Tommy is a local producer and DJ in Tucson, Arizona. He messaged me a few weeks ago wanting to book a portrait session in his home studio. We wanted to deviate from the conventional portrait in front of a backdrop and capture him in his environment where he is most creative. Creative portraits are my favorite assignments. I really love working with artists and photographing them in a way that shows them connected to their craft. Tommy’s creative playground is his computer where he composes original music.
Working with limited space in tight quarters, I positioned two small flashes gelled with aquamarine, bluish gels to change the color of the light behind him on his desk. I put one small flash with a CTO orange gel to the left of him to illuminate the left side of his face and cast a dark shadow on the opposite side. I set the white balance on my camera to tungsten to balance the CTO orange coming from the left side flash. I decided I wanted to let more light fall on the right side of his face so instead of introducing a fourth small flash, I opened up the blinds on the window to the right of the room. Because my white balance was set to tungsten, the sunlight coming through the window carried a bluish tint to it that matched up very well with the blue tones I created from the rear gelled flashes. I noticed the vertical line above him where the shelves met, creating a very symmetrical halfway point in the frame that I accented in Tommy’s portrait by creating the shadow down the center of his face from the placement of the flash to the left and the light coming through the right window.
Listen to Tommy’s music on his artist page.