Fashion Citizen x Ricky Fontaine of Iconik Images

 

In the world of glamour photography, there are photographers and then there are artists. One such artist is Ricky Fontaine of Iconik Images. Lately, I've been talking to Ricky about the ins and outs of glamour photography and his company. I decided to pick Ricky's brain in an interview and share it with you. Check it after the more.

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Fashion Citizen : When did you start Iconik Images and what is your company known for?
Ricky Fontaine : Iconik Images was founded in early 2010 and we are known for taking beautiful pictures and making our subjects look their absolute best.

FC : How long have you been in the field of photography ?
RF : I've been shooting off and on since high school but professionally for close to 2 years.

FC : One of your specialties is glamour photography, can you tell us a little more about the specifics?
RF : The point of glamour is to emphasize the model's beauty and sensuality without crossing the line of being salacious.

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FC : How do you manage to keep your cool around so many beautiful women?
RF : (LOL) I guess the key is being USED to being around beautiful women... Unfortunately, a lot of guys get into this industry (especially glamour photography) to get girls. So, if a photographer isn't in it for that reason, he's ahead of the game. The main thing is also understanding this is a BUSINESS and treating it as such.

FC : When you are asked to photograph a model, what are some of the first steps you take in crafting the shoot?
RF : It depends on the client, whoever commissions the shoot calls the shots on the look then I put my spin on it.

FC : Aside from glamour photography, what other types of photography are you interested in?
RF : I'm interested in EVERYTHING. I find beauty in all types of photographs. I would like to be the eyes of our time and shoot the tastemakers. I'd love for my work to be on the cover of Rolling Stone.

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FC : Airbrushed models seem to be the norm in glamour photography, almost to the point of animation...how do you feel about this and how do you maintain the natural look of the model?
RF : I think it's sad... Post-processing has been around forever, but the accessibility of photoshop and digital cameras has gotten a lot of people with no business shooting calling themselves "professional photographers". Over processing to cover up the model's flaws, the photographers flaws, or both is a stain on this art form. How do I do it? I know what I'm doing (during the shoot and in photoshop).

FC : Where do you see Iconik Images in 5 years?
RF : Separated from the pack... Being the trendsetter in photography and the go-to company for remarkable images, regardless of the genre.

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  3. D Carlyle Briggs says:

    I just read this article and by no means do I intend to discount what Mr Fontaine has accomplished in his extremely short career, but what does glamour photography have to do with the DC fashion scene or even the fashion industry as a whole? Glamour models don't even end up on covers of fashion magazines. I respect the fact that as a professional he refuses to rely on photoshop because I am of the same philosophy in that if you can't get it right on set then you have no idea how to draw with light. However, from an editorial perspective, I am automatically turned off as a reader. When a publication categorizes itself as a fashion periodical it would be safe for a potential reader to assume that he/she is going to get some insight into the DC fashion scene and maybe something of the global industry as well. I have to say that I am highly disappointed in the editorial caliber that is supposed to represent Washington, DC when it comes to fashion. I imlpore you put in the effort to dive into the diversity of this city's fashion community to produce a publication that doesn't make a mockery of what the world sees in our contribution to the fashion industry.

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    • fashioncitizen says:

      Thank you very much for your comment. There are several articles on this site that speak to designers and fashion in DC and the industry as a whole.

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