I am not a photographer, though I have an A.A. degree in multimedia arts (Photography included), and I've never posed myself as a photo artist.
However, I must admit I love this art and I love taking pictures and then editing them, often totally changing them into something fairy and enigmatic (well, that's how I see it :D).
Except for photo-manipulation I adore glam and fashion photography: I enjoy watching works of famous photographers, stylists, and makeup artists. I never even dream to become one, but at least I see beauty and chic, artistry and inspiration in many pictures that I collect in my Pinterest board.
One of my biggest disappointment is people, who pose themselves as photo-artists, making substandard pictures, editing and publishing them with an attitude of some kind of gods. Giving no permission to criticize themselves, but easily outpouring barrels of criticism upon others.
The worst is they ask money for their work. So people pay them. Though, I am okay with that if people are satisfied. However, it bothers me too much how easily such artists make the decisions to call themselves "pro" and demand payment. I am working with photo already 5 years and still don't feel myself having any right to ask money for what I do. Because I see works of famous photographers every day and I understand that I am too far to cal myself a "pro"...
Together with my thoughts I post here a small set of makeup editorials I like and I call qualitative - nice soft lights and shadows, perfect skin retouch and color correction: just cool high-end photos!
Credits: Angel S. Colon, Jenn Rizzo Collins, Nora O'Neil, Remark Magazine, Gigi Hadid, J.F. Herrstedt More, Kamille, Liv Friis-Larsen, Łukasz Znojek, Mary Rubin, Alex Evans