In very short time, Blair Bunting has become one of the most recognized names in commercial photography for automotive, sports and celebrity advertising campaigns. Known for his lighting and aggressive approach to detail, he has created a style of ultra realism that defines a line between the surreal and reality itself.
Blair’s career began with his father helping to teach him about photography for a high school class, however early on he had a passion for the art. It was at that point that his father gave him his very first camera, a Nikon F. The camera still sits on Blair’s desk at home to remind him of the humble beginnings of his career.
Blair has had the good fortune to shoot campaigns around the globe for a diversified list of clients that range from television shows shot for The Discovery Channel to athletes photographed for Muscle Milk. In August of 2008 he decided to try photographing autos, not out of a quest for work, but in an attempt to create some images to put on his walls. He began shooting ad campaigns for Chevrolet two months later.
Even with the success and recognition that Blair has received in the photographic world, he still holds true that his most important legacy will be helping other photographers be successful in their careers. On set he constantly pushes the idea that everyone is equally important, from the assistant to the photographer. This demeanor and approach towards comfortable shoots has made for clients that return for years.
Often describing his own life as, “quite a random existence,” many of his accomplishments have come from outside of the photographic field itself. From being chosen as the honorary commander of a US Air Force fighter squadron to becoming an ambassador to his favorite watchmaker (Maurice Lacroix), his life has been anything but ordinary. However, he will always consider his greatest honor to be that of marrying his wife, Erin.
I don’t deserve the opportunities that photography has given me, but I will forever be grateful for them. I hope that my success will not be measured by my images, but rather those that [my] images have inspired.