Portrait session with John McKaig, Alexandria, Virginia. June, 2016.

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John McKaig, an accomplished artist and old friend, recently visited my studio to collaborate over a portrait sitting.  John recently wrapped a gallery show and had a moment of downtime before jumping back into the studio.

I love making portraits like this – strong and direct.  The original setup was far more involved, and only after stripping the set down to the essentials did everything fall into place.  One huge, soft light through a large octobox and a second pushed through a background scoop.  It’s easy to get bogged down with gear and forget about the point of things – connecting with the sitter.

Thank you, John, for trusting me with your portrait – I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.

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