I spend a lot of time lighting people and then trying to hide the lights so you can’t see them in the shot. Some of the time, I’ll light someone in such a way as to make them look like they aren’t lit. Other times, I want them to look “lit”. This is the life of a photographer. It’s fun, full of creativity, strategy, and random surprises. And it’s always about the light.
This time, inspired by a photograph from Joe McNally, I decided to take the opposite tack and showcase all my strobes in an epic, “rockstar” shot. So I called Michael Jurick, the only rockstar I know, and asked if he and his assistant Mark would pose for me. Michael is an amazing photographer and an awesome person to work with, and Mark is always there, light in hand, making Jurick’s subjects pop. Despite being forced to hold a Nikon for this project (he’s a Canon guy), and the fact that it was almost 100 degrees in New York that day, we had fun getting on a rooftop and clowning around for an hour for the sake of art.
I own a lot of photography equipment, but, as the saying goes, “I have all the gear I’ll ever need, said no photographer ever!” Six strobes just wasn’t enough for me. I needed more. So in the last shot you see, three more lights were added thanks to Photoshop. And some lens flares, because…. well, who wouldn’t?
Thanks to my friend and conspirator, Joe Spiteri for your help making this project possible. And a very special thank you to my friend and queen of positivity, Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, for allowing us to use the roof of her apartment! Couldn’t have done it without them.