David Mushegain, our resident photographer was location scouting around LA when he first met Charlotte Free. He remembers walking into a video game arcade and seeing a burst of pink hair on a pixie of a girl playing Galaga. He thought then what we all think now, “whoa, this girl looks amazing.”
| Charlotte was a bit standoffish when he first talked to her, but cautiously she gave him her information. He called her that night and she agreed to let him come take some photos at her grandmother’s house the next day. The photos shot that day went on to be published in Japan Vogue. That night David mailed the photos to a couple friends; two days later they were on a plane together to NYC, where she signed with IMG Models. As David puts it, “the rest is kind of history.”
Charlotte has gone on to be the face of Maybelline and has been featured in the campaigns of many more brands. In her first show season, Charlotte opened the Vivienne Westwood show in London. David recalls watching the show, which took place in a giant church and being awestruck. Since then, he’s watched her career flourish and seen her walk in many big shows including, Chanel and Marc Jacobs.
David on Charlotte Free: “She has an incredible spirit and stays true to her self. I love Charlotte like family.”
Born and raised in Los Angeles, photographer David Mushegain started his career in photography while traveling as a street performer. He has become known for his portraits, often taken of his subjects while on the road.
David's work often appears in French, Russian and Japanese Vogue, i-D and V Magazine. Among other brands, he has shot for Costume National, Iro, H&M and Converse. David is now Re/Done's resident photographer.