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Merri C.

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I have enjoyed working as a commercial photography in NYC for 20 years plus, and have just recently moved back to my hometown, Westport Massachusetts and earn my MFA at UMass Dartmouth. I originally became interested in photography as a teen working in the fashion industry when I discovered and fell in love with photography. As a young photographer, I earned my BFA at Pratt Institute and subsequently remained in Brooklyn, NY. My initial jobs were working for editorial magazine assignments photographing portraits of artists, musicians celebrities and trendsetters. I have also photographed around 100 album covers, and for the past 10 years have worked for Apple photographing portraits of celebrities and musicians for events in their Soho, NY and Williamsburg Brooklyn stores. Since 2007, I have also had a business photographing weddings. On the fine art side, prints of my music photography are sold in NYC and LA by Morrison Hotel Gallery.

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camera

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

lens

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 | Canon 20mm f/2.8 | Canon 24mm f/1.4 | Canon 35mm f/1.4 | Canon 50mm f/1.2 | Canon 85mm f/1.2 | Canon 24-70mm f/2.8


Event

Fashion

Commercial

More about Merri C....

What do you love about your job?

My specialty is portraiture. What I love about photographing people is the challenge of finding a comfortable space which allows them to feel relaxed enough to be themselves. When someone is engaged, an expression of that comes through the image visually. I love the process of trying to find an authentic space with the people I photograph.

What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?

The types of shoots I do vary from studio, documentary style and fine art, but I think what I aim to do in every type of shoot I do is try to find the authentic "vibe" of that person or event. I think what makes my approach unique is that I engage the subject in the creative process of pre visualizing what the shoot will be. Each shoot is a collaboration between artist and subject, and I enjoy each shoot for its unique collaboration.

Awards, honors, and recognitions received

I think my stamp of approval came when Rolling Stone used a shot of mine on their cover.

A fun fact about this photographer

The weirdest job I ever had was working for the DA's office in Queens County, NY. I was on night shifts hooked to a beeper. After a crime was committed and they had the perp at the station, they would beep me. I would drive to the nether precincts in Queens and videotape their confessions as they were being questioned by the DA. On full moons I usually got beeped more than once a night. I saw some weird stuff doing that job.

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