Daniel Pepper and Melody Kulesza-Pepper of Clinton, New Jersey, joined 33 other couples, both gay and straight, to exchange vows during a momentous marriage ceremony officiated by Queen Latifah, and with music performed by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Madonna at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. “Not only was it unbelievably moving to openly commit to the love of my life before millions of people on national television,” says Mrs. Pepper, “but being able to celebrate marriage equality and help promote the legalization of same-sex marriage created the perfect magic moment. The challenging part was for two busy professionals to make it all look effortless with only 5 weeks’ notice while having to keep it secret under a confidentiality agreement. And of course we wanted to actually enjoy our wedding!” Mrs. Pepper, a former model and fashion photographer with significant experience preparing for photo shoots and events, is the principal of Pepper Tree Entertainment, a fashion and entertainment industry advisory firm, and artistic production company consultant. “When the great news came that we were selected to be part of the Grammy wedding, suddenly, even though I’m no stranger to red carpet events, I had to convert myself into a Hollywood bride while helping my future husband prepare on short notice – with both of us working full-time managing Pepper Tree Entertainment and Pepper Law Group. That meant getting into fighting shape with glowing skin, having to find and book a photographer, make-up artist, hair professional, a clothing and accessory stylist, celebrity jeweler, stylish shoes, shape-wear & hosiery, and a designer gown – all for an event 3,000 miles away. “Fortunately, I had clients and colleagues, past and present, who were able to save the day for me. The success of bringing the various fashion gurus together for my Grammy wedding sparked the idea of creating a standing beauty ‘swat team’ to help other brides and grooms, brides and brides, and/or grooms and grooms to create the wedding look of their dreams.” Drawing upon her elite fashion industry network, Melody Kulesza-Pepper is expanding her company to include a bride/groom image consulting and preparation service which will provide couples seeking a truly special wedding experience with their own dream team, including photographers who shoot for the top fashion magazines, master make-up artists, stylists, couture gown designers, high-end jewelry providers, wedding paparazzi, and other unique services worthy of a Hollywood celebrity wedding. see:http://finance.yahoo.com/news/same-love-york-area-couple-111800056.html
Jason was the Head Booking Agent at Choice Model and Talent Management (CMT) NY for over 7 years. While at CMT, Jason learned all sides of the modeling business. He was responsible for everything from scouting new faces and developing talent and client relationships to less glamorous but equally important back office tasks, such as accounting, invoicing and website maintenance. While at CMT, Mr. Konrad developed his skills as a photographer. To date, he has shot for magazines such as Elle, GQ Italy, Maxim, Cocoon, Forbes and Karin and Raoul.
Prior to becoming an agent, Mr. Konrad had a 5 year career as a lifestyle and commercial model. He brings this perspective as a former model and combines this with his extensive experience as an international soccer player and coach. It is this diverse background and skill set that uniquely qualifies Jason Konrad to bridge the ultra-competitive fields of entertainment, fashion and sport.
John is the co-founder and creative director of CATM New York. He has designed and art directed many high profile projects for personal and corporate clientele including Disney, News Corporation, Elizabeth Arden and BlackRock. He has designed for sites implemented in content management systems and has been featured in numerous publications. He brings to the table 16 years of design experience.
David is the co-founder and principal of CATM New York. He has curated shows for the past 10 years, including Mick Rock, Russell James, Nona Hendryx and A.S. Kandinsky. He was the driving force behind the not for profit organization, Fund Art Now. He has dedicated his philanthropic efforts to the encouragement and development of the arts without prejudice.
John’s roots are in the luxury and branding business. He has assisted international luxury and life style retail brands with their US entry strategies and navigated them through their public and private sales campaigns. In addition to being a partner of CATM, John is currently the vice president of Diamond Club International, a luxury fine jewelry company which distributes to more than 4 continents and is also the luxury goods editor of Swedish TV, Suroyo TV, which airs in Europe via satellite.
A smattering of positive comments from articles spotlighting and/or reviewing Pepper Tree Entertainment Celebrity Photographer Clients Markus Klinko and Indrani’s New Coffee Table Book, Icons: The Celebrity Exposures of Markus and Indrani are set forth below:
“The legendary photography team of Markus and Indrani…know what it takes to make an icon.” —IN STYLE
“Klinko and Indrani have an innate ability to communicate with their subjects, putting them at ease and making them collaborators in the process of creating the images…When you look at the photographs, you can’t help but recognize that they display an almost indescribable multi-dimensional beauty.” —PHOTO PRO
“ICONS, by the hottest team in celebrity and fashion photography, is this season’s coffee table must-have.” —MARIE-CLAIRE, UK
“Markus and Indrani’s career is a fairytale that makes you dream.” —VANITY FAIR, ITALY
“This book is a must for the coffee table…ICONS features 250 stunning photographs and anecdotes.” —ABC NEWS
“Breathtaking!…Chalk full of gorgeous celebrities!” —PEREZ HILTON
“Stunning photography featuring the duo’s A-list clientele.” —WASHINGTON POST
“An incredible book, stunning photographs. The most sought-after photographers in Hollywood!” —TODAY SHOW, SYDNEY
“High-concept and hyperrealism commingle in the work of celebrity and fashion photography duo Markus Klinko and Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri. —AUSTIN CHRONICLE
“Can’t live without! Celeb style-snappers of the century, Markus & Indrani, have shelled out 200-plus pages of their expertly art directed megawatt photos in ICONS. We’re sure the original talent scout of the duo Markus and Indrani, Isabella Blow, would be brimming with pride.” —REFINERY29
“Together they have photographed some of the most famous people in the world…Wildly creative!” —THE DAILY BEAST
“A watershed moment for photography’s number-one power couple.” —DIGITAL PHOTO PRO
“17 Years of Stunning Imagery! Their pictures pull you in and make you keep looking at them. I was blown away. So many were images I had obsessed over.” —HUFFINGTON POST
“Photography duo Markus Klinko and Indrani have shot just about every celebrity you can think of…thousands of magazines and hundreds of high profile ad campaigns…[Their] quirky and dreamlike photos…pull you in and make you keep looking at them.” —THE DAILY MAIL, UK
“So stunning, so beautiful! Gorgeous photographs!” —SIRIUS XM
“ICONS is the perfect holiday coffee table gift.” —STYLE CARTEL
“The most iconic images of your favorite stars.” —GLAMOHOLIC
“A hymn to glamour!” —PHOTO MAGAZINE, PARIS
“These iconic pictures capture the essence of the world’s most famous faces…A celebrity Who’s Who.” —MIRROR, UK
“In the foreword, supermodel Iman praises the duo’s “gift for producing iconic, ever-lasting photos,” and when you cast your eye over the following excerpts, you’ll find it hard to argue.” —TATLER, HONG KONG
“Amazing images!” —GRAZIA, MUBAI
According to an exclusive story published in Elle Magazine, Pepper Tree Entertainment clients and Photography duo Markus Klinko and Indrani are marking their 18th year as a visionary tour de force with the release of their first coffee table book, Icons: The Celebrity Exposures of Markus and Indrani. Icons will feature incredible photographs of many of Markus and Indrani’s favorite celebrity clients including Lady Gaga, Lindsay Lohan, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Kanye West, David Bowie, Iman, Will Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Eva Mendez, Kate Winslet and Kelly Rippa, just to name a few.
A 30-piece public art exhibition of the photographers’ portfolio will launch at the VIP opening Dec. 11 at Lincoln Center in New York and will be open Dec. 12-16.