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I first met Russell at Tsunami’s in Waikiki. I was walking by with a friend model of mine, Mario Lopez, and I glanced in and saw him playing darts with a friend.
“That’s Russell,” I told my friend,” let’s go say hi!” I had not formally met Russell before, but I went up and introduced myself. He was very friendly, and next thing you know, we were having cocktails, and exchanging business cards for the Japanese designer who gave him his cool jeans. The bar was dead and it was just the 4 of us playing darts together.
His face is no secret to the Hawaii model scene. RUSSELL TANOUE, special event host/producer, and one of the most successful fashion/glam photographers in Hawaii, has been shooting the top models and creating big faces in Hawaii for 20 years now. His photos can be seen all over, including Midweek magazine and Swimsuit Ilustrated.
How long have you been a photographer in Honolulu?
What got you started into photography?
I began doing makeup and started taking photos of my work which lead to the photographer I am today.
What are your favorite things to photograph?
I love a wide array of subjects. Like I tell aspiring photographers, it’s not how pretty your model is, it’s how much better you can make them look. I like taking a norm and making them spectacular. A pretty face can be boring after awhile.
What inspires you as a photographer?
Well after all these years, I’m very much inspired but what you DON’T see. It’s amazing on how I can feel a person so well. And that inner beauty is what inspires me. Even a person that is so insecure or low self esteem, it inspires me to lift them. Bring to a place they feel safe then capture the beauty they are hiding.
If you could shoot any celebrities who would you shoot?
Celebrities for me are just people. I think I would love to shoot Oprah because I’m sure on
the set she would simply be herself.
If you could shoot for any fashion house who would it be?
Where have you been published?
Midweek, KoreAM, Face Magazine, RPM, Swimsuit Illustrated, Transpacific Magazine, Pacific Rim, Honolulu Magazine, Calendars, CD covers to name a few.
What is your weapon of choice? (camera)
I love my coolpix! Ha, ha
Do you do your own photoshop or work with graphic artists?
Yes I do it all.
Where did you go to school?
You do Beautiful @ Pearl now every Saturday? Tell us more about Beautiful.
Beautiful is on it’s 5th successful year and is on the last Saturday of every month. The event is special because it’s not about quantity, but quality. VIP’s are really cool people and most are successful individuals, celebrities, etc. I have a great following and at the event is where a lot
of my fans have come to meet me in person for the first time. For some, amazing friendships were born at the event.
What other events and promotions have you been a part of?
I produce special events annually such as my charity event Inspire, Chinese NY Event, NYE
events and coming up in July is my 13th Annual Birthday Celebration.
What got you started into promotions?
It was my annual birthday celebrations that started promotions. My annual birthday events were held at Ocean Club for 5 years and this is when I was asked to host a once a month event there. The Piranha Room, which guest stood in line for 2 hours or more just to get in. The event was featured on E Entertainment, MTV, Travel Channel, etc. It really was the start to so many other club events
Lets hear more about you:
I dine a lot so to pick just one favorite, hmmmmmm. I love
Tavola Tavola on Monsaratt, Chai’s, Ruth Chris, Mortons, Bistro Aun, Mac 247
damn their calamari is to die for! The list goes on and on.
Fav club? I would have to say Pearl. But I also love the Lobby Bar at the
Fav drink/ cocktail?
Grey goose splash nothing.
Fav color: Brown, light blue, black
What’s your sign? Cancer with a nice shell. (that means he’s compatible with sexy Scorpios and Romantic Pisces)
Boxers or briefs (or commando) 😉
wow, I love both. Briefs and boxers.
Any previous gigs?
HOP! Chinese New Year Celebration Year of the Rabbit @ Pearl
Any upcoming gigs?
Beautiful on March 26, MidWeek 12th Annual Swimsuit
Issue shoot, 13th Annual RTFOTO Birthday Bash in July.
Check out his ongoing event @ Pearl, Beautiful on Saturday.
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“Life passes most people by while they’re making grand plans for it.” George Jung. (Johnny Depp) Blow
I asked my daughter what she’s going to do when she grows up. She said she’s going to do art. She wants to do 10 things when she’s big. She wants to paint nails, and play computer. She wants to make funny faces. She said she’ll work a lot like Mommy, and give her kids respect and lots of toys. She says adults don’t play. I guess she sees me working all the time.
I often think how nice it would be to be a kid again. When I was young, I couldn’t wait to grow up. My parent’s always told me, before you know it you’re going to be a grown up and you’re going to wish you were a kid again. Yeah right, I thought. I’m tired of my parents bossing me around.
When I was 15 I ran away from home. I didn’t see my parents for 3 years. I hustled hard to pay for a hotel at the Prince in Waikiki. I had enough money for food, but had to eat $1 menu @ Jack in the Crack often. Once in a while I’d pick up a case of Smirnoff Ice, or a beer. I didn’t have a lot of clothes, in fact, I could fit it all in a back pack, because sometimes when the hotel’s were full in busy season, I’d go sleep on the beach. Yeah, I know, I’ve come a long way from my teenage years. But that much independence taught me life. I was free and I loved it. I was living it up. I wish I could go back to living in a shack by the beach, little responsibility, being happy, and feeling young again.
Now, I live in a luxury 2 bedroom condo, have 3 cars, a beautiful daughter, 5 credit cards, and an ample list of bills. The quality of life is definitely improved, and the company is better than the last time, but I can’t help but sometimes feel like I’m not going the places I want to. I am still pursuing my education as a fashion designer. But I have so many passions and can’t focus it all. I love art. I’m a musician and composer. I’m the creative type. I love film and theatre, and composition. I love food and wine, and travel. I am in love with love itself. Constantly looking for the perfect love (if I haven’t already passed it by). I love writing. Modeling. Photography. Expression. This blog is my way to share my soul with the world, and feel like I am doing something worthwhile. I’m stuck in Vegas until my lease is up in May, and I just feel like I am dying here.
I’m the ambitious type and sometimes I get caught up and lose it. Sometimes you just have to pick up and go somewhere new and start all over. I feel sorry for people who get caught up in something that is no good for them. A drug addiction. A bad relationship. The wrong city. A dead end career. They are all so separate subjects, but can be equally deadly.
Know which way the wind blows. It’s sending me to LA.
Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake.
I don’t know about you, but who wants to work for free? I’m making a promise to put an end to TFP, starting with me.
Who’s with me?!?!?!
PASS THIS LINK ON PLEASE.
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.