Life Through A Lens With Luke Benson
The Alfaparf Milano creative ambassador and award winning international session stylist, Luke Benson is all about perfectly imperfect hair, here he shares his favourite images from his editorial and commercial projects.
“This is my favourite image from my winning London Hairdresser of The Year collection, so it means so much to me. I wanted to create images focusing on light and dark areas in the photography and a sepia tone as opposed to shooting in black and white.”
“This was from my Afro Hairdresser of The Year collection. I wanted to show technique in this shot – neat, intricate braiding, and working with my photographer to create a desaturated tone to the overall image to give an enhanced strength to the model and shot.”
“This was the main image for the Boss United advertising campaign. To shoot a global campaign with such an iconic brand and to the see the images all over the world was a real pinch me moment.”
“This was for a product brand where I was able to pull the whole team together for the campaign. I knew the hair I wanted to create in the image – the contrast between the light clothes and dark hair really accentuates the health and shine of the hair.”
“I’ve shot the last six Nails Inc campaigns and this is from one of the collections. It’s great to work with a brand consistently as it allows me to get more involved in the shoot concept – I now have a say in the models, the hair and the way the images are shot.”
“This was for a hair story for French fashion magazine L’Officiel. The bright yellow background against the models copper hair works really well. I think when shooting editorials you can be a bit bolder and push the creative boundaries.”
Girl on Film
“I love this image because it reminds me of the fashion film that went alongside it. I got the model to cut her own hair off in the film and we eventually changed it from long and dark to a bleached bob. I still love this shoot because it was a real creative collaboration and I love working with other talent to create great imagery.”
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You can check out more work from Luke Benson on HJ’s gallery.