Fashion + Portraiture: Partners In Style

September 2, 2010

Aaron Ruell/Courtesy Of Giant Artists

Aaron Ruell likes to combine character, clothing and props to create visually complex, colorful, odd and often comical scenes. He brings wardrobe stylist Shirley Kurata into the mix once he’s started casting. “Once I cast that face, that starts to tell me what that person would be wearing,” Ruell says.

In fashion and portrait photography, collaborating with the right stylist is essential to pitching ideas to clients, generating looks and concepts, and producing a sophisticated image. But finding a good collaborator is a matter not only of taste but personal chemistry and trust. Three photographer/stylist teams explain why they mesh and what they’ve learned from working in harmony with each...

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