When the Jolie-Pitt twins, Knox and Vivienne, were born over a decade ago on 12 July 2008, People magazine paid a mind-blowing $15,000,000 for the first set of exclusive photos. Celebrity photographers (never to be confused with the paparazzi) offer the man on the street an unencumbered glimpse into the lives of the world’s most illustrious celebrities. While some of the world’s most renowned celeb photographers, such as Annie Leibotwitz, prefer to not partake in an abundance of social media activity, others make use of the various platforms, and Instagram in particular, to not only showcase their work but interact with fans as well. Here are just three of countless eminent photographers worth following on Instagram this year.
Australian-born Russell James dropped out of school at the age of 14 and got his first job working in a factory that manufactured trash cans. Fast-forward to 2019 and James not only has nearly 900k Instagram followers but has also earned the title as one of the best celeb photographers in the world. Although he is best known for his work with Victoria’s Secret that has been featured in Marie Claire, Vogue, Sports Illustrated, and GQ, James has also appeared on both America’s Next Top Model and Australia’s Next Top Model.
With nearly 71k followers on Instagram, Dan Winters is considered to be one of the best celebrity photographers of all times. Not only is he known for his exquisite lighting style but also his ability to draw breath-taking raw emotion out of his subjects. According to industry professionals CanvasPop.com, his spectacular imagery is exactly the kind of timeless art that should not only appear in fashion magazines, but should also be immortalized within interior design. During his career, Winter has photographed a long list of the world’s biggest celebs including the likes of Will Ferrell, Ryan Gosling, Zooey Deschanel, Brad Pitt, and Winona Ryder. Upon visiting his Instagram page you will come across photos of these as well as a multitude of other actors, sports stars, musicians, and even presidential figures.
After moving from her hometown in Massachusetts, Peggy Sirota soon found herself taking headshots for her model/actor colleagues at Fred Segal’s in Hollywood. Today, Peggy has over 60k followers on Instagram and is known worldwide for her expressive and somewhat whimsical imagery that reveals a great deal about her subjects. Regarded as one of the most prolific celeb photographers in the world at present, Peggy has photographed a vast selection of international celebs including Madonna, 50 Cent, Kobe Bryant, Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, and even His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama. She has worked on highly-successful ad campaigns for the likes of Nike, Burberry, Revlon, Maybelline, and Volvo and has had her work featured in GQ, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and Esquire, among others.
Without the presence of celeb photographers, the Average Joe would be blissfully unaware of a lot of the doings of the world’s most famous celebrities. Thankfully, Instagram has made it easier than ever before to keep abreast of the latest in celebrity photographs by simply ’following’ some of the hottest photographers in the world.