His name is Aaron, also a trainer at Crunch, and a very gracious presence on the set. Both he and Valarie are amazing.
I kidded with Aaron yesterday that if he and Valarie stay together, they’re gonna make some beautiful kids…
Process of light here was pretty simple. First, the hoodie portrait, with an Elinchrom beauty dish directly overhead of him, diffused at the source with the sock that goes with the dish, and then diffused again with a 3×3 Lastolite panel. Smooth light. Then we added 4 SB-800 units, running SU-4 on two sticks winged out slightly behind him camera right and left. Zoomed to 105, gaffer tape gobos so they didn’t spill onto the background. This produced nice highlights on the sides of his body. Then, we peeled off the diffusion. Took away the 3×3, took away the sock, and put a silver panel on the floor where he is standing. Bounced two more SB units straight down into it. His body goes even more electric.
Aaron was terrific. At the end he thanked all of us, and said we were the real talent, and he was just, in his words, “a prop.” As I said to him then, “There are props and there are props.” He has real talent, and a remarkable look in front of the lens.
We’ve certainly been having fun.
Of course, Team Emmanuel showed up….Kristin, Adriana, and Ekaterina…..
As did Joe Hodges, dear friend, and veteran of 29 years with FDNY. Good guy. Great subject. This could be called his retirement portrait. As you can see, he’s already working on a scruff.
We did this with one Elinchrom 3′ square softbox, and then duplicated it with 2 SB-800 units through a Lastolite panel.
And of course, the lovely Kristin was amazed by it all….
This done in the basement, all with SB units…..Lastolite all in one umbrella, green gelled flashes down the hall…..