About Art Group
About the photographers, John & Monika DeMari.
We are photographers with our toes in the sand and our hearts in the city. Biding our time between our Manhattan apartment and our house at the shore, we are loving life. We have a job that we adore! We love to use our talents to create beautiful images. It is our true passion.
Monika DeMari has spent years being photographed as a fashion model. The experience she has gained is priceless. Monika's unique perspective comes as a result of her years in front of the camera. "I know what is feels like to be photographed and I've been told I make by brides, grooms, and their families very comfortable" says Monika.
Currently, Monika has been working on a book of photographs documenting the European rural lifestyle currently titled "Life in the Old Country".
With wedding photography experience in Europe, Australia and New York City, Monika brings her classic eye for beauty to the Art Group & Monika-John team.
"My husband and love is as good as a photographer as there is. He has years of experience in New York as a top fashion photographer, which has won him several awards. John has worked with celebrities such as Heidi Klum, Paris Hilton & Hilary Swank. And, has many publications, including shots in Vogue & Glamour, as well as ad campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger & Ann Taylor. But, what surprises me the most is his enthusiasm for capturing the perfect moment at each clients wedding. He absolutely loves to be a part of the wedding day action- it is his happy place."
John "Bumper" DeMari
Marie Claire, Glamour, Details, Rolling Stone, German Vogue, German Glamour, Madame Figaro, Cosmopolitan, Madison, In Style, British Marie Claire, Marks and Spencer, Hamptons, Fitness, Spanish Vogue, Oyster, Parents, More, Seventeen.
Tommy Hilfiger, Elizabeth Arden, Charlotte Russe, Ann Taylor Loft, Pean n' the Pod, Aerosoles, Oil of Olay, Macy's, Reebok, Peoples Liberation, Bogner, Roxy Quicksilver, Holt Renfrew, Kohl's, Adidas.
New York based photographer John DeMari was discovered by James Truman, who was at that time head of Conde Nast editorial department. Mr Truman arranged a meeting with Anna Wintour from Vogue and from that moment on a career was born. Stepping directly into the world of editorial and fashion, he went from one high end client to another.
Traveling the globe from new York to Tokyo, Paris to London, he has made his mark as a go to guy for ad campaigns and editorial fashion.
Celebrities include Hillary Swank, Josh Hartnet, Paris Hilon, Jay Leno, Heidi Klum, Seal, Julia Stiles, Alexis Bledel, James King, Sophia Bush, Lenny Kravitz, Chrissy Hynde, Ashanti.
Bumper was recently chosen by fashion stylist Eric Damon of "Sex and the City" and "Gossip Girl" fame to photograph his new style book "You Know You Want It".
"Monika is my loving wife and she has a passion for fashion. She has many years on both sides of the camera, starting out as a model and then moving to photography. She has developed an eye for outstanding shots and continues to amaze me with her photographs."
Donna DeMari is an American born photographer who begun her career in Milan, Italy, shooting fashion editorial. Self taught, she bought her first camera at the age of eighteen after signing up for a photojournalism course in college. Inspired by Sarah Moon, she took her first trip to Milan at the age of 19, where she was introduced to Toscani, who encouraged her to shoot fashion. DeMari spent several more years in New York and then made a move to Europe. She would then spend 15 years living between Paris, London, and Milan.
DeMari began working for such prestigious magazines as Italian Vogue, French Marie Claire, British Elle, British Bride’s, L’Officiel, Australian, German, and British Vogue among others. Other clients include Margaret Howell, Pepe Jeans, Laura Ashley, Macy’s, and more. During these years she traveled the globe working in such locations as Thailand, Japan, Australia, Bali, and Hong Kong. She has photographed many well known persons such as Kate Moss, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Helena Christenson.
Returning to New York, DeMari became the first woman to shoot the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, shooting in Bali and Hong Kong in 1995 and Costa Rica in 1996. She was featured in the ABC television special “The Making of the Swimsuit Edition”, and the focus of a special segment on VH1 Fashion Television, which explored her views as a female fashion photographer.
DeMari has shown her work in numerous exhibitions and has published four books of photographs. These include “Holy Personal”, “Sparks”, “Eros and Equus” (Willowcreek Press), and the most recent “Heartbeat for Horses” (Willowcreek Press). She has been photographing horses for more than two decades, the result of a love affair with horses that began at the age of four. Her horse photographs were recently discovered by Ralph Lauren and currently being displayed within their stores. Her recent interview for Equestrian Life’s program “For the Love of Horse” is currently airing on HRTV and can be viewed at equestrianlife.com.