Billy Kidd was born in 1980 in Panama City, Florida. He travelled many times across the country to finally settled in Arizona, where he grew up. The desert definitely helped shape his way of seeing light and color. Billy was also influenced by Man Ray, Andre Kertesz, Jacques-André Boiffard, Weegee, and Helen Levitt but mostly by Irving Penn. Billy slowly taught (and still teaching) himself photography.
In 2009 Billy decided to move to New-York where started working on daylight portraits. Through this exercise Billy developed a unique ability to direct models and allow the model to be truly expressive.
Billy Kidd is self taught. His advertising and editorial clients include YSL, Jean Paul Gaultier, Versace, Varvatos, Uniqlo, Ungaro, ERES, Zenga, Vince, Levi's, Theory, Rag & Bone, Galliano, Ford/Lincoln, Nike, Reebok, Saks, Nordstrom, Barneys, Tommy Hilfiger, J.M. Weston, Interview, W, Vogue Italia, Vogue Mexico, Numero, Numero Homme, Grey, WSJ, Industrie, Variety, Le Monde, Porter, M, WWD, OOO, Details, Oyster, and more.
His portraits include George Bush Jr., DJ Tiesto, Cristiano Renaldo, Neymar Jr, Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Ethan Hawke, Whoopi Goldberg, Rachel Weisz, Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Glenn Close, Tea Leoni, Josh Gad, Conan, Don Cheadle, Michael Kelly, Emmy Rossum, Jeffrey Tambour, James Spader, Justin Theroux, Jimmy Kimmel, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Mindy Kaling, Queen Latifah, Clair Danes, Jessica Lange, Taylor Schilling, Liev Schreiber, Jane Fonda, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Bob Odenkirk, Michael Sheen, Matt LeBlanc, Lizzy Caplan, Jamie Dornan, Zachary Quinto, Elle Fanning, Jeff Koons, Olivier Rousteing, Rosie Huntington Whiteley, Joseph Altuzarra, Thom Browne, Brooke Shields, Zooey Deschanel, James Franco, Jason Sudeikis, Paul Dano, Saoirse Ronan, Rashid Johnson, Collier Schorr, Pharrell Williams, Zoe Kravitz, Lenny Kravitz, No doubt and many more.