just suits her.
Lindsay Adler is an energetic, passionate fashion photographer living in New York and London where she teaches photo workshops, creates editorials, writes articles and pursues her passions.
Some of the concepts on her website are really interesting and her work should help inspire you to create some interesting photography yourself. Her work has been published in various magazines and, in her 26 years, she’s really managed to establish herself.
I think that Karrah, the 21 year old conceptual portrait artist and event photographer, sums herself up better than I ever could:
“one day i woke up with a dream. i wanted to be a photographer. and ever since march 24th, 2010, that is all i have been.
ive chased the sunrise across fields with my lover. ive spent an evening capturing dragonflies, and watching them fly back to freedom through the sky. ive waded through lakes, with just my camera peeking above the waves. ive driven across the country to meet perfect strangers, and bathed in waterfalls after covering myself in mud. ive spent countless nights, mornings, and afternoons running around aimlessly, and just because i have my camera, everything was, and always will be, ok.
sometimes i feel like photographers have uncovered a special secret. a crazy, amazing, and beautiful secret. the key to truly living. all i want is to be alive. ”
Ailera is a 20 year old photographer from Vilnius, Lithuania who is now living and studying photography in London, United Kingdom.
For a student, her portfolio is incredible and the photo you see below on her home page is the one that made me fall in love with her photography.
If you have the time, go and really explore her website.
“I always liked to escape into other worlds through books, movies and music, but I found out that the best way to do that is by taking pictures. My photography is a way to capture moments and make them magical, bring the dreams into this world.”
Servan is from Brussels and, as I don’t speak French, it’s hard for me to learn too much about him, at least from what he’s written.
The quality of his photography speaks for itself, especially when it comes to originality. This is probably my favourite album of his because it seems to be quite a personal expression of his own style and taste – almost like a slightly crazy fashion album.
It’s good photography with a playful mix of colour and creativity. I look forward to seeing what else he has to share with us.
Faye Sampson is a 21 year old internationally published fashion photographer and a first class degree graduate from London.
She has already produced over twenty editorials for magazine publications, along with many other online features and interviews.
I started following her on Facebook a few weeks ago and, to be honest, I thought it was the work of a much more experienced photographer, not someone who began teaching themselves photography just three years ago, aged 18.
From some of her behind the scene photos, you can clearly see that she spends a lot of time retouching her photos but she does it so well that you barely even notice – it only adds to her already great photography.
“His work is rooted in memory, both personal and collective and he strives to approach every photograph with a sense of intimacy. He believes that stories are the fabric of history and that they have the power to inform and transform. While he has worked on five continents, Matt’s images focus on his own back yard, often exploring communities, the issues they face and their sense of identity.”
This was one of those situations where you’re not really that blown away by someone’s work… then you start to look a little deeper into the photos and see something more than what you saw before.
He has this amazing ability to capture a moment where the picture says it all. Spend some time and browse his site.
Matthew is a freelance editorial and portrait photographer based in London, working for The Times, Getty Images and Bloomberg, alongside various corporate clients.
His work has been published all over the world in various publications; if you have a look at his portfolio, you’ll be surprised by some of the people he’s photographed.
From an ex Prime Minister to winner of best restaurant in the world, he certainly has taken photos of a lot of very important people. It’s not just me who thinks he’s good – he’s won three different awards for young photographer of the year as well.
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