Kendall Jenner Returns to Photography With a Mammoth 72-Page Editorial

Kendall Jenner Returns to Photography With a Mammoth 72-Page Editorial

Back in July 2016, Kendall Jenner made her editorial debut as a photographer with a 10-page spread in Love magazine. In an attempt to prove her worth in the industry, she's now returned to the print publication with a monster 72-page spread as well as various covers. Has she done it justice?

In celebrating their 17th issue, Love ran a competition to find what they describe as the “generation’s next icons,” who they would feature as their next cover stars. After an apparent 110,000 applications, Jenner picked a whole bunch of her favorites for individual covers, as well as shooting an extra cover with Kaia Gerber – Cindy Crawford’s daughter – whom she had previously shot for Love last year.

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Included in the 72-page spread — and on one of the covers — was British actress Sienna Miller, who threw heaps of praise Jenner’s way. Miller said, "I was so impressed with her as a photographer. She’s definitely got an aesthetic. She was really professional, took it very seriously, and understood everything involved."

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See Jenner in action below:

Whichever way you look at it, it’s an incredible feat for any 21-year-old photographer. When we posted about her debut editorial for Love, the Fstoppers community was mixed in their opinion. Some claimed it was likely she had most of the set-up arranged for her, whilst others praised the publication as being smart for remaining current and appealing to their demographic. It’s still early days for Jenner’s career behind the lens, but what do you think of her work so far?

You can Check out Love's current issue here.

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Anonymous's picture

I'd say it's good work for what it is. She probably won't be pulling down a Hasselblad award for this but I think she fills her niche quite well.

As a side note, she's the hottest Kardashian for sure, hands down end of story.

Yes , for most 21 year olds it would be a feat. However , she has access to several models, stylists, pro photographers, MUA's, and let's not forget a "little" fame . In addition, being a supermodel she might know what to look for and how to communicate effectively with her subjects. Lastly in the digital age the barrier to learning photography has been greatly lowered. This is not meant to diminish her accomplishment , but to merely illustrate that there are preexisting conditions for her succeed. Bottom line she's just making the best of a good situation. Can't fault her for that.

Dan Howell's picture

I think it's a fail for a couple of reasons. First, if the attention drawn to the the layout comes from who the photographer is away from camera (and in this case even further away because of who her family is) then it isn't standing on its own merits. Secondly, I can see that there are some stunning subjects in the photos, but that only makes me think of the missed opportunities to see what that subject would have looked like working with an accomplished photographer.

If it is even possible to look at it from an objective standpoint, I think I would view these as mid-level Instagram fodder at best.

Keep the hater card in your pocket ... the reality is that the kid's got chops.

If these photos hadn't been ID'd up front as being by Jenner, you'd never know the difference between her pix and the pix the magazines pros shoot.

None of Jenners photos are going to win a Pulitzer Prize, but all are very serviceable fashion photos that serve their market well.

Glen Grant's picture

Good work all thing considered.
I'd have her work with me on set anyday, we both may aide each other :-)

Jessica Haydahl's picture

Looks like she was shooting some film as well. Good for her! I like her style!

Ryan Cooper's picture

I think the shots look fairly on par with a lot of editorial work that I see out there. (though not a style I personally am a big fan of) If the work is actually her work (and not say a team of seasoned pros coaching her every step of the way) then kudos, she has a good eye and with more practice I imagine she could become an extremely strong photography.

I think far too many assume that since she is a famous super model that she couldn't possibly be any good at photography which is a fundamentally stupid (and a little offensive).

Is the work on par with world class master photographers? No, but that can't be really expected of any 21 year olds. Does she have access to a creative team that most budding photographers wouldn't have a prayer of accessing, sure. But at the end of the day her work reminds me a lot of the sort of work that is praised to the moon and back in publications like Papercut, its a respectable style that has demand and she can only get better from here if she keeps practicing.

Honestly, I just don't think it's hard to become a photographer these days

Just take a look to exposure, contrast, composition, framing, light....
Do you really think it's an awfull job for 21 years old photograph? I'm not sure
this work deserves a publication ? I'm sure not

Tomash Masojc's picture

Haha, that's why i don't like those nowdays popular naturallook editorial/fashion shots :) they look too easy. But yes, she is hot!

Richard Paksy's picture

She should hire Kirby Jenner for post processing the images.... or already did?

