Now, for something a bit lighter – internationally known stock photographer Yuri Arcurs!
Yuri’s girlfriend (at the time) – and now wife – Cecile Arcurs! Cecile was one of Yuri’s regular models when he started his stock photography business.
An example of Yuri’s earliest stock photography
More early stock photography work from Yuri, featuring Cecile
An assortment of Yuri’s early conceptual stock photographs
Notice that Yuri is beginning to refine his work – the close-up shot of Cecile’s smile (perfect for a “customer service” themed ad or article), and his use of the ultra-white background
One of Yuri’s more recognizable images. Note the use of basic colors, simple concepts and a flexible layout – providing ample space above for text
Some more stock photography showcasing Yuri’s signature style. The white background is ideal for stock photography, without looking overly harsh.
Some additional examples of Yuri’s stock; notice their natural smiles, without coming off as overly forced or fake. Yuri will typically sell 4 million stock images per year!
Yuri’s company went on to build massive, pristine sets, ideal for staging stock photography shoots. This allowed him to effectively maximize his time with each individual model. Much of his success comes from having an efficient workflow, often shooting hundreds of photos in a single day
Yuri’s personal business has 100 employees, with studios and offices in several countries
An example of how stock photography can be used in print
Tony and Chelsea did stock photography work for years! A stock photo of Chelsea gracing the cover of Yoga Magazine
David LaChapelle left the North Carolina School of Arts for New York City, where he went on to bus tables at the infamous Studio 54
Aristrocracy #3 (2015)LaChapelle started his career in the early ’80s, showcasing his work in NYC galleries. This caught the eye of Andy Warhol, who offered him a job as a photographer for Interview Magazine. LaChapelle went on to develop a striking, unique photography style, often described as “glam” photography, inspired by renaissance painting stylesAristrocracy #3 (2015)
Late Summer (from the Earth Laughs in Flowers series 2008-2011)
Katy Perry. Celebrities would often hire LaChapelle for haunting, colorful portraits
LaChapelle moves on to advertising: this is a shot from a Coca-Cola campaign. He also worked on ads for Comcast, Burger King, H&M and Nokia