L.A. Private Schools Hire Celebrity Photographers for Class Portraits

Stomping Ground Photo
A school photo by Kleiman.

Posh schools are bringing in A-list lensmen who've shot the likes of Kim Kardashian, Avril Lavigne and The White Stripes to shoot their new recruiting tool: The once-lowly yearbook.

This story first appeared in the Aug. 23 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Scrap the blue background: Some L.A. private schools are bringing in bona fide celebrity photographers for portrait day.

Vince Bucci, who has taken wedding portraits for the likes of Kim Kardashian and Avril Lavigne, is gearing up for picture days at Wildwood School and Westside Neighborhood School.

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Meanwhile, New York-based Dennis Kleiman, whose subjects have included Denis Leary, The White Stripes and Ozzy Osbourne, founded Stomping Ground Photo with an aim to bring an editorial edge to those Sears-like picture packages. Hollywood Schoolhouse, Temple Israel of Hollywood and The Willows all hire him.

"Last year we had a parent apply to the school just based on the amazing photos in the yearbook," says Lisa Smith, photography teacher at Hollywood Schoolhouse.