Current Obsession: Jamie Beck

We could spend literally hours getting lost on photographer Jamie Beck’s blog Ann Street Studio. Each of her pictures is delightful, awe-inspiring and stunning. Turns out, so is the girl behind each image. Read on for Jamie’s behind-the-scenes tales, favorite blogger and who she can’t wait to work with next.

Jamie Beck

Your cinemagraphs are incredible. How did that idea even start?
My creative partner Kevin Burg and I were trying to find a way to share even more of an experience with a viewer but didn’t want the commitment of a video. The first cinemagraph was the visualization of a world that is halfway between a photo and a video, ultimately making a living photograph.

You’ve photographed some incredible tastemakers. Any great stories from those projects?
Carine Roitfeld has the most beautiful eyes; Coco Rocha is genuinely one of the nicest people in the world; the relationship between Cara Delevingne and the camera is extraordinary; and even supermodels Karlie Kloss and Joan Smalls who have seen such amazing sights around the world can still be in awe of a rooftop view of Paris from the photo studio where we worked together.

Your blog is beautiful. Care to share some of your favorite bloggers with us?
I try to spend as little time as possible at the computer now and look outside the Internet space to find inspiration. I just finished reading Manhattan, When I Was Young by Mary Cantwell and spent a couple of days with a film photographer in California taking pictures of nature, which has really influenced me as an artist. As far as blogs go, I love the site Intelligent Clashing. No words, just visual delight.

You photograph all kinds of personal style. How would you describe your own style?
My personal style has evolved a lot from my 20s to my 30s. I used to dress very vintage with a lot of hair and makeup and now I have moved into a modern minimalistic phase. Less is more.

You can pick any person in the world to photograph—who would it be?
Natalia Vodianova. She is my ultimate muse.

What’s it like working with your husband?
It’s amazing running a creative studio together. We work very hard on our art and at the end of the day it is with him I get to look back and celebrate the journey.

And while we have you here: Any tips for anyone who wants to try out photography?
You have to be all in, there cannot be anything else in the world you’d rather do. Taking pictures to me is like breathing. Without it, I would cease to live.