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An Inside Look at Mark Seliger’s Portrait Studio for Vanity Fair & The Oscars

By Brittany Smith on March 3rd 2017

Arguably one of the best highlights of the Oscars is the joining forces of Mark Seliger and Vanity Fair’s custom built portrait studio at the Oscar Party. Thankfully, what began as an experiment has taken root as an annual tradition that we eagerly look forward to. For the fourth year in a row, we are treated to iconic and timeless portraits of Hollywood’s biggest stars during their biggest night of the year. This year’s star-studded cast that stepped inside the portrait studio include the likes of Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux, James Gordon and Emma Stone to name a few.

Mark has a way of bringing out an intimacy with those that he captures, even if it is only for a fleeting moment. At the #VFOscars, celebrities step in front of the camera to create beautiful imagery to be forever frozen in time. This year we are once again treated to an impeccable gallery of portraits of Hollywood’s elite. Mark has a way of lighting and capturing portraits that look effortless. What appears to be simplistic in nature is anything but; it is a very straightforward approach pairing years of experience with an intricate skill set. It is for this very reason that Mark is one of the top portrait photographers out there.

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Below is a timelapse video that gives an inside look at the building of this year’s art deco themed set built by Supercube as well as a few of the amazing portraits from the gallery captured at this year’s Oscars.

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Oscar-winner @mahershalaali inside the 2017 #VFOscars @instagram portrait studio. See more at link in bio.

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Alicia Vikander inside 2017 #VFOscars @instagram portrait studio. See more at link in bio.

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Ruth Negga inside the 2017 #VFOscars @instagram portrait studio. See more at link in bio.

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#jenniferaniston @justintheroux #VFOscars @vanityfair

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@ViolaDavis inside the 2017 #VFOscars @instagram portrait studio. See even more portraits at the link in bio.

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@jimmykimmel inside the 2017 #VFOscars @instagram portrait studio.

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Brittany is a fashion and beauty photographer who works between NYC, Montana and LA. She photographs the way she has always wanted to feel and believes in the power of raw simplicity. When not behind a camera she can usually be found at a local coffeeshop, teaching fitness classes at the YMCA, or baking something fabulous in the kitchen.
Instagram: @brittanysmithphoto

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  1. Scott Madrigal

    With the risk of sounding INCREDIBLY naive… At this level of photography, dealing with mere seconds to welcome, sit, and photograph your subject, I have to wonder if Mark and his team pre-vision the pose and position of each of the people that they MAY get into that studio before they arrive? Or is it more, here comes Viola Davis, what type of portrait do we want to shoot?

    I HAVE to believe there is a great deal of planning that goes into the pose and position of every shot, I would love to hear more about that part of the process as well!

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    • Brittany Smith

      I would imagine he has an idea as to what his final products will look like. But I also imagine that he is so well seasoned that they can come into the studio and those preconceived ideas may go out the window as he creates something more spectacular than he originally imagined.

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