Here are some of our favorite photographers, some new, some old and some just people we may know!
1. Annie Leibovitz
Known for Vanity Fair - this gem photographed John Lennon the day he died. She makes media attractive. Now that's talent.
2. Dorothea Lange
Depression-era photographer Lange, photographed one of the most famous images (Migrant Mother) of the time and an obvious inspiration to capture time and people as is.
3. Sally Mann
Sally Mann's work is dark and eery but that's why we love her. Photographing her kids in odd predicaments, Mann is what motherhood should feel like.
4. Cherise Kiel
Speaking of motherhood, Cherise Kiel, a local-based photographer in Phoenix, AZ has inspired us with location, subject and style. It's hard in Arizona to photograph a non-desert atmosphere and Cherise inspires us to be inventive in doing exactly what other freelancers aren't doing.
Stephanie photographs through the eyes of a child; a style everyone wishes they had, especially us. Her photographs look like innocence.
6. Dona Caudle
Not so much her work but her work ethic, Dona was once our boss and taught us the basics of art. She IS boss.
7. Chloe Le Drezen
Le Drezen has work that looks like 1998 and feels like Arizona. Her petit models and amazing lighting techniques are just-YES.
8. James Nachtwey
UNCOMFORTABLE AND HARD TO WATCH. Inspiration at it's best.
9. Peter Lindbergh
Anyone who has to photograph Kate Winslet is a hero in itself. Lindbergh makes women intellectually attractive; a feat no MAN can achieve in photography.
10. Natalie Miller
Family. Natalie is one word: Family. She's gets it and you see it in her photos. Natalie's work is what 20-somethings want in a family.
11. Kenji Kawano
Navajo photographer for nearly 40+ years, Kenji has followed the Navajo Code Talkers for decades. How lucky do you think the families of these men feel knowing they have amazing photographs of the family hero forever?
12. Herb Ritts
Herb's portraits were both gritty and gorgeous. He had a unique eye, that he also used to direct music videos.
13. Grace Coddington
Last but not least, not a photographer but an amazing Art Director. Known as an editor at Vogue Magazine, Coddington worked her way up and worked alongside the legend Anna Wintour who worked under another legendary editor, Diana Vreeland. A long line of inspirational women, Coddington was no photographer but without her practical practices on-set, Vogue wouldn't be Vogue.
And those are our inspirations! Let us know who inspires you!