Photographer Promotes Himself Through Bizarre Studio Portraits

Getting potential clients’ attention in the world of photography can be a difficult task, but photographer Gordon Stettinius has been doing quite a good job at it. So good, in fact, that one studio owner asked him to “never send anything to them again. Ever.” His secret? Sending bizarre studio portraits as a follow-up.

For the past three years, photographer Gordon Stettinius has been creating studio portraits showing himself with drastically different appearances. In one he poses as a state governor. In another he looks like Bob Ross’ brother. Due to the fact that he actually styles and shaves his real hair, Stettinius can only conduct a new shoot with his collaborator Terry Brown every couple months. The resulting project is titled Mangini Studio Series.

Mangini Studio Series (via Wired)

Image credits: Photographs by Gordon Stettinius/Terry Brown and used with permission

  • Sonya

    lol.. nice!

  • OSAM

    In that congressman shot, he looks the spitting image of Luke Wilson

  • Hayley Gagner

    that’s what I thought too!

  • wickerprints

    If you think the pictures posted here are hilarious, check out the ones in the link! My top three favorites were “green tuft,” “cornrows,” and “payos.” Genius!

  • Richard W.

    I certainly give him recognition and a ‘tip of the hat’ for 1) having the comfort to do self portraiture and 2) having the balls to use his own self image for advertising. Personally, I prefer to be behind the camera and not in front…I’ve seen photos of myself…that’s not me!

  • Kimberly Siebert

    Why are these bizarre? Its called a sense of humor. Im glad he has one. And 2nd, I’m trying to understand the statement that another studio didnt want clients? Im not getting it?

  • DT

    Love it, great idea lmao!

  • pgb0517

    He looks like Johnny Horton.

  • Vikas Khair

    LOL Richard I agree with you wholeheartedly :P