Sun-kissed days, wild fun, deep connections, fleeting moments, your best friends, your best life—these are the worlds captured in RJ Shaughnessy’s photographs. His images feel completely organic, as if he was just snapping photos of people he knows. The light is usually natural, unproduced. Nothing is exaggerated or feels staged. And yet every frame is considered. There’s a story he’s telling, an emotional connection he seeks to make with his viewers. In RJ’s work, you’ll see individuals celebrated as heroes and camaraderie reflected as a pinnacle of happiness. It’s all life, and it’s all in his photographs. His fourth book, Stay Cool, explores “the story of youth, where it comes from, why it’s here and how quickly it escapes us if we aren’t paying attention.” He is based in Los Angeles.
Clients include Coca-Cola, Uber, Lucky Brand, Verizon Fios, Spotify, Uber, Apple, Facebook, Google, American Eagle Outfitters, Nike, Vodafone, Bacardi, Virgin, Microsoft, Levi’s, Puma, Urban Outfitters, Vans, Capri Sun, Renault, Stussy, Adidas with David Beckham, Ebay, Abercrombie & Fitch, Maserati, Toyota Corolla, Dodge Ram, Gymboree, Ray-Ban, Sony PlayStation, Target, Corona, and Strongbow.