One of the most popular questions I am asked is: what are those lights in the background of my portraits? Aside from the one time that I used a Profoto Monolight unsuccessfully, every other occurrence I can recall featured a vintage light designed by Mole-Richardson.
After being inspired by Sophie Palmer’s portrait depicting boredom with a Catholic priest inside the confession booth, below, I decided to try my hand at projecting divine patterns on model Alex Mitchell’s face by making a custom Cucoloris.
Jefferson’s high cheek bones and dazzling hazel eyes are makes striking close ups a piece of cake. I lit the image above with a 60″ Photek Softlighter II Umbrella (review) and then edged out west with a 3′ Profoto RFI Octabox.
New York Dancer Gabriel King hired me specifically to execute the look above after he saw images online from my photoshoots with Gravity backdrops.
My friend and fellow Chicago photographer Jeff Haynes tried to get me to join Instagram over two years ago, but I didn’t and boy was I wrong! That’s how I met Fitness model Tristin Johnson, who was the first person I worked with from the platform.