Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Photographer You Should Know: Robert Milazzo

Today on Model Talk Radio I interviewed Robert Milazzo, he is a portrait photographer in New York City, and a dear friend of mine, he has shot stars such as Harrison Ford, The Jonas Brothers, Vincent Pastore and Robert Funaro (The Sopranos), Bill O’Reilly, Steven Colbert, Jessica Simpson, Aaron Carter, Deborah Gibson, Anthony Edwards (ER), Mickey Dolenz (The Monkees), Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips), Brittany Snow (American Dreams), Joey McInyre (NKOTB), Zac Efron (High School Musical), B2K, Kathy Brier (Hairspray), (American Idol stars Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Clay Aiken and Justin Guarini), Jesse McCartney, Howard Stern, Robin Quivers, The Veronicas, *NSYNC’s JC Chasez, Nick Cannon, Bow Wow, Jadakiss, The Cheetah Girls, Star Jones, Bobby Kennedy Jr. and Cody Linely. And the list goes on.

He is based on New York and he shared with me some of his journey into photography here.

The interview included his first experiences as a photographer and how he went from art director to professional photographer.

Robert Milazzo starts with, "I wanted to be a pilot as a kid, but was nearsighted so that was out as a career. I spent the next 20 odd years trying to figure out what else I wanted to do with my life."

He attended Brooklyn College and loved art classes, (not all of them, and was not as inspired as he hoped from his photography class,) but he worked at a fine art gallery (dealing in Rembrandts and Picassos) after graduation. He says that he "found out, quite by accident, about commercial art and soon got a job designing toy packaging for now defunct Mego Toys."

From there, he followed his boss to Grey Advertising where he was an Art Director and designed ads for ABC-TV, Warner Bros. and Radio City Music Hall. There he hired photographers such as: Annie Liebovitz, Matthew Rolston, Patrick DeMarchelier, Brigitte Lacombe and Helmut Newton to photograph stars like: Brooke Shields, Bruce Willis, Cheryl Ladd, George C. Scott, Jacqueline Bisset and many more. He also worked on a mini-series's such as: The Thorn Birds and Winds of War.

When to comes to making photography a career he says, "I realized photographers had more fun than Art Directors did and decided to become a photographer myself. My first big break was when Peter Murray at ABC hired me to photograph their daytime stars."

Since then he has worked with actors like: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Kelly Ripa (Live with Regis and Kelly) and Mark Consuelos, Eva LaRue (CSI: Miami), Melina Kanakaredes (CSI:NY), (Yasmine Bleeth (Baywatch), Rebecca Gayheart, Lindsay Price (Lipstick Jungle), Josh Duhamel (Las Vegas), Hayden Panitiere (Heroes), Laura Bell Bundy (Broadway’s Legally Blonde) and, of course, Susan Lucci (All My Children).

When asked about how technology affects the craft of photography he says, "With the sophisticated computer tools available I have started doing more photo-illustration." This includes a 2009 calendar out now, published by RSVP, called "Puppy Angels", and it is available at Amazon.

To hear the full interview with Robert Milazzo and his advice for models and up and coming photographer tune into Model Talk Radio here.

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