Mirror Films has welcomed an incredibly unique talent to the company’s diverse roster,
Director/Photographer Brian Bowen Smith. A protégé of legendary photographer Herb Ritts, Bowen Smith is now a sought-after celebrity photographer in his own right, having shot photographs of the world’s celebrity elite for such publications as “Vanity Fair,” “Esquire,” “Interview,” and “Gotham.”
Shooting his first commercial for Jenny Craig featuring actress/celebrity spokesperson Valerie Bertinelli, Bowen Smith’s unique talent came to the attention of Mirror Films’ Owner/EP Eric Barrett. “I first met Brian when we were shooting the Jenny Craig campaign,” explains Barrett. “We started chatting and it became clear to me that Brian’s aspirations were to expand into commercials. I then looked at his photography and was blown away by his visuals. Brian truly is an artist, but with a foot grounded firmly in the advertising aesthetic. After spending some personal time with him, it become crystal clear to me that this is someone that I want to work with.”
For Bowen Smith, the opportunity to sign with Mirror Films came at the perfect time in his career when he had decided to transition into the world of motion. “I was shooting the print photos of Valerie Bertinelli for Jenny Craig, and then Valerie was kind enough to suggest that I shoot the commercial,” details the Director/Photographer. “When I met Eric Barrett from Mirror on-set, we seemed to be on the same page in terms of my ability to cross-over successfully into commercials. As we talked more, I felt confident that I was signing with the right company and people who really understand my talent.”
Director/Photographer Brian Bowen Smith was born and raised in New York. Brian became a professional photographer by a less traditional route than most. After catching the eye of legendary photographer Herb Ritts while performing as a pro athlete, and a subsequent invitation to appear in a Gap campaign, Herb became his mentor and friend. Four years as Herb’s Assistant helped Brian to find his personal photographic style and assignments for “W,” “Marie Claire,” “Premiere,” “Esquire,” and “Interview” soon followed. Brian has been working steadily ever since as a Photographer, and now Director for Mirror Films.