When the Vanderbilt family held their family reunion at The Breakers, their legendary Newport mansion, Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte was chosen to document the occasion. When acclaimed artist Rachel Feinstein needed to create fantastical images of goddesses wearing the latest couture for Harper’s Bazaar, she called on Alexis. The celebrated Cuban-born photographer’s work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery and has been shown at the Annenberg Space for Photography, the Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., Museum of the City of New York, LACMA and the Victoria & Albert Museum among others and is in many public and private collections. Alexis’ photos have been featured in Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Vogue Paris, British Vogue, Town & Country, Esquire, and too many others to mention.
Imagine being able to commission a portrait from the same photographer who has created iconic images of Madonna, Jeff Koons, Andy Garcia, Gianni Versace, and Gloria Estefan. Alexis photographed Celia Cruz for twelve years and is the author of a book entitled, Presenting Celia Cruz. The portrait of Ms. Cruz in a green “guarachera” dress, arms outstretched, in front of Cuban palms has been called the iconic image of Celia by the National Portrait Gallery. Alexis, working with celebrated fashion stylist and longtime collaborator Tico Torres, will create a one-of-a-kind photographic masterpiece just for you. They will first jet out to any location on the planet to meet with you, and after an initial consultation, they will assemble a fabulous team of acclaimed hairdressers, makeup artists, and set designers to create your ultimate fantasy photo shoot. Perhaps you’d like to experience a fashion shoot worthy of the pages of Vogue, your official wedding portrait or have your entire family pose for a grand formal portrait. Your fantasy will be transformed into a visual reality.
After the photo session, Alexis and Tico will customize a presentation that best complements your lifestyle and decor—whether it is creating mural-sized photographs, special archival prints bound in a custom-designed handmade album or a set of opulently framed portraits suitable for hanging in Buckingham Palace. And you will take your place in photographic history, having been immortalized by Rodriguez-Duarte’s lens.
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