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Coolest Space: Sterling Photography

Simply Sterling

// by Kathleen M. Mitchell // photos by Tate K. Nations

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terling Photography’s studio lives in a brick strip of shops and nail salons off Pear Orchard Road, just a minute or two from County Line Road. The exterior of the mall is bland and unassuming, but the minute you walk through the doors into Sterling’s world, you can’t help but feel a little smoother. A little suaver. A hell of a lot cooler. Down a long wall, many pairs of eyes gaze out onto the studio from large-scale prints of models and celebrities. Despite the long, open main room, the space feels intimate, thanks in large part to the deep scarlet and black walls. A red, black and white color scheme continues onto the furniture, including white leather couches and a mod circle pod chair, along with lots of black leather, red velvet and even a splash of zebra print. Poking around, you never know what props you might stumble upon in a corner or stashed in a closet: a children’s tricycle, vintage cameras collected on a table or killer heels left over from another shoot. Will Sterling has made a name for himself nationally for his high-fashion beauty and editorial fashion shoots, but his portfolio also includes weddings, senior portraits and family photo shoots. Sterling also regularly shoots the rich and famous—think Boris Kodjoe, NeNe Leakes and Vivica A. Fox—for Denim magazine, an online fashion, lifestyle and culture publication. His eye for funky and dramatic shots, and his ability to capture his subjects’ genuine personality have made him a sought-after shutterbug in Jackson and around the globe. Fashion information, see page 58

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