If you aren’t familiar with Model Mayhem, it’s a networking community for models, photographers, MUA’s, the people who make it all happen! You can run around mayhem clicking favorites and adding photos to your “favorite folders.” Eyeworks photography have been in my folders forever. Some of the hair, makeup, and creative concepts really stood out to me. His style is truly unique. Just recently I did a blog on model Shaholly from Honolulu. Apparently she had the opportunity to work with this talented photographer, and I had noticed his work in her portfolio. I decided respect is due. Brian is a talented photographer, and if he didn’t live so far, I’d love to shoot with him!
Model: Sindel Chaos
What camera do you use?
aI currently use a Nikon D90… however, mostly everything on my Website was shot with a Canon Digital Rebel… however, artists have been using everything from pinhole cameras to a plethora of various equipment to create beautiful images for over 170 years or so… so it really doesn’t matter what you use… however, if Nikon or Canon will stuff my pockets with money to say they are better, I’d be totally down for that…
Do you do your own photoshop?
I do. I think passing that off to someone else would be like having someone else finish your painting… I would never let anyone retouch one of my images… the result, for better or worse, would not represent me as an artist…
Who does your concepts?
99% of the concepts I have come up with… and most of those have been on the fly after the model arrives… I rarely preplan a theme or idea… I wait until I see the model in person because my shoots are influenced by model, their personality, posing style and emotion vs. having a pre-arranged idea and trying to stuff that model into those parameters…
Where did you learn photography?
In my Studio. I have no formal training in photography. I do have the background of being an oil painter, and thus I feel what is important and separates one photographer images from another is their understanding and ability to manipulate the principles and elements of design.
Where did you go to school? Degree?
I went to Missouri Southern State College in Joplin Missouri for an Art Degree and every minute sucked. I would have learned more by purchasing coloring books at the dollar store. I quit early without a degree… however, I did continue to study on my own and learned much by hitting the library and studying art and design.
Where did you learn photoshop?
Once again, no training… I learned the program by just playing with the program and doing a few tutorials online. Although I will say it is not a very intuitive program and for beginners I do recommend taking classes or buying some books… they have purposely made it difficult and have changed the interface like 3 times in the last few releases, so they can’t even decide between themselves which one is the most confusing and will sell more training materials… ha.
I recently worked with the Midwest Regional Ballet and it was extremely artistically rewarding. From shooting their studio practice sessions to seeing the finished production was an amazing journey. Kaye Lewis, their director, is a genius and the male lead, Jacob Marshall Garrett, is phenomenal to watch. It is emotionally moving and breathtakingly gorgeous to watch these dancers in action.
Favorite models to work with? Makeup artist? Hairstylist?
Without a doubt Sammi Sutton and (L.A. model) Sarah Hilker have been my all-time favorite models to work with… they are ridiculously gorgeous, amazingly talented and hilariously fun to work with. Much adoration, respect and admiration to them both if there are reading this… As far as models I currently work with, I wouldn’t wish to hurt any feelings by pointing out any favorites. However, I will say I feel that I am very blessed and fortunate to work with such a group of talented and beautiful young ladies.
My wife Dena is my favorite makeup artist… I mean, besides getting the crap beat outta me if I don’t say that… she is extremely talented and never fails to give me exactly what I ask for or an improvement on my original thought… and all within a few minutes…
I’m kinda digging doing the hair myself, although it usually looks totally Avant-Garde or stupid… (take your pick) …and I would like to give huge kudos to Marty Serroque of Kansas City. The dude is a workhorse and extremely talented… always produces amazing styling.
How did you get into photography?
About six years ago I was doing web design for a local modeling agency and started retouching their images… after wanting to do more creative work the owner set me up with my first shoot.. (Many thanks David!)… After that shoot I knew what I was here for…
What are your inspirations?
Hmm… will try to keep this short but the list is never-ending… I’m inspired by everything from the great fashion work of Irving Penn to a logo I saw on a gas pump yesterday… Most influences are art related such as the cinema of Krzysztof Kieślowski and Ingmar Bergman, the ethereal and haunting music of theCocteau Twins and Delerium, Art movements from Gothic to the new Pop Surrealism, Vogue photographers Paolo Roversi and Miles Aldridge and most recently by professional Ballet… and of course by the models themselves…
What are your goals as a photographer?
My only goal is to continue to work in my studio for my own satisfaction. If people like the work, great, if they do not, great. However, don’t tell me why you don’t like it because I don’t frankly care… when I start letting others guide my work by their critiques then I know it will be time to hang up my camera…
I sincerely with to thank you for taking an interest in the work and by giving me this chance to discuss it… with the limitless range of amazing artists, I do feel exceeding grateful for this opportunity and obviously without the hard work and dedication from all my amazing models, makeup artists, hair stylists it would not be possible…. Much love to you all. Oh, last thing… if I don’t mention her I may hear about it… so I will. Skylear. Okay, all done, thank you!
Brian DeMint is a 3x Picture of the Day Winner on ModelMayhem.
Commercial Fashion Work
Brown Shoe Company Style Guide
Pink Label Corsets
Shae Belle Boutique
So You Boutique
Harem & Company
Shannon Thomas: “Brainstorming”
A Day Away: “Touch me, Tease Me”
Shadows Chasing Ghosts: “Never get a Wolves Attention by Pulling it’s Tail”
Downtown Now Magazine (3 covers and 2 fashion editorials)
Downtown Beat magazine (3 covers and features)
Echo Immortalis Magazine
XM West Magazine
Brian DeMint is a regular shooter for Fiori Fashion Magazine… will be a featured photographer in the next issue of AfterCapture magazine. He is also on the DVD series Photovision and does lectures around the country. He currently has 2 ads that will be running in Elle magazine for a jewelry designer.
“I am just fortunate to work with outstanding models who make me look much better then I am… but I did want you to know that there is much more then what I post here on MM…”
Refreshing to meet a humble photographer with talent. Sometimes talent can go to your head and you forget that it takes a whole team to make a professional production.