I have drawn my inspiration for my photography from a pretty small pool of photographers. It isn’t a case of being narrow-minded, I look at a lot of work on a daily basis. It is actually a slot in my daily timetable. I am just very sure of what I like. There is currently a mix of new talent and well-established names who inspire my photography (www.scottchoucino.com) . I have put together this blog post to explain who inspires me and to then  show my images that were inspired by these truly amazing photographers.

Who Inspires My Photography?

Richard Avedon

I was a bit late to the party with Avedon. I had probably been taking photographs for 2 years before I came across his work. His portraits of Americans on a seamless white were so powerful. It was something that I wanted to recreate as soon as I got my hands on a studio. The idea of stripping away everything but the subject really interests me. You can find out more about Richard Avedon at http://www.avedonfoundation.org/


Who inspires my photography?

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Jasper Carrot Portrait

Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz was the first photographer who made me want to chase a career in photography. I remember watching her 2nd documentary “Life through a lens” and being utterly amazed at how she worked and how much of herself she threw into her images. Annie Leibovitz  is a true photographic genius. From her work with the Rolling Stone magazine in her early days through to her recent pirelli calendar.


Rudimental Drummer


Surrender the coast band photoshoot

Clay Cook

Clay Cook is a relatively new photographer compared to the two icons listed above. Nevertheless, his work and work ethic are admirable.  He lights his images in a very similar way to Annie Leibowitz, but with a bit more of a modern twist. Over the last few years, his work has become seriously good and I have developed some serious portrait envy. He is well worth a follow on Instagram, especially if you are into the stories feature.


Charlie in 70s surfer clothes

benn hartmann with yamaha guitar in studio

Wes Anderson

The Grand Budapest Hotel is the pinnacle of cinematography. I watched it last Christmas over a couple (maybe  a few more than a couple) of cocktails and a cigar. The colour pallet, super wide lenses, awkward composition and cuts and the amazing symmetry had my instantly hooked. Before seeing the Grand Budapest, I would have sworn blind that the shining was the best cinematography I had ever seen, but Wes Andersons’ work blew it out the water. I would strongly recommend putting an evening aside for this film.


Rutland golf course

meatcure service in Market Harb

Emily Soto

Emily Soto is another new face in photography. Her work is beautiful and ethereal. She works with a mixture of large format instant films, leicas, medium format and digital cameras. Emily has an amazing talent for building a real and very tangible feeling about the model and clothing that she is shooting. Her lighting is very soft and simple and her entire attention is focused on the subject. A few years ago, I don’t think I would have liked her work, but now I find myself going to it on a daily basis.


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If you would like to read more about why I love portrait photography, then head over here https://scottchoucino.com/i-love-portrait-photography/ and if you would like to see my full portrait portfolio, then head over to www.scottchoucino.com

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