Our list of the 11 best Phoenix fashion photographers contains some names you might know, as well as some up-and-comers who we feel really deserve a little boost. Each of the best Phoenix fashion photographers have something unique about their style that makes them perfectly suited to tell stories through images. They’re also almost guaranteed to connect with viewers and people interested in certain brands. Looking through their portfolios, we found ourselves drawn in not just to the story’s they’re telling, but also into the mysteries their work seems to be unraveling.
Sandy Goldstein is a fashion and beauty photographer working in Phoenix, AZ, and New York. She takes editorial fashion photos that are both youthful and classic, expertly styled, full of liquid light and soft glossy highlights. She excels especially in fashion portraiture — each photo containing soft, glamorous, somehow almost alien expressions, as well as pulling you in immediately, laser-focusing your vision right into the twin white highlights in each model’s pupils.
Her style is quite versatile, both editorial and yet clearly bordering on fine art — sensual without sexualizing. Take a look at her mysterious, marble-smooth fashion portraits, and imagine how you or your models would look under her direction.
Eva Nys is a Phoenix-based fashion photographer with an eye for form, structure, and the delicate yet powerful musculature of the human body. Her fashion photos are stunning, constantly bringing to bear both the vision of stylist and the understanding of the human form of an anatomist.
Take a look at her photos, and you’ll see an artist who is able to capture stillness –– that mysterious frozenness of great conceptual photographs –– while also capturing the fact that all human stillness is achieved through the counter pull of equal but opposing forces (the muscles of the back muscles vs. the muscles of the core, and so on). And this idea of stillness achieved through the careful composition of opposites makes for dramatic, almost lyrical photographs.
When you’re trying to name the best fashion photographers in any area, it can get challenging to try to tie down a creative from any one city, as they all do quite a bit of traveling for their work. Chris Loomis is no exception to that rule. But — because so much of his works is done here in Phoenix, he has a solid relationship with the FORD/Robert Black Agency, and he’s got at Arizona phone number –– we’re just going to go ahead and claim him as our own.
Chris is a gifted editorial fashion photographer with a long background and extensive training in fine arts. He brings a powerful vision and a high-quality direction to every shoot he’s involved in. His style blends elements of surrealism, futurism, couture, and even the zany cartoons of youth into something unique and utterly engrossing.
Jim Hesterman takes editorial fashion photos in a classic, well-established cosmopolitan style, with just enough punk edge to consistently make you do a double take. It’s not uncommon to notice that you’ve missed a little something in your first attempt to understand his work — a crucial something.
Whether he’s shooting in studio or against the urban landscape, he brings out equal parts of his models’ inner-children and their inner-monsters. This way, he can create his signature style of piercing, mysterious fashion photography.
Justin Proctor’s in-studio fashion photography truly stands apart. His combination of careful styling, artful compositions, and thoughtful direction allow him to achieve a wide variety artistic effects. From wonder, to disaffection, to humor, to sexiness. And he neither ceases to play nor does anything seem to be off-limits from his sense of play. Like a good poet, he understands that in the hands of the right artist, the trappings of death can be just as funny, attractive, or sexy as the trappings of youth and longing.
What we think makes Justin one of the best photographers in Phoenix is the fact it seems as though every level of his photographs is meticulously planned for effect. In addition, when you work with him, you absolutely know this creative is chasing a vision, and you’re likely to get swept up and in that passion yourself.
Jonathan Puente is a talented fashion photographer whose sexy yet wholesome style seems to celebrate life at every turn. His compositions are carefully styled and yet composed according to a minimalist sensibility that we really dig. The conceptual elements of his photos are rarely imposed over the work his models are doing. Instead, he seems to work within some role halfway between director and spectator, which allows his models to bring their experience to bear.
Some artists come to their work where preexisting notions of what is beautiful and what isn’t, whereas other artists come to their work and they actually let the muse in front of them inspire them. And, while both types of artists are able to produce great work, we frankly appreciate that Jonathan is this latter type of artist. If you’re a model who feels you’ve got something to give that you’ve never quite been given the green light to show, then you will love working with Jonathan.
Elif Oner is a Tempe-based fashion photographer who has also made a name for herself shooting lifestyle, couples’, and wedding photography. Her fashion photos are playful, narrative editorial shots that feature backgrounds, styling, and attitude-filled models that create evocative, gorgeous paragraphs filled with joie de vivre.
She’s a highly talented landscape photographer, so we recommend that when you work with her, you put her through her paces by selecting a gorgeous locale — like the desert at sunset, for example. Your model and the brands you work with will thank you.
Orlando Pelagio takes emotive, narrative editorial fashion photos with just an edge of conceptual art. In each photo, the model and their styling are always star of the show –– and yet it’d be impossible to ignore that there is a loving, thoughtful artist behind the camera.
What this adds up to is fashion photos in which two conversations are occurring simultaneously: the conversation of the artist with his art, and the conversation between the model and viewer. This ability to tell stories with two threads without ever imposing unfairly or unkindly over the work of his models is just part of what makes Orlando one of the best Phoenix fashion photographers.
Taylore C. Evans, AKA Outlandaa from the planet Neptune, is incredibly talented. We’re frankly in love with her vision. Her photos are playful, humorously disaffected, unapologetic, and yet composed so artfully. She pays such attention to color and contrast that it wouldn’t be surprising if she has had formal training in classical art.
If you want to work with a photographer who can connect with youth, as well as challenge both your preconceptions and those of consumers, check out Outlandaa’s work. It’s photo after photo of fun, whiplash-inspiring, whimsical, alien art, each with a conceptual element that will leave you wanting to understand exactly how her mind works.
Jessica Juniper, the mastermind behind Juniper Photo Co., is a Phoenix-based creative who has made a name for herself as a family photographer, a wedding and couples’ photographer, and, of course, a fashion photographer. Her style is narrative and editorial with quite a bit more attention to staging and landscape than the average fashion photographer.
We’re tempted to say she’s the most Instagram-forward of the photographers on this list, but we don’t want you to misunderstand us. It’s really just that her photos are so structural and architectural, boasting such attention to symmetry that they look amazing in Instagram’s square-grid format. If you want to work with someone who will pump new energy into your project and bring a totally unique point of view, give Jessica a chance and thank us later.
Emily McHerron is an editorial fashion photographer from Phoenix with a real talent for taking emotion-filled portraits. She’s able to use a little dirt, a little sweat, a little attitude to really bring forward the humanity, longing, and worth of her models.
Moreover, she’s a super-talented portrait artist who can employ a fly-on-the-wall perspective to capture people the way they would be if they were alone. Portraying solitude like that is a highly valuable skill in a fashion photographer. Take a look at her portfolio to get an idea of why we consider her one of the best fashion photographers in Phoenix. We’re positive she can take your next shoot to a whole new level.
We hope you found what you were looking for. And, if nothing else, we’re simply glad to be able to give shout-outs to these 11 hardworking, hustling Phoenix artists. We’re creative, too, and so we know that the life of creatives often feels like the whole world is telling you to just quit, as if it’s selfish somehow to sacrifice so much to try to achieve something so “unrealistic.” And this untruth wears us out. So, to the 11 artists on this list, if you ever happen to see this little blog of ours –– thank you for doing what you’re doing. Keep it up — you all are quite literally the best.