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5 outstanding glamour photographers of 2013

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Let me start off by saying, it is extremely difficult to compile a list like this without being able to mention everyone’s work you love and respect. I could have made it a top 10 List, but I am just too lazy today to kiss that much ass (I write that with tongue-in cheek of course; pardon the crude pun). Limiting the list to five individuals, however, may have proven to be more work narrowing down to five than just giving in and doing a list of 10 individuals. You see the struggles I deal with here? I should also mention, this is an editor’s list. This is not a popularity list, although you would see many -- if not all these names on any of those lists, voted for by their peers. This is a list of glamour photographers I have had the opportunity to see, and enjoy, their work throughout 2013. Whether it was Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, these guys were serving up excellence, and I was drinking it in with an endless thirst. Speaking of guys, I realize this list is lacking any female viewpoint. While I have enjoyed the growth of some female photographers in 2013 (Temira Decay of Yellow Bubbles Photography and Eva Tokarchuk to name a couple), Glamour Photography was not a style that a female photographer inspired me to add to this year’s list. You are all just going to have to deal with this “manly inspiration” happening here in this tiny list of five glamour photographers. Let’s get started shall we?

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Kris Joal
The Kris Joal! You’ve probably seen his work, but you may or may not have ever seen his face. I haven’t seen him, but models I know that have worked with him assure me that he is a real dude who expertly handles photography apparatus with the greatest of ease. Kris is another California based tog who sets a pretty high bar for swimsuit photography. That’s not all he shoots of course, but he produces high quality annual calendars with some of California’s most beautiful women in swimsuits. Kris is well-respected by fellow photographers and adored by models who have worked with him. His fan base grows every year, and for good reason! : www.modelmayhem.com/kjphoto and on Instagram: KrisJoal

Brian A. Bowers / Beans Fotos
He’s straight out of LA! Louisiana that is… If you like soft Glam, Brian does it extremely well. Choosing the title Visualist over Photographer, it is clear that he approaches his subjects with a sense of visual style he can call his own. He has an amazing knack for creating a sensual mood in his images. I first noticed Beans Fotos this year (2013), and I instantly became a fan. His soft lighting puts you in a dreamy environment with his beautiful subjects, and you can’t help but continue clicking the right arrow through his portfolio online. Beans Foto also market’s his Team Beans brand very well by capturing beauties in his logo wear. You’ll have to contact him to find out where to get it! Beauties not included, I’m sure. Links: www.beansfotos.com and on Instagram: Beans_Fotos

Gary Miller
If you haven’t heard of this guy, you’re just not a fan of top tier glamour photography. His work is everywhere. He has become a fixture in the Playboy and FHM networks along with many other remote published magazines. He really needs no introduction here, but he is always an automatic choice for a list like this. While his work is perennially awesome, I had to acknowledge Gary in 2013. There are photographers with crazy-good portfolios, and there are photographer portfolios that just demand respect from everyone. Gary falls into both categories. Like any pro, this dude knows his equipment, and values a commitment to excellence. He is currently based in Las Vegas. Now go check out his recent work. Viewing his images is addicting. Links: www.garymillerfoto.com and on Instagram: GaryMillerFoto

Leon Ortiz-Gil / OG Foto
2013 was a creative success for OG Foto, based out of the Los Angeles area. Leon has been creating exceptional work for quite a few years, and his work in 2013 definitely got my attention. I’ve known Leon “socially” since early 2012, and I have yet to meet him face to face, but we text occasionally in regards to publications and the industry. He is very cool when it comes to discussing the industry, feedback and networking. In a city full of egos, it is nice to know that there are quality photographers there that have theirs in-check; Leon is that guy. His work is always solid, and he has bagged his share of magazine covers and pictorials in 2013. If you’re a starlet looking to make a name for yourself in the jungle, your first stop should be to the OG Foto studio. Links: www.ogfoto.com and on Instagram: OGFoto

Joe Damaso
I call him Big Joe D! He doesn’t know that, but I do. His work has improved the most in the last year over anyone on this list. He probably shot five times the volume of anyone on this list during 2013 as well. When you live in Florida, where beautiful beaches attract amateur and pro models alike, your game is going to improve. If you’re committed to improving, like Joe anyway. “The best advice I can give [to new photographers] is to be very passionate about it and keep feeding your motivation.” He says. “Get out there and shoot, then go home and study and evaluate your work.” It’s obvious that Joe is living up to his personal credo because his work continues to improve. Links: www.joedamaso.com and on Instagram: JoeDamaso

Please be sure to check out the slide show attached to this article, and definitely get over to these artists web sites! They deserve your support. From all five artists, I would like to wish everyone a very successful New Year. Who knows, maybe you will be on next year's list. Find me on Instagram: @ThinkTunk

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