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.