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Best of 2012: William Miller’s Top 10 Portraits

December 28, 2012

Fashion and portrait photographer William Miller has been busy in his own right throughout 2012, even collaborating with SSG Music during The Tempers Week. But he’s taken a breather to contribute a list of those portraits he’s likened from friends and colleagues throughout the past year, for some tasty visual treats for all to enjoy.

King Charles -- Credit: Autumn de Wilde
King Charles — Credit: Autumn de Wilde

1. I’m not a huge fan of King Charles, but it’s hard to deny the beauty in Autumn de Wilde‘s portrait of him. That floor is cold! You can almost feel it. The composition is so quiet and subtle, and the light so soft and painterly that it almost looks real.

 

St. Vincent & David Byrne -- Credit: Richard Burbridge
St. Vincent & David Byrne — Credit: Richard Burbridge

2. Richard Burbridge is a madman genius fashion photographer. This weird yet classic studio portrait is just the beginning. Please look him up.

 

Katy Perry -- Credit: Mikael Jansson
Katy Perry — Credit: Mikael Jansson

3. All you SSG readers should go to the Interview Magazine website to view this entire series. Mikael Jansson’s ultra high-end fashion images of Katy Perry are so fancy and iconic that they almost transcend any status we could give them as musician portraits.

 

Grimes -- Courtesy of Artist's Facebook
Grimes — Courtesy of Artist’s Facebook

4. Look at those sweet tassels! Grimes is hot, and I love her fierce, awkward pose. Besides, I have a weak spot for magenta in shadows.

 

Wild Orchild Children -- Credit: Haley Young
Wild Orchild Children — Credit: Haley Young

5. Seattle’s own, Hayley Young, consistently produces interesting, quirky images of notable musicians. Here she got a live cougar to gracefully partake in this epic composition.

 

Florence and the Machine -- Credit: Brantley Gutierrez
Florence and the Machine — Credit: Brantley Gutierrez

6. This image of Florence and the Machine is so spectacular that it hardly needs justification. So I give it none.

 

Jack White -- Credit: Craig Mcdean
Jack White — Credit: Craig Mcdean

7. Despite being a bit overwhelming aesthetically, I love how Craig Mcdean successfully reconciles the insanity of Jack White’s expression with chaos in shadow and movement.

 

St. Vincent -- Credit:  Jody Rogac
St. Vincent — Credit: Jody Rogac

8. I have been inspired by the visual simplicity of Jody Rogac‘s photos for quite some time. They are subtle, elegant, and very often timeless. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Annie Clark look so unassumingly poised and human.

 

The Tempers -- Credit: William Miller Photography
The Tempers — Credit: William Miller Photography

9. This Tempers photo is special because it marks my first collaboration with SSG Music.

 

Eva Ave -- Credit: William Miller Photography
Eva Ave — Credit: William Miller Photography

10. This is my most recent portrait. It is of my good friend, artist and musician, Eva Ave, AKA, Spoiled Horse Racer. This was the last photo I took of her before she left Seattle forever. It is a companion piece to her most recent single, the holiday masterpiece, Carol of the Bells.

 

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