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MICHAEL CASTNER PHOTOGRAPHY
I got turned on to photography by Linda McCartney. I was a Beatle nut as a kid and saw all of her work. We met several times in London when I interviewed Paul. I have been a broadcast journalist since I was a teenager. Her advice was simple and succinct: always have a camera with you and keep taking pictures. You never know when a great picture will present itself. She said THAT was how you grow as a photographer. I did as she told me and I took this photo of Paul and Linda at the anniversary party for the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album at the Abbey Road Studios in London.
It was while working for NBC that I first picked up a camera and shot professionally. I didn't have time to think about it or worry about the results. When I tried to book a photographer to shoot some NBC stars for the network website I was told to turn around and use the camera on the shelf behind me. There was a dial tone before I was able to protest. As Linda Ellerbee would say, "And so it goes".
Since I never worked with a stylist or makeup artist previously, I continued that bare bones process with great results. I love working one-on-one with my subjects. It allows an intimacy that you can't get with an entourage. It seems to work.
I have been blessed. I have interviewed presidents, world leaders, movie stars and Beatles and I traveled the world doing it. Yet given all of that, there is nothing that brings a smile to my face like a great shoot. And I don't have to wear TV makeup! I am represented by WireImage/Getty Images the leading digital photographic press agency and wire service. My work has appeared in publications worldwide including TV Guide, Hollywood Reporter, Sports Illustrated, AOL, New York Post, MSN, Teen Vogue, Soap Opera Digest, Soap Opera Weekly and Soaps In Depth.
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