At the end of each “Talking Your Tech” video shoot, I take a few moments to photograph the celebrity to accompany the piece. Here, today, are ten of my favorite TYT portraits from 2013. We’ll begin with Kelly Rowland, a founding member of the Destiny’s Child super group, and now a judge on TV’s “The X Factor.” She met us at Sony Music in Beverly Hills, in a conference room that happened to have a nice big window peering in. From the light, her eyes were sparkling, so when it came time to do the photo, I asked her to move directly in front of the window, for the greatest softbox in the world, natural window light.
Mr. JB Smoove is a comedian best known for his role as Larry David’s sidekick on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” He now co-stars in the CBS series “The Millers,” and he met us at the set, CBS Radford in Studio City, for a rollicking interview that had more to do with peanut butter and vests than tech. Afterwards, I asked if I could shoot him outside, again, for natural light, directly in front of the soundstage. I found a little strip of non-distracting wall, and I worked with him to get poses that reflected the interview. There were many comedian shots (mugging for the camera) and finally, this interesting portrait, which I love.
Supermodel Coco Rocha states that she’s the “Queen of Posing,” on her bio. So naturally, I asked her to show me. In 60 seconds, she quickly ran through about 100 poses, most of which I tried to catch at 250th of a second. This is one of them.
Comedians are so much fun, because they’ll never stand with their arms at their side–they’ll always give you comedian face. Such it was with Gabriel Iglesias, the “Fluffy” comic who performed nicely for us at his Fluffy, Inc. headquarters near Long Beach, California. Love those eyes!
Tom Green was photographed in the one place we could find a non-distracting background in his home–the bathroom!
The great classical music pianist Helene Grimaud was rehearsing for her show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles when we met for her interview. After the rehearsal, she stepped away for a few moments to freshen up, and we were ready for her portrait, on the great Bowl stage. But before she returned, the stagehands said they had to drop the curtain. Oh no! I’d lose my best portrait spot. The publicist went running to get her, and dashed her on the stage for the picture–as the curtain was falling!
Actor Jason Biggs is best known for his roles in the “American Pie,” movies, but now co-stars in the “Orange is the New Black,” series for Netflix. When not acting, he enjoys fighting back with Twitter haters, as a sport. So after our “Talking Your Tech,” interview, we asked Biggs to show a little Twitter hate for the camera. Fun stuff!
Magician Justin Willman is a fun guy who does tricks with tech–so it seemed fitting to do a really theatrical photo of his eye for this iconic “eye-phone” shot.
Former NFL great Terrell Owens, in a nice natural smile, after his interview.
Bela Fleck is one of my two all-time favorite musicians (longtime readers–who’s the other?) so it was a major thrill to have him on Talking Your Tech. At the end of the interview, I asked him to play a banjo solo, for B-roll, and requested my all-time favorite Fleck composition, “Sunset Road.” I love the contemplative look–and the fact that we were able to get it in a stuffy meeting room at the Sportsmans Lodge in Los Angeles.
Photographers: all the shots here taken with Canon 5D Mark III camera. Lenses: Canon 16-35mm 2.8 (Grimaud,) 24-70mm (Smoove, Iglesias, Green, Fleck,) and the rest with the Canon 70-200mm L 2.8. Lighting: all natural (+ flash) except for Biggs, who was lit with the Lowel Rifa softbox and additional Lowel Pro lights.