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Where talent meets heart: Cade Martin’s creative journey with hair & makeup stylist Dean Krapf and friends

by | Sep 14, 2023

By Cade Martin

Dean Krapf is a hair and makeup stylist, which is how we originally met. When you work with good people, they can become great friends. So, when Dean asked if I was interested in collaborating on a project for Lluminaire Salon in Towson, Maryland, which he owns with Mario Rentuma, I was quick to say yes.

Beauty For Life is one of those projects where I get to work with people I adore, and where I’m reminded that I’m lucky enough to work in the profession that I do.

Along with Dean – one of the nicest, as well as most talented, people you’d ever meet – I got to work with the always energetic and innovative Jean-Pierre Bovie as creative director, another long-time friend and collaborator, Pascale Lemaire on wardrobe, and the always-wonderful Joseph Gilbert for post-production magic. My oldest son, Finn, also joined us and captured behind-the-scenes images. Thank you as well to Elizabeth Centenari and Sondra Hoffman, along with the extremely talented talent from T.H.E. Artist Agency, for rounding out an amazing team.

This was one of those projects where exploration was the name of the game, where everyone was fully immersed in the creative exchanges to create just the right images.

In Dean’s words, he’s good at that too, “Though most of the images are quiet, contemplative – it’s also about a celebration! Celebrating the beauty within and around us each day. A celebration of our differences and the gifts found in both our environment and one another.”

I think our day on location was about that too.

Cade Martin, an award-winning photographer, is a Capitol Communicator sponsor.

About the Author

Cade Martin

The only child of a university art professor and freethinker mother, Cade Martin grew up surrounded by shapes and images. His love of art grew out of summer vacations filled with trips to galleries, museums and art studios. At home he often found himself around the dinner table with an eclectic cast of characters – sculptors, writers and painters. They paraded through his childhood, shaping his art foundation and forming his appreciation for the candid beauty found in people from all walks of life. Cade’s been chasing characters ever since. He seeks out their stories-told through the architecture of their faces or the costumes they wear-whether he’s on a commercial production or setting up an Avedon-like photo booth at Comic Con. They are the heroes in his pictures. His thirst for capturing adventures took its hold while shooting stills on movie sets and then as a photographer for National Geographic covering the railways of India. And it is that sense of adventure that Cade brings to his productions elevating the ordinary to the extraordinary with a cinematic touch. It’s not just a picture. He’s committed to the experience, building beautiful environments and, sometimes for his portraits, simply building trust. A talented storyteller, Cade splits his time between the East and West Coasts creating images for editorial, advertising, fashion, and lifestyle clients


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