Photographer Reveals What Goes on Behind the Scenes of His Stylishly Surreal Photos

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Photographers often put in a lot of work to get their version of a perfect shot. If you need any proof, just take a look at what goes on behind the scenes at Geo Leon‘s photoshoots. When comparing his stylish finished pieces with what's just outside the lens, it's clear that Leon is resourceful with his tools and environment. But he also has something crucial: a creative vision that can see beyond what’s in front of him and instead what's possible.

Leon is able to spot the potential in any location and uses his skills in photo manipulation to clean up an image—to make it look sharper, stylized, and somewhere completely different than where it was originally shot. Each of his portraits has a surreal or fantastical bend to it. Whether it’s through a subject's clothing or the setting, the initial (before) shoot appears otherwise ordinary. While there are props and costumes, you might not expect fabric draped around someone's head to be so dramatic, or a woman floating face-up in a pool to become a mermaid in post-production. These changes illustrate the magic of contemporary photography; the only limits are your creativity.

Scroll down to see some incredible before-and-after photos. Leon shares what he knows via online tutorials available for purchase in his online shop.

Photographer Geo Leon shares a behind-the-scenes look at his stylishly surreal images.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Geo Leon.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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