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.
Feature Photo Service, a public relations photography firm, hired me to shoot a series of images for the office sharing company WeWork to help promote their new Chicago-River North Location. This assignment provided me with an opportunity to create a series of HDR (high dynamic range) architectural images of the companies interior. The images were there shared with and published by local media like the Chicago Tribune:
Chicago actor Isaias Perez is the second model I found on Instagram who I have worked with on a headshot photoshoot. I’m not going to lie, it was his hair that drew me in. I knew immediately he would be perfect for some catalog style suit photos as well as standard actor headshots on a white background.
We started off our headshot photoshoot with Chicago Fitness Model Isaac McKinley doing a 4 light look that was a mix of hard and soft light modifiers on Profoto D1 Air 500 Monolights. The main light was a hard source created by a CheetahStand 48″ RiceBowl RB-120 Deep Para with their Chopstick zooming rod.
When I received a Photek Softlighter II for Christmas in 2015, it quickly became one of my most treasured tools. I first became aware of this miraculous modifier when I discovered my favorite photographer, Art Streiber’s work on Instagram and I noticed him using a ten sided umbrella while shooting Placido Domingo for Vanity Fair. I loved the way it looked and rather than just asking him in a comment what he was using, I went on a day long journey to find it and once I did I never looked back.