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Russell James, Photographer, Victoria's Secret

Taking pictures of lingerie models, working barefoot, and having your work showcased in every Victoria’s Secret store in the world for everyone to see certainly seems like a dream job, but for Russell James it’s reality.

This popular photographer for Victoria’s Secret loves what he does, but it’s not as easy as it seems. His photo shoots can cost upwards of $20,000 a day, meaning he’s got to keep 25 other people on the payroll plus the supermodels he works with operating smoothly and efficiently.

The photographer's job is to "make the girl feel sexy and beautiful, without being weird," said model Candice Swanepoel. "[I feel] just safe with Russell.”

James’ photography career took off in 1997, when he took a picture of Tyra Banks that ended up on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. That’s where Ed Razek, the creative director of Victoria’s Secret, first took notice of him.