Social media links: instagram: @cliftonprescod
New York City based photographer, Clifton Prescod known for his celebrity photography is breaking through the industry one project at a time. Prescod has become a familiar name in the entertainment industry with a client list that includes, NETFLIX, NBC/UNIVERSAL, PEACOCK, VIACOM/CBS, BET, MTV, VH1, iHeart Radio, Hearst, Conde Nast and more.
Specifically working on programs including but not limited to Netflix’s upcoming “Archive 81,” “JIGSAW,” Netflix Comedy Special with Nicole Byer, “Get Organized” with Danielle Brooks, NBC Universal’s “Bel-Air,” Wild N Out seasons 10-17 and CBS This Morning with Gayle King, Nate Burlson, Vladimir Duthiers, Anthony Mason, and Levar Burton.
Prescod has also become a favorite amongst celebrities and has photographed stars such as Nick Cannon, Kanye West, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Cardi B, MIGOS, Miley Cyrus, SZA, Rick Ross and Wanda Sykes, to name a few.
Q&A WITH CLIFTON PRESCOD
Hometown: Edison, NJ
Reside in: Newark,NJ
Photography Genre: Key Art, Portrait and Motion Picture Stills
Career Highlight #1: Becoming a Black Rapid Ambassador
Career Highlight #2: Photographing Nigerian Royalty with Princess Keisha Omilana
Career Highlight #3: Seeing my work for the first time displayed on Netflix platforms
BlackRapid product of choice: Double Breathe Harness
Age you took your first photo and what camera did you use: I believe I was 16/17 and had an Olympus E-500 taking photographs at a Barcelona game at Giants Stadium
First realization that you wanted to be a professional photographer: I did my first photoshoot in my house with a old friend of mine and she got signed to an agency from the images
Who inspires you?: Photographically it’s Alexi Lubomirski, Hunter and Gatti, Art Streiber, Giampaolo Sgura and Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, all for their out of the box thinking .
Camera of choice used to capture most of your work: Right now it’s the SonyA9. I’ve used the SonyA1 for Key Art and will be giving it a try with unit as well (might be overkill though haha)
Dream photo-shoot: Id say it would be Key Art and unit still opportunities with Denzel Washington, Sidney Portier, Harry Belafonte, Kanye West, Jay Z, LeBron James, and Drake.
What do you do when not taking photos?: PLAY SOCCER!! I was once a D1 Soccer player in life and that was my first love. Either that or hanging with friends and family
Favorite place on earth: Right now, it’s Aruba and maybe LA is tied. Yea sounds weird but as a photographer from the east coast, going west for Work is a reminder to me of the times when no one hired me, and travel for work seemed like a longshot. So that particular trip from east to west is sentimental. Aruba, is at the moment my favorite because that Island is so peaceful and kind.
One piece of advice for someone at the beginning stages of their photography career: Regarding a photography career, I’d say make sure to under promise and over deliver.
How do you “Live the Moment”?: I make sure I take a moment of gratitude while in the moment. Not focusing on the past or the future. But being grateful that I am alive to experience whatever moment I am in, and fully dedicating myself to it.