Naomi Campbell takes a magazine cover photo of herself with her phone

May 11, 2020

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Naomi Campbell takes a magazine cover photo of herself with her phone

May 11, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Due to the social distancing measures, magazine cover photo shoots can’t take place as they normally would. So, supermodel Naomi Campbell and ESSENCE magazine decided to improvise. While isolating at her home, Campbell did her own hair, makeup, and styling. Then she took her iPhone and made some self-portraits for the May/June cover of the magazine.

Both the supermodel and the ESSENCE magazine celebrate their 50th birthday this month, so they wanted to collaborate. It was impossible to organize the photoshoot the usual way, so Campbell did everything herself. After her shoot at home, one of the photos was selected to became the first-ever cover of ESSENCE to be shot on an iPhone.

“It was a very special honor and unusual experience for me to be able to shoot and style my own cover for Essence’ 50th Anniversary Issue,” the supermodel wrote on Twitter.

“While it was a sad reminder for me of all the people in media and production who are not able to work due to the coronavirus, it also brought me hope and encouragement to know that our people and our infrastructures are resilient. We are rooted in knowledge and creativity and continue to take back full control of our narratives. We will come out of this stronger than ever.”

Of course, this isn’t the first-ever magazine cover taken with a smartphone camera. Billboard, TIME, Elle, Sports Illustrated, COSAS – these are only some examples. But this is the first time I’ve heard that the model on the cover did everything herself: hair and makeup, styling, posing, and taking the photos. Considering the situation, social distancing might be our new normal for a while, so perhaps other magazines will embrace the concept until the pandemic is over. Although, long-distance photoshoots could be a good idea, too.

How do you like the photo Naomi Campbell took? Do you think this should become a common practice until the pandemic is over?

[via CNN Style, image credits: Jgro888/Wikimedia Commons]

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5 responses to “Naomi Campbell takes a magazine cover photo of herself with her phone”

  1. Franco Kailsan Avatar
    Franco Kailsan

    The real reason no one else was there is because everyone runs off when Naomi picks her phone up just in case she throws it at them!

  2. Diane Harvey Avatar
    Diane Harvey

    Interesting. Then they sent it off to their editor to photoshop. Luckily they had someone fully able to supply her own wardrobe, hair and makeup.

  3. Michel Falardeau Avatar
    Michel Falardeau

    So, the more I look at images taken with phones and point and shoot and entry level DSLR and… a good photographer is someone that is good at composition and at directing models. You don’t need all the best gear nor fancy lighting nor the many assistants nor makeup artists nor big studios nor the $$$ mega invoice etc etc., you need to be good at Photoshoping images. All images that go in magazines are photoshopped to a point. You just need to photoshop them a bit more than usual.

  4. Javier Cardona Avatar
    Javier Cardona

    I think specs are only important if your business requires it. (Astro photography, movies, documentaries, journalism)

    Most of the times you sell ideas, you don’t need to have 10k worth of equipment to have idea.

    Things that keep you from using a phone to do your job is the stigma people has, you need a big bulky camera to look professional, they wouldn’t even notice if you delivered photos taken with a phone.

  5. Freelance cameraman China/HK Avatar
    Freelance cameraman China/HK

    The expensive gear helps you when you are not in ideal environment.
    This is the safety you need to get a shoot 100% of the time.