Ah… the life of a celebrity photographer. Jessica Simpson, Quentin Tarantino, Pamela Anderson, Tim Burton, Steven Spielberg…. Big names, beautiful people, easy life, right? Not so fast. Behind all that glamour is a serious business that takes total dedication, discipline, and hard work.
We’re not talking about paparazzi that go chasing after the rich and famous. We're talking about Alan Mercer, one of Hollywood’s best-known publicity photographers. The rich and famous call Alan when they want artistic, beautifully shot portraits for their CD and DVD covers, magazine spreads, billboards, portfolios, websites, and other publicity needs.
While Alan didn’t always know he wanted to be a celebrity photographer, he always knew he wanted to be an artist. Growing up in the Midwest, Alan followed his passions for drawing and painting. But fortuitous meetings with his idols Andy Warhol and photographer Richard Avedon, influenced him greatly. When he moved to Dallas in 1992, he shifted his focus to photography, finding it a more accessible art form – and a better way to make a living.
In 1997, Alan decided to concentrate on celebrity photography, and, in a move that was pretty cutting edge at the time, launched his website in the hopes that he would be discovered. It worked. Oscar winning director, James Moll, found Alan’s website and hired him to photograph the cover of his DVD. From there, Alan was tapped for a special project to assemble and photograph Steven Spielberg and six other great directors. A business was born. Since then, Alan has been called upon by the biggest names in music, film, and television. Along with his creative partner, Eric Venturo, Alan has built a reputation for producing beautiful, flattering portraits without a lot of fuss. “Believe it or not, celebrities don’t like having their picture taken,” says Alan. “They don’t have a lot of time so they appreciate a photo session that is quick and easy.”
From stunning newcomers to glamorous Hollywood veterans, Alan Mercer works hard to make it look easy. Check for updates at http://amprofile.blogspot.com/