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Behind the Gregory Hines Shoot by Matthew Jordan Smith

By fotosiamo on November 2nd 2012

Imagine for a moment that you are assigned to shoot a celebrity. A shoot with a celebrity or a well-known individuals usually means that you have very limited amount of time to shoot. Now imagine that the celebrity is a fan of the famous photographer Henri Cartier Bresson and he thinks that it would be a great idea if you can emulate Bresson by only shooting 24 exposures. After all, that’s all there in a roll of film, right?

Oh, and after each shot, he starts counting down from 24. That is the type of photoshoot that professional fashion and beauty photographer Matthew Jordan Smith faced during his shoot with Gregory Hines.

Here is a great video in which Matthew tells the story about the photoshoot and how his research into the the actor ended up saving the shoot. It’s a great story that reminds us to always get to know your subject. Enjoy!

To see more work by the talented Matthew Jordan Smith, you can visit his website at


Joe is a rising fashion and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He blends creativity and edge with a strong style of lighting and emotion in his photographs. Be sure to check out his work at and connect with him on Google Plus and on Facebook


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  1. Ed Rhodes

    should’ve said “i’ve got an extended roll with 36 exposures” :)

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