The Luupe highlights 9 women photographers to know, follow and hire.
Here’s a roundup of commercial and editorial women photographers who inspire us daily – highlights from our new series of #TheLuupeWeekender weekend takeovers. We encourage you to follow them, get to know their work, and hire them. Reach out to us if you’d like to collaborate on an upcoming project
New York-based Kelly Marshall works across fine art, editorial, and commercial photography to visualize how personal belief systems can manifest themselves into our everyday. Essentially – how these structures can design our lives, our homes – the blueprints for which we live. When she’s not photographing for publications like Travel and Leisure, Marshall spends her time working on her long-term personal project Birthing of a Nation. The project, in Marshall’s words, is “an afro futuristic account of the history of the reproductive justice movement and the healing arts of Black women since 1619.” Learn more about Marshall’s work HERE.
Svetlana is a Serbian-born, Dutch photographer who now lives and works in New York City. She splits her time between commercial assignments and personal projects and has been exhibited and published internationally. Jovanovic’s art-history rich photography toes a close line between fashion editorial and art photo portraiture. Her references range from pre-Raphaelite painting to Louise Bourgeois and Cindy Sherman, using subtle yet deeply psychological light to show her subjects as powerful and commanding yet vulnerably human. Read more about Jovanovic’s portraits HERE.
OK, so this is actually a two-pronged recommendation: an amazing photographer in her own right, we love Gulnara Samoilova’s work as well as her IG page and now book: Women Street Photographers, which is working like fire to shatter the male-dominated gaze in street photography. Check out our interview with Gulnara HERE.
Diane Allford bridges photographic genres, from runway photography and commercial work to personal essays on life and culture in New York City. Her vision comes together in its attention to light and the theater of every day. A significant piece of Allford’s personal and professional practice is highlighting the humanity and joy of Black and Brown communities. It’s a mission that reflects her early days as a photo editor for BET, Emerge, Heart and Soul, YSB, Newsweek and Businessweek Magazines, and NACCP’s The Crisis Magazine, as well as her experience as a rep for a stock photo agency struggling to diversify its content with positive depictions of people of color. Learn more about Allford’s fascinating career HERE.
Fashion and commercial photographer Siobhan Beasley works with brands, designers, and boutiques like GILT Group, Rue Lala, Talbots, and more, and was recently named one of the 12 hottest photographers to follow by Creative Boom Magazine. Her bright, punchy, often pastel-infused images – often dabbling in collage – take a non-traditional approach to editorial and commercial work.
UK-based photographer Hayley Benoit’s career is constantly evolving. Using her experience attending art school at the prestigious Central Saint Martins art school as a building block, Benoit organically built her roster of client brands from the ground up. These now include Panasonic, Gelfidditch, PIMMS, and Nike. Her work has been exhibited and featured in Telegraph, British Journal of Photography, and The National Portrait Gallery. Read more about Benoit’s work and tips for succeeding as a commercial and editorial photographer HERE.
We love Jessica Pettway’s mix of popping colors and playful studio experiments, even when illustrating something as simple as a beverage or grilled cheese sandwich. One of her main inspirations is Looney Toons. Jess writes “I love the sense of humor and the way they idealize food., highlighting the appeal of a wedge of cheese with nothing more than color and use of line.” Jessica received a BFA in photography and video from NYC’s SVA, and regularly shoots for clients like Apple, McCann NY, Uber, Wired, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Refinery29. Learn more about Pettway’s journey from photo student to rockstar photographer HERE.
Durhal uses electric, colorful hues and deep eye-locking connections with her subjects to empower the people in front of her lens, with empathy as her primary goal. The self-taught, Detroit-born, LA-based photographer began her career ten years ago and now shoots for a range of clients including Adidas, Gossamer, and Dr. Martens. Read more about Durhal’s empowering gaze HERE.
Charlee Black is a creative swiss-army-knife: professional photographer, editor, producer, videographer, stylist, and founder of Good Friends Studio, based in the Midwest United States. She describes her studio practice as “a transformative space designed to draw out strength and unleash power.” For Black, it’s a place where her vision and community of photographers can create work together, collaboratively, without competition.