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!
The Keeping Up with the Kardashians production company fitting the bill could only spare $250,000, and according to the source, it was a little too low for Annie, who reportedly is heavily in debt:
Well, third time's the charm!“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.”
The rest is history and while we were curious as to why the photo was so
bizarrelyinnerestingly carnival themed, now that we know it was based on 'Ye's vision, everything makes a little more sense.