Through the years, one of
my favorite clients has been the fashion forward company Sasson.
They have always allowed me to design the ads however I wanted.
That's creative freedom at the highest level. I've photographed
many celebrities for them, one of which is the multi-talented
and hilariously-funny actor John Larroquette.
and I first spoke prior to the photo session, I asked him if he had
any hobbies. "I'm a fisherman," he replied. "Can we do an ad that
shows me fishing? "You want it, you got it," said I.
we went to a small pond in Culver City, California, not more than
ten minutes from my studio. I rented a large location van for this
shot, complete with dressing room, make-up area, bathroom, and generators
to power my studio strobes. But rest-assured, this image can be made
with a portable strobe triggered by your camera. Just make sure you
carry a lightstand and a long PC connector or slave so the light can
be used a few feet off-camera.
really working at the wrong time of day for this shot - about 12 noon
- but due to John's schedule, that's what we were left with. Consequently,
the sun was straight up, providing the least flattering lighting angle
mother nature could muster.
styling John's wardrobe and attaching a friendly crustacean to his
colorful shorts, I asked him to stand with his back to the hazy sun.
Taking a reflected meter reading of the scene with my hand-held meter
from camera position, I placed a large Sibern (Rochester, Indiana)
silvered reflector to camera right. The reflector blasted John with
light equal to the ambient light reading of the scene (1/500 at f/5.6).
bit of additional image pop, I positioned a 2400 watt-second strobe
in a pan-reflector above and to the left of camera position. The strobe
recorded an f/5.6 to f/8 on my incident strobe meter, slightly overpowering
the ambient exposure.
a 6X6 camera loaded with Kodak Kodachrome 64 film and a 250mm lens
for this shot - on a tripod. This particular image (a variation of
the image selected for the advertisement) is one of my favorites because
the high-angular sunlight rims his head ever so slightly. A fun shot
- and a wonderful man to work with.