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Hi Anthony!  For readers who aren’t already familiar with you and your work, please tell us briefly about your history in photography and publications:

My career started in film & television production.  Through working in that industry I had the opportunity to work in still photography.  Then sports came into my life in the early 80’s and I started working for Sports Illustrated.  I was also working with HBO on sports and films.  One of the many highlights was spending over 2 years working on The Sopranos and being part of that family.

Coming from a background in sports photography, what was the inspiration to transition to model photography? And has that affected your sports photography?

My daughter Jessica was an established model and after she stopped modeling, she started to pursue one of her other passions.  She and a friend created  IMAGE magazine in 2008.  IMAGE is a lifestyle, fashion and entertainment publication.  I became involved as Director of Photography, shooting all the fashion layouts and some advertising campaigns.  Since that time I have not been involved with sports photography.  Fashion is my new sport!

Do you have a niche or specialty when it comes to shooting models?

My niche is swimsuit, lingerie and glamour with an artistic, sexy feel.

It seems everyone is hosting model photography workshops these days, and you’ve managed to carve out a unique niche for yourself in that market. What’s the secret to your success?

The secret to a successful workshop in my opinion is putting together two factors

1. Great shooting locations with endless backgrounds

2. Top shelf models who know how to pose and feel 100% comfortable in front of more than one camera.  A model who knows how to play the room.

During our pre-interview, you mentioned difficulty finding the right wardrobe teams. What, in your opinion, makes for a good wardrobe stylist?

A good wardrobe stylist has an excellent sense of style and is able to spot modern, edgy, up and coming looks.  And able to think outside the box when discussing ideas.

Your new magazine, Bossman, will debut right around the same time that this interview finds its way into print. What role do you play in the publication?

Bossman’s motto is “Bringing out the superior success in every man.”  The format of this magazine will take on men’s fashion like GQ, with some beautiful women in glamorous layouts, Maxim style.  It will also highlight lifestyle, travel and extravagant toys.  I look forward to being  Director of Photography for this publication.

New photographers are often surprised to find that the business side of things can leave little time for being behind the lens.  As a photographer who plays multiple roles, do you have a strategy for time-management?

My strategy for time management is to know how to edit images.  Not only in Photoshop for the retouching aspect (which I feel should have a minimal effect to keep looking as natural as possible) but also in learning how to edit down your selection to the best suitable images from a shoot.

At the end of my day I try to make a list of things that I need to accomplish the following day, whether it be phone calls, meeting with models or just more editing work from assignments waiting to be completed.

From a photographer’s perspective, what advice can you share with new models who are serious about pursuing modeling as a career?

Models who want to pursue modeling as a career need to be serious.  Find their true niche, don’t be easily discouraged, and don’t be fooled by scams – if it sounds too good to be true it usually is.  Seek out a respectable agency and get their opinion on your look and where you might fit in.

Anthony Neste’s Website:  www.anthonyneste.com

Bossman fan page:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/BossMan-Magazine-Online/225222084179653


All images courtesy of Anthony Neste
Interview by Jim Jurica