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Steve Marsel, Boston fashion photographer and owner of Steve Marsel Studios creates hot, innovative, stylish fashion and beauty photography to best showcase your apparel. An award-winning Boston studio photographer, Steve Marsel can create exotic locations using cutting edge lighting and editing techniques to enhance the appeal and sales of your line of clothing and fashion accessories. Boston model photographer Steve Marsel also shoots on location using top models at the hottest fashion locales such as NY, LA, Paris, London, and Milan where he blends physical and environmental beauty seamlessly. An award-winning Boston model photographer with an impeccable sense of lighting and technical expertise, Steve understands that fashion photography is about showing the inherent beauty of the apparel or accessory being featured in the fashion shoot. Having worked as the primary fashion photographer for the internationally recognized Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Apparel Design Department for the last several years under the direction of Donna Gustavsen, Boston model photographer Steve Marsel understands garments and how they will photograph. He works with the movement of fabric and the rich interplay of color on his models, with an eye toward the latest trends and the hottest new looks in style. Steve has worked with the young model just starting out locally in MA and greater New England as well as the fashion industry veteran with credits from Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Harper's Bazaar making the Steve Marsel Studio a cut above many photography studios in terms of range and professionalism. Steve Marsel, studio photographer, also stands out among Boston fashion photographers due to his warmth and personable nature that quickly put everyone—from clients, to models, to even novice, child, or teen actors—at ease. He establishes trust and creates an openness and rapport with his subjects that shows on camera and evokes the best professional image. Steve makes the fashion photography process from concept to creation, enjoyable and exciting. His images also speak for themselves - flawless, absolute attention to detail, believable. Boston model photographer Steve Marsel employs only the best makeup artists and stylists, with a network of professional resources in most major American markets, including location scouts, stylists, make-up artists, and production coordinators to meet your needs. Whether you want the clean-cut, all-American, Katie Holmes look for your apparel or an evocative, edgy photo spread like those featuring Kate Moss, fashion photographer Steve Marsel will push your fashion photographs to the top. Your clothing and accessories will have the "it" look that beauty and style editors in fashion magazines, clothing catalogs, and even hair and makeup publications will recognize and value immediately. Boston model photographer Steve Marsel has 25 years' experience in the fashion industry; if you are searching for a professional, highly creative, unique, and expedient Boston fashion and beauty photographer, call the Steve Marsel Studio. Steve is always available for a consultation and looks forward to speaking with you about your next fashion project.

Some facts on the history of fashion photography
In 1856, Adolphe Braun published a book containing 288 photographs of Virginia Oldoini, Countess de Castiglione, a Tuscan noblewoman at the court of Napoleon III in her official court garb, making her the first fashion model.[1]

In the first part of the 20th century, advances in printing allowed fashion photographs to be featured in magazines. Fashion photography made its first appearance in French magazines, including La Mode Practique. In 1909, Condé Nast took over Vogue magazine, contributing to the beginnings of fashion photography. Special emphasis was placed on staging the shots, a process first developed by Baron Adolf de Meyer, who shot his models in natural environments and poses. Vogue was followed by its long-time rival, Harper's Bazaar, and the two companies were leaders in the field throughout the 1920s and 30s. House photographers such as Edward Steichen, George Hoyningen-Huene, Horst P. Horst, Cecil Beaton, and independents photographers such as Yva transformed the genre into a transcendant art form. Europe, especially Germany, was for a short time the leader in fashion photography.

As World War II approached, however, the focus shifted to the United States, where Vogue and Harper's continued to grow and compete. House photographers such as Irving Penn, Martin Munkacsi, Richard Avedon, and Louise Dahl-Wolfe shaped the look of fashion photography for decades. The artists abandoned their rigid forms for a much freer style. In 1936 Martin Munkacsi made the first photographs of models in sporty poses at the beach. Under the artistic direction of Alexander Brodovich, Harper's Bazaar quickly introduced this new style. After the pasasing of Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton and Herb Ritts, today the most famous fashion photographers are Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, and Patrick Demarchelier.

1. Abigail Solomon-Godeau, "The Legs of the Countess." October 39 (Winter 1986): 65-108. Reprinted in Fetishism as Cultural Discourse, Emily Apter and William Pletz, eds. (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1993):266-306.

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