Anonymous's picture

While I don't know, I wonder if this is like an episode of America's Next Top Model my wife showed me. In it, Tyra Banks was shooting models at the Great Wall of China. She walked up, with absolutely everything in place (lights, set, models, etc.) and they handed her a Hasselblad all dialed in and ready to go. She directed the model, pushed the shutter a few dozen times, handed off the camera and was done. Is that still photography? Yes, but it's certainly not what most of us do and I wonder if she, Kendall, or others like them would know the difference between aperture and ISO.

Perhaps it's unfair to criticize this way, but with David Beckham's kid 'replacing' Mario Testino for Burberry's campaign last year, and every celeb's kid walking the runways, obviously the number of "followers" trumps just about everything else.

The reality is that these are businesses and having famous model or photographer is profitable. Ghost writers have been around for centuries, perhaps we are now in the age of ghost photographers, or at least photo assistants willing to be accomplices to this practice.

Brennan McKissick's picture

I mean, it's great that she has access to many resources that most people don't. I'd use those resources if I had them too and I doubt anyone else on here wouldn't do the same thing if they had the option. Her work looks like many other editorial photographer's work out there. If she can pump out that same kind of work with the same level of assistance as any other working professional photographers in the same field then more power to her.

But is she actually doing any of her post work. Did Sienna Miller know if she is handing off the files to others to edit? Albeit, that it is her name that has given her the access the majority of us may never have. I'm just not a fan of celebrities or their kids who suddenly explode on the scene being touted or heralded an amazing photographer just because of their celebrity status.

Leigh Miller's picture

I don't understand the fluff up this accountants, lawyers, doctors etc enter the workforce everyday. I don't hear the established ones who came prior complaining.

Regardless of whether or not she does her own post processing etc is irrelevant. I like her work so far. If the complainers could afford it, they would be outsourcing PP and retouching as well. Those external people are equally as important to the industry and allows photographers/videographers to focus on what they are good at.

Anonymous's picture

I think the "fluff" is around the fact that no ordinary 20-something with essentially no experience would suddenly be given a 10- and later 72-page spread in a fairly prominent magazine. She has not paid her dues, doesn't have the requisite technical knowledge, etc.

To many people that's unfair, especially if he or she went to art school, spent years apprenticing as a photo assistant, and worked their way up from making pennies with lousy clients to getting decent paid work for a publication.

People that jump in line without paying their dues are frowned upon in all professions and unfortunately the world is truly unfair like that.

The difference, I think, is that in the past, these things just happened, usually through nepotism, status, or wealth, but now it's out of the shadows and happening to people who are "famous for being famous". And it's happening at the same time as the good jobs are disappearing at an alarming rate.

I think that any one of us would be irate if we were fired and replaced with someone who had zero experience or training.

Leigh Miller's picture

Valid points...some of them.

Answer this..who exactly gets to decide when someone has paid their dues? That's an outdated idea imho...which was used in the not too distant past to keep women and minorities out of leadership or at least higher paid positions in the workforce. That same concept was also applied to sports for the exact same reason. So who decides?

Also the parties who hire someone like Jenner have to balance "her name" with the risk of her suitability. Clearly they found that she was both capable and reliable as the final output accomplishes what was required. Should we penalize her for the age/gender thing?

Anonymous's picture

I don't disagree with anything you said and I wasn't expressing my personal opinion, just answering your question of why people get worked up over this stuff. Personally, I have been replaced by someone far less experienced and skilled and it stung, but that's life. I quickly got over it and moved on to another opportunity...

With photography, as much as many of us hate to admit it, it's the final image that matters most. If the end result is what the client wants / what their customer appreciates, then it's a success. If they can drive lots of traffic to their website/social media because the person who was behind the camera is famous, then that's just smart business as long as they have a return on whatever they paid her.

user-88324's picture

If a person writes a letter, does that make him a "writer?"

Anonymous's picture

No, that doesn't make them a writer. What makes them a writer is being published, and she has been.

user-88324's picture

That's like saying Vivian Maier wasn't a photographer while she was alive because she was never published until after her death.

Anonymous's picture

She wasn't a photographer, she was a nanny.

There, I actually said it.

Ben Pearse's picture

Good on her, she has access in her life to shoot a wide range of subjects and places most of us can only dream of...I hope she makes the best of it.

Bill Peppas's picture

B1tch please...

Jessica Jones's picture

I suppose the opinion is always going to be subjective. To me, a true photographer has a real understanding of light and composition. If she had all of her lighting and scene set up for her, then I just cannot give her the credit as a real photographer. Anyone can adjust a lens and press a button, but to understand and set up the scene in your mind is a real skill. Null / more information is needed.