100 Creatives: Cody Bess

What he does: To say that Cody Bess merely "takes pictures" would be a great disservice and insult to his talent and ability. The fashion and entertainment photographer crafts images, creating striking portraits and stunning spreads.

Readers may recognize his name from the bylines of 002Houston Magazine shoots, but his latest creative endeavors have found him shooting a book cover for WWE wrestler (and Houston native) Booker T, as well as shooting cast advertisement photos for VH1 -- most recently for Basketball Wives LA. Bess was also Director of Photography for Self-Sabotage, directed by Scott Brignac (whom we featured last week).

Another recent gig saw Bess living with a mob family for a week, photographing them for a book project about the mob history and life. "This is the family the Sopranos TV show is based off of," he says, revealing that the book should be out in the summer of 2012.

"Currently, I am working on pre-production for Chloe Dao's Spring Advertising campaign, wrapping up all edits for 002Houston Magazine's November issue cover and spread, and in the middle of shooting a book project for Houston Fashion Week," he divulges. As if that weren't enough, he admits to having "various personal projects" on his desk as well.

Why he likes it: Staying busy is a big factor for Bess. "I love this type of work because my mind bounces around so much from idea to idea. So, working in a profession where I have to use different ideas in different environments daily fits perfectly with me," he says.

"I love the variety I am able to surround myself with shooting this type of work. One week, I am at the intimidating 30-person dinner table with a New Jersey crime family, the next I am in studio focusing on clothing. I love the contrast," states Bess.

What inspires him: Like many others, Bess finds inspiration in those around him -- specifically his creative pals. "People working is what inspires me," he states. "The majority of my close friends are creative people, so when I see them get passionate, and moving forward with a project, I start to feed off of their energy."

If not here, then where? "I absolutely love Houston. I am very much a city person, so Houston has enough of a city feel to me to where I feel comfortable," reveals Bess. "But if not Houston, I would be a New Yorker -- 100 percent. Again, people inspire me, and every time I am there I fall in love with the energy. People working and progressing. I love it."

If not this, then what? "If not photography, I would love to build furniture. I know that's a little random, but I love building things. As of now, I have built our dinner table and coffee table, and I bought and restored other various pieces in our house."

What's next? "My wife Jessica and I are expecting our first child on November 21, so that is priority number one for me right now. As for creative work, my time will go into editing and completing the book project for Fashion Houston 2011."

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