Jonathan Robert Willis Shoots Cincinnati Kid Jeff Ruby

By Barbara Goldman

Restaurant owner Jeff Ruby.

Cincinnati-based advertising  portrait, lifestyle photographer Jonathan Robert Willis does tons of advertising campaigns but he always like to keep several editorial clients on his roster. They often toss him unique opportunities to shoot interesting people, and he finds editorial shoots really help to increase  speed of production. As Willis says, "Plus, I love the challenge that comes with having very little time to win over your subject, get a flattering and compelling shoot and see how far you can push your ideas." Recently he shot a story for legendary restaurant owner Jeff Ruby for Cincinnati Magazine. Ruby is famous for his high-end steak houses where celebrities stop in frequently. Willis  had about 30 minutes with Ruby to knock out two specific shots.  

Credits for Cincinnati Magazine:

Art Direction Megan Scherer
Designer: Grace Saunders
Retouching Jeremy Kramer

Jeff Ruby/ ©  Jonathan Robert Willis

And just in case you want to see more of his editorial work,  Willis has posted a gallery of editorial spreads  here.

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