100 Creatives: Cody Bess

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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.

Cody Bess

"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.

Cody 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."

Cody Bess

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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(In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).

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Ryan Booth, filmmaker, music producer
Candy Caine, hat maker
James Ferry, storyteller

Sean Ozz, tattoo artist
ms. YET, performance artist
Wendy Wagner, visual artist
Jennifer Decker, actor and director
Dandee Danao, painter
Susie Rosmarin, painter

Jonathan Jindra, sound collector

Skeez181, street artist
Alfred Cervantes, film curator
Mark Armes, filmmaker
Scott Erickson, painter
Chance McClain, songwriter
Jodi Bobrovsky, properties master
Brittany Bentine, photographer
Paul Hope, actor
Marilu Harman, dancer
Van G. Garrett, poet
Dominic Walsh, dancer and choreographer
Ibis Fernandez, animator
Alex "PR!MO" Luster, filmmaker
Chris Nguyen, designer
Sophia Vassilakidis, animator
Sandra Lord, tour guide
Scarlett St. Vitus, model
Wayne Stevens, actor
Bill Davenport, sculpture and found art
Julie Zarate, painter
Margo Toombs, actor and writer
Shelby Hohl, graphic designer
Timothy Dorsey, writer and illustrator
Lucas Gorham, musician
Tracy Manford Carlson, photographer
Lauren Rottet, architect and designer
John Robertson, visual artist
John Adelman, visual artist
Chandos Dodson, interior designer
Cliff Franks, painter
Kim Hartz, photographer
Katy Heinlein, visual artist
Robert Shimko, dramaturg
Galina Kurlat, photographer
Wayne Slaten, filmmaker
Jane Weiner, dancer and choreographer
El Franco Lee II, visual artist
Chris McKay, photographer
Jason Ransom, visual artist
Mr. SINched, fashion desiger
"Uncle" Charlie Hardwick, poster designer
Avital Stolar, playwright and educator
Katherine Houston, visual artist
Christopher Olivier, visual artist
Dennis Lee Harper, sculptor
David A. Brown, photographer
Rachel Harmeyer, visual artist
Kia Neill, installation artist
Stacy Davidson, filmmaker
Jennifer Wood, choreographer
Kevin DeVil, filmmaker
Kerry Beyer, photographer and filmmaker
Robert Ellis, musician
Davie Graves, musician and visual artist
Robert Hodge, multimedia
Mary Magsamen, photo and video artist
John Harvey, theater
Bret Harmeyer, visual artist
Joel Orr, puppet master
Rodney Waters, photographer and pianist
Jeremy Choate, lighting designer
Chuck Ivy, visual artist
Tra'Slaughter, visual artist
Jen Chen - visual art, designer
Howard Sherman - Painter

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Misha Penton - Opera Singer and Theater Artist
Ben Tecumseh DeSoto - Photojournalist
Tracy Robertson aka Batty - Goth Fashion Designer
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Jenny Schlief - Mixed-Media Artist
David Eagleman - Writer
Anna Sprage - Painter
Philip Lehl - Actor
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