I recently had the pleasure of shooting saxophonist Jafar Idris in my Chicago studio. It was nice making a series of headshots showcasing an instrument I played in high school. “John, Brandon, and I were all jokes beforehand, but as soon as the job started, John quickly shifted into the master that he is. The mixture of focus and passion he showed during the shoot reminded me of when I become one with my saxophone for a show. And seeing him contort and position his 6 foot, 4 inch frame just so to get the right shot added some comic relief lol…”- Jafar Idris “At one point during the shoot I couldn’t help but worry about what my mother would think when looking at some of the photos I was taking…” – Jafar Idris Natural window light augmented with a reflector worked to create this portrait in my Chicago photo studio. “One of the reasons why I (chose) John…. is due to his ability to really accentuate the muscularity of the male figure”- Jafar Idris “As fit as I am now, I honestly don’t think my abs are as tight as they were 2 years ago when I was 19.”- Jafar Idris Credits: Make-up by Brandon Phillips.