Andre De Grasse for DTK MEN

  • Photographer: Benjo Arwas
  • Photo Assistant: Brandon Wholihan
  • Talent: Andre De Grasse
  • Fashion Editor/Stylist: Amy Lu
  • Make Up: Nicole Chew

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Skylar Grey x Composure

  • Photographer: Benjo Arwas
  • Photo Assistant: Brandon Wholihan
  • Stylist: Monty Jackson
  • Hair: Bobby Eliot
  • Makeup: Jenna Tucker
  • Talent: Skylar Grey

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Laura Marano – Cover Story for Composure Magazine Issue #14

  • Photographer: Benjo Arwas
  • Talent: Laura Marano
  • Hair and Makeup:Melissa Bedi
  • Styling: Jordan Grossman
  • Photo Assistant: Brandon Wholihan
  • Video: Jonathan Navales

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DOLLFACE Magazine, Issue #4 – Interview and Cover

Dollface Magazine, Issue #4 – Interview and Cover story

DF- Where’s home at the moment?
BA- Socrates said: “I’m not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world” this is how I feel. I’m skipping from one place to another.

DF- How long have you been a photographer?
BA- I’ve discovered photography about 2 years ago, but actually since I decided to take it really to the next step is 1.5 years ago.

DF- Who or what influenced you to start taking photographs?
BA- Who? Everything from the ocean, nature, art, music to dreams and imagination. What? The ability and the known that I’m sealing a moment that will never come back or more to say – 1/125th of a second.

DF-Did you go to school to study photography?
BA- Currently I resides at Santa Barbara and attending to Brooks Institute Of Photography with the concentration on Advertising

DF-A photographer who inspires you?
BA- Helmut Newton: Black and white, story telling, edgy, provocative, contrast, sarcastic and he just knows exactly what he needs.

DF- What gives you ideas and what inspires you to create your beautiful images?
BA- First of all the models themselves. Their charisma and their character,

DF-Do you listen to music while you’re shooting? And if so who are your favorite artists to listen to while you’re working?
BA- I’m listening to Diana Krall when I’m doing post production and for everything else Lenny Kravitz.

DF- Do you prefer Black & White or Color?
BA- Black and White is the new color. Whatever you can do with color you can do with black and white.

DF- Is there a specific person you would love to take a photo of?
BA- Kate Moss

DF-Do you shoot digital or film?
BA- I’m shooting digital, and I’m using the Canon 5d Mark II. But mostly I’m shooting on film with Mamiya RZ67 and 4X5. There is no better quality than film.

DF- What’s your favorite piece of equipment?
BA- Mamiya RZ67 with Kodak Tri-X 400.

DF- If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?
BA- 35mm. It’s perfect for everything.

DF- What lightning equipment do you take on a shoot?
BA- It depends on what kind of apporach I want. Sometimes I bring an off camera flash, sometimes only a reflector, but mostly nothing. I just need to find the right angle of the light, the quality and how to use it the best on my subject.

DF- How important is Photoshop in your final images?
BA- Important but not as much as I’m doing stuff in-camera.

DF- Are you a Mac or PC lover?
BA- Mac and PC.

DF-The hardest part of your job?
BA- I love my job, but I’m getting bored with my art. I’m always looking for the best and I want to improve it, which means brainstorming 24/7.

DF-Where is your favorite place to live and work as a photographer in the World and why?
BA- As I said, im a citizen of the world. Each place has its unique landscape and unique vibes to produce at.

DF- What would you like to be doing in 5 years from now?
BA- Vogue Italy.

DF-Where would you like to retire?
BA- Tuscana, Italy.

DF- What advice do you have for someone who want to pursue a career in photography?
BA- Hard work pays off. Learn the basic techniques and than do it from the heart for the art. Know photography before you call yourself a photographer.

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