Photographer Spotlight: Kevin Michael Reed

New York fashion photographer Kevin Michael Reed trained as a professional ballet dancer before picking up a camera.

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Kevin Michael Reed
Kevin Michael Reed first picked up a camera to document his travels in various ballet companies around the country. But it wasn't until years later, while working at an ad agency, that Reed had something of an epiphany while contemplating Richard Avedon's portraiture. "I decided I wanted to attempt to shoot people," says Reed. "I ordered a cheap, photographic strobe off of eBay and a week later, without any experience, I photographed a local model...A few months later, I quit my job in advertising and started exploring ways to make photography a career."
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Kevin Michael Reed
Kevin Michael Reed first picked up a camera to document his travels in various ballet companies around the country. But it wasn't until years later, while working at an ad agency, that Reed had something of an epiphany while contemplating Richard Avedon's portraiture. "I decided I wanted to attempt to shoot people," says Reed. "I ordered a cheap, photographic strobe off eBay, and a week later, without any experience, I photographed a local model ... A few months later, I quit my job in advertising and started exploring ways to make photography a career."
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Kevin Michael Reed
After cutting his teeth with photo-assistant gigs, Reed resolved to hone his photo skills at FIT. "While I always had an interest in fashion from my days in the theater, FIT really gave me a strong appreciation for fashion," Reed explains. "Fashion photography is all about collaboration with other artists, the team, and this environment is perfect for the way I like to work."
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Reed's love of theatricality and opulent, luxurious settings -- he admits a particular interest in "eveningwear" -- is immediately apparent in his portfolio, which is packed with fairy tale beauties and soft, romantic lighting.
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Yet Reed also incorporates avant garde or edgy elements into much of his work. "A lot of my inspiration as an artist comes from looking at art. I spend a lot of time in museums and art galleries staring at paintings to understand how they used light, shadow, and how they developed their concepts," he says. "My inspiration is usually found on the streets of New York, or whatever city I may be working at any point in time."
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Kevin Michael Reed
Asked who he's eager to get behind the lens next, Reed laughs that the prompt is "like asking to look inside a teenage girl's diary." High on his current wish list: Hollywood lovelies like Blake Lively, Michelle Williams and Leighton Meester.
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