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The Future of Magazines

I love magazines. I love flipping through and looking at the images that inspire me; images that motivate me and push me to create. Unlike most people that subscribe to magazines for the content I subscribe to look at the photos. The editorial content is icing on the cake. I subscribe to magazines because of the photographers they hire. Want to know why I subscribed to Fast Company?  It’s because of Jake Chessum. I was browsing a copy in a doctor’s office and loved his portraiture. It was fun, it was real, it was honest and personable. It turned out that I really liked the editorial content of Fast company. It’s smart and current and educational and despite the fact that I don’t see Jake’s name in the magazine any more I still subscribe. Why subscribe to Vanity Fair? Annie Leibovitz.  Why would I, a straight married guy, subscribe to Elle and Vogue? Testino, Thompson, Richardson, Lagerfeld, et all….

In our house we subscribe to a lot of magazines. ( PDN, Rangefinder, Fast Company, Inc, Esquire, GQ, Interview, American Photo, Real Simple, Parenting, Us Weekly). If my wife had her way I’d be limited on how many we get. Why? It’s not because of the expense…magazine subscriptions are generally pretty inexpensive. But I have stacks of magazines scattered throughout the house and in my car. I even have magazines dating back a few years that I plan to look through. For me it’s more than the act of flipping through. I rip out pages and keep them for reference. Think of it as old-school Pinterest. Having tear sheets around during photo shoots helps to communicate a vibe, emotion, hair or makeup style that I might not otherwise be able to put into words.

So what’s the asnswer? NextIssue. A new app for my iPad that gives me access to magazines for a flat monthly fee. At first glance it seemed novel and cool. For a monthly fee ala netflix I can get access to ~40 magazines.  A 30 day trial and and upcoming vacation motivated me to give it a shot.This is based on my 12 hour review of the app and so far I’m stoked.

Before NextIssue, my experience with iPad versions of magazines hasn’t been spectacular. The idea of paying an additional subscription fee doesn’t interest me and some of my experiences with iPad versions of magazines has been disappointing. Lately I’ve found a few magazines are coming around and giving me access to the iPad version if I’m already a print subscriber. Amazon is even packaging print + Kindle subscriptions. With NextIssue I now have access to a ton of magazines in a convenient, clutter-free, eco-friendly and beautiful package.  I might actually be able to stop ripping pages out of magazines soon.

Screen shot of NextIssue App

Screen shot of NextIssue app


Bruce Willis - shot by Yu Tsai for Esquire

NextIssue screenshot  - Bruce Willis – shot by Yu Tsai for Esquire



Emma Stone - shot by Mario Testino for Vogue

NextIssue screenshot – Emma Stone – shot by Mario Testino for Vogue


A less permanent version of plastic surgery

Over the past several weeks I’ve had the pleasure of working with two different models. One is an established actress and model with a book full of magazine tear sheets. The other is a 19 year old with natural talent that is just beginning to explore her potential.

I once had a head shot client remark that the beauty retouching I performed on her photo was  like great plastic surgery without the side affects. I took that as a compliment. My goal with beauty retouching is to make my clients look amazing yet hold in the reigns enough so that they don’t look plastic or fake. I’d like to think that my retouched photos help my clients look like they’ve had  a month long stay at a spa; well rested, rejuvenated, refreshed and maybe a tad younger and in tip-top shape.

Agnesse was in town promoting a movie she produced and acted in. She’s got a ton of experience and her book of tear sheets was impressive. Let’s just say she’s thirty-somethin. We wanted to go for a clean beauty-type portrait.


Kaya and I set out to experiment and have some fun. With most new models, and with my clients that don’t have a lot of experience in front of a camera, I tend to start off slow and count the first set as a practice run. This was just a few shots into our “practice run”.  With most portraits my goal is for the client to look past themselves when looking at the results and see the amazing photo that everyone else sees.