Usually, Kanye West hates photographers with a camera-smashing rage, but in this case, he was in control of finding one for his soon to be in-laws!
According to a source, Kanye was in control, like a god one might say, of orchestrating the Kardashian Christmas card:
“It turns out that Kanye was the puppet master behind the photo shoot, as he provided art direction, sketches, and costume and makeup ideas."
What a Renaissance man!
Kanye actually approached a total of three different photographers to take the shot, with Annie Leibovitz and Mario Testino turning him down!
Why would anyone ever deny Yeezus? Budgetary constraints, apparently!
“Annie tried to play hardball with Kanye over the money, but the production had to stick to their budget. Ultimately, Annie and Kanye fell out of negotiations. [Mario] laughed it off as a total nightmare assignment. But that happens to be David LaChapelle’s specialty, so he wound up with the gig.”
Well, third time's the charm!
The rest is history and while we were curious as to why the photo was so
bizarrely innerestingly carnival themed, now that we know it was based on 'Ye's vision, everything makes a little more sense.
[Image via David LaChapelle.]