Shot with my local idol Karen Russell.
She wanted to hit up Home Suite Home, an extended stay residence off 50.
The place reminded me of an apartment complex I spent some of my childhood at, but rougher.
I brought my new “go to” setup, being a flash with a snoot and a pack of gels to tint it.
We started off in the courtyard and shot the breeze for a minute as the sun set.
A minute after starting the shoot, some of the residents asked for a portrait, so I asked them to join in on hers.
Everybody was super nice or indifferent, which was cool.
Karen says that the place is a mecca for sex offenders, which is a bummer, because there were a shit-ton of kids running around.
So I met up with Travis Braxton of the Wendigo to shoot some portraits.
The poor buggar was using some shots I took from a New Year’s Eve party I threw last year (he killed it) as his album art and general promo stuff.
After considering/scouting a couple locations, I decided on a little psychic shop on Mills called Readings by Dinah.
The place has two neon signs that made for a killer backdrop to Travis’ otherworldly (underworldly?) presence.
I shot wide open at f2 at 1/640.
I shut out a lot of the ambient light with the fast shutter speed to isolate Travis and the signs.
I lit