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Last Activity:
Nov 06, 2018
Very Experienced
Depends on Assignment
Feb 20, 2008

About Me


We are happy to help develop your portfolio in three ways:
1 FREE: New Models may apply for our monthly Free Session via "theLIST".
2 SAVE: Select one of our low cost "NYC Special" Model Portfolio Packages.
3 TEST: Participate in one of our "Studio Projects" for Trade (TF).

Private & Group Instruction
All levels from Beginner to Advanced
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Our contact information is on the website. Please click on the link above. We look forward to hearing from you.



I'm David, also known as "the Duke." I create striking photographs and paintings for model portfolios, private collections, commercial projects, and fine art. If you live near or are planning to visit the New York metropolitan area, and would like to add my style of imagery to your portfolio, please feel free to call or email me.

It is always good to book well in advance of a shoot date, to allow for proper planning and preparation.

The studio is conveniently located just a few train stops from New York Penn Station.

To get started, send a message to me through Model Mayhem, or call or email me directly to reserve a session date. We can then discuss rates and other pertinent details. All work is impeccably retouched, and is 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed.

My presence on MM is part of my ongoing quest to discover and create beauty. I am here to grow my body of work in my specialty areas: Beauty, Fashion, Glamour, Portraits and Fine Art.

I am interested in meeting models, makeup artists, hair and fashion stylists, and other talented individuals, for shoots in my New York Metro studio, on location, as well as for my educational seminars and workshops. A recent live-action program was titled "Glamour Photography and Fine Art Nudes."

I am a seasoned artist, photographer and author, and have worked with many Hollywood celebrities. I was an adjunct faculty member at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), New York City's internationally recognized college for design, fashion, art, communications and business.

My photographs and paintings have been widely published. As an exhibiting artist, I am always working on new imagery for future art shows and coffee table books.

I have helped thousands of models with their portfolio development. Many images originally created for fashion or glamour go on to become part of a fine art collection.

All the best!

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From social documentary to fashion and glamour, interpretive portraiture, and fine art, David Derex has enjoyed a dynamic and multifaceted career.

David is a leader in the photographic field, continually developing new and innovative artistic styles.  A respected international lecturer and writer on the subject of fine photography, he is also the author of Studio Portrait Photography in Black & White (Amherst Media).

His photographs and paintings grace the covers and pages of many national publications, such as Professional Photographer, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Soap Opera Digest and more. Many of his photographs have been accepted into international print exhibitions, and his world-class salon images are published in prestigious coffee table art books. David is a Certified Professional Photographer, and holds Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman and Fellow of Photography degrees.


Nadia Ruslanova · Model

Hello :) I saw you sent me a friend request to my page. Just wanted to send out a "Hi" back! I don't use MM much anymore (I don't want to play the game with their new policies), so I would rather connect over email please :)

If you'd like to set up a shoot, please email me to [email protected] I do not schedule shoots outside of email. I would appreciate it if you could link your MM or another portfolio where I can see examples of your past work. Please include in your email a description of what you would like to shoot, and preference on location (your studio, hotel, outdoors... etc).

I am based in St. Petersburg, FL but I am able to travel with advance notice. I have a list on my page of cities I am planning on visiting in the upcoming future. If your town isn't on the list, let me know what you'd like to shoot and we can work out a budget and such and I can make my way to you sometime! :)

If you find yourself in Tampa, FL... we have our home set up as a shooting space.

If you would like to follow me, please add me:

Nadia Ruslanova

Sergey_S_Retouch · Retoucher


Your work is impressive.
Good photos.

kris45612 · Model

Thank you so much for the friend request and picture comments! You have some amazing work here!

Tiffanie Sandra · Model

Thank you for all the photo comments, it’s appreciated especially from this Jersey girl!!

Beautiful port! Have a great week.

Best wishes.

Yentl · Model

Thank you Derex Art for the nice comment. Your work is great! Keep up the good work :) Grts


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