We had the good fortune of connecting with Steve Ellinger, CPP and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Steve, let’s jump right in. What are you most passionate about? Why?
I am most passionate about creating great fashionable art and photography and helping others advance their modeling and photography career.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
In addition to being an agency photographer, I am a practicing architect. The overlap and similarities of fashion and architecture is clear. Scale, texture, symmetry, proportion, color, balance, composition. Whereas designing a building may take a couple of years to see the result, photography helps realize those similar creative goals much faster. I am often asked how I so easily generate the fashionable compositions that I do. Using the same psychology that I use in architectural design, I am able to draw ones eyes to the intended point of the image. It has always been my goal to provide images that are unique. I also recognize the importance of having a team as part of any successful shoot. I may be directing the shoot, but each participant has a definite role that I rely on. EVERY good shoot has a very qualified team in place.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
When I have the opportunity to grab a meal after an agency test, I like to take to our out-of-town visitors to some local favorites that exhibit our local tastes and enjoyment. I love it when I am working with an model who has flown in from NYC and give them TEXAS BBQ and Mexican food.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I cannot be more appreciative of all of the help and support of the major agencies in Texas and some in New York. I also owe a lot to the various stylists, MUAH team members and others that are always on set to help make the shoot a success. I am also appreciate of the opportunities that have come my way to teach and instruct, including three years as an instructor at the Texas School of Professional Photograph, as well as the many TPPA and PPA programs that I have presented.
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Models shown: Bex Sollars Taylor Andrews Morgan Passante Liv Swardh Elissa Williams Charlotte Peters Olga Khomenko Callie Herd