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michael elmquist Photography

My greatest inspirations for imagery are love and anime, and I try to draw them into everything I shoot, including portraits, fashion, exterior and more. After moving to New York City, I explored other inspirations, all the while taking that initial love for the craft of photography with me. Not unlike snakeskin, I go through phases of the way I want things seen and desired by others. What you see here reflects that ongoing evolution.

Lululemon Photo Shoot, by Michael Elmquist

Lululemon Photo Shoot, by Michael Elmquist

DNA Boy Portraits, shot by Michael Elmquist

DNA Boy Portraits, shot by Michael Elmquist

Black & Olive, Shot by Michael Elmquist

Black & Olive, Shot by Michael Elmquist

Recollections, Shot by Michael Elmquist

Recollections, Shot by Michael Elmquist

Found Under The Hill, by Michael Elmquist

Found Under The Hill, by Michael Elmquist

Max Von Isser, as Anachronist

Max Von Isser, as Anachronist

murder me moon, by Michael Elmquist

murder me moon, by Michael Elmquist

MURDER ME MOON

Charles Cellier, by Michael Elmquist

Charles Cellier, by Michael Elmquist

Evan Wolff, by Michael Elmquist

Evan Wolff, by Michael Elmquist

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Charles Cellier from VNY Models in New York City came by the studio for a portrait shoot. We ended up talking for well over an hour about arm chairs where you can make evil plans, sexuality and I think something about dinner parties. Eventually we began the shoot. These are the results.

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A Photoshoot with Evan Wolff

Met this great guy, Evan. Read more about his struggle with depression. And check out our quick photoshoot below.

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LULULEMON PHOTO SHOOT

These images are the lookbook campaign counterparts to Lululemon Lab's online store advertising. The shoot was made easy by the simple brilliance of the design. The lead designer, Marcus LeBlanc, explained that the clothes were intended to synthesize fashion and practicality, especially for living in New York City. You can look good while still being able to sweat with moisture-wicking fabric. Their new Bond Street location is opening soon. Check them out.


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Found Under The Hill

This is mostly a portrait piece on Bastien Grimal from DNA Models in his backyard. He's wearing what he was wearing when I showed up; we shot for an hour or so and had a few beers after. We also put these scenes to motion with an accompanying video project. Bastien is one of the easiest muses I've photographed. He demonstrates an incredible ability to be in character for the camera with no insecurity whatsoever. 


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Black & Olive

The idea for Black and Olive first came about years ago when I fell in love with a friend who always wore a black coat. I wore an olive one. I maintained that idea with this shoot for the imagista magazine. They ended up calling it The Lost Boys to showcase the fashion of Nicholas Elliott and his design company, N-p-Elliott. I think Martin Conte, from DNA Models is so wonderful here at conveying just the right emotion.


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recollections

Occasionally, I carry around a point-and-shoot camera. These are a collection of photos from those moments. What I like about point-and-shoot cameras is that there isn't ability to delete images or take a lot of them. It forces you to care more about what you're photographing, which is something technology is taking away from us. So these images are more like a diary than anything else. Interested? Follow along to see more updates to this collection.


Frank Rossi is a new model from Seattle. Sean from Specimen Model Management scouted him, and soon Frank was off to New York. Below are images from our portrait session together. (I got to teach him about Tom Waits and Roseanne)

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An editorial for The Imagista with male models exclusively from DNA Models. Our stylist was Shelley Young, who pulled from Calvin Klein, Dolce and Gabbana, Kenzo among others. Jessica Ortiz maintained the boys subtle make-up through-out, while Niko Weddle groomed their hair. It was a hazy hot day in New York with plenty of provisions in the sub-level. Not pictured, the guys getting ice cream from the neighborhood windowless van.  

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murder me moon