Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...and those of us holding the mascara wand.

After two decades of covering the beauty industry, I've come to learn what makes it so alluring. Finding the perfect shade of makeup to match your skin tone, adding a swipe of eyeliner to give your tired eyes a lift, discovering an innovative new product line, or indulging in a totally luxurious spa treatment. My experiences have been documented in magazines, newspapers and websites worldwide. I've tested newly formulated products in the lab, explored hair removal options, shopped for lipstick, added shine to my hair and succumbed to massage marathons--all in the name of beauty. I've written press releases, hosted makeover events and co-authored a Do-It-Yourself Beauty book (Alloy). On this blog, I write about products and services that I come across every day as well as those that have been provided by publicists or the companies that make them. Either way, I write what I think. I hope to share some of my insights--and bring you the latest, greatest beauty news right here. Join me in the quest to find all things pretty.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

fashion week: behind the scenes with fashion photog Dimitrios Kambouris

New York City native Dimitrios Kambouris is a self-taught photographer and has been repeatedly commissioned by publications and PR agencies to cover movie premieres, store openings, film festivals, concerts, runway and fashion events, among others. His photo of Madonna graced one of New York Magazine’s most notable covers of the 2009. This past week, he spent hours photographing celebs, models, designers and other notables--as well as some incredible clothes--at NY Fashion Week. Here, he shares his experiences with prettyisprettydoes...

PIPD: How did you get into the biz?

DIMITRIOS KAMBOURIS: "I worked in a camera store/one-hour photo lab while a student at Bryant High School in Astoria, Queens. I got hands advice from professional photographers, such as Dan Lecca, when they dropped off film."

PIPD: What do you love most about being a fashion photog?

DK: "I like going to events and parties. I go to document people having fun, wearing dresses, and that moment in their lives."

PIPD: What do you like least?

DK: "Long days."

PIPD: Name some of the people you photographed who were the most meaningful?

DK: Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino, Diane von Furstenberg and Oscar de la Renta

PIPD: What should the average person do to take a red carpet worthy photo?

DK: "Look great with a beautiful dress. Don’t wear black. Magazines love color."

PIPD: What are the biggest mistakes the average person makes when they are photographed?

DK: "Holding water bottles and invitations. And chewing gum."

Learn more about Dimitrios and see his amazing fashion week pics at

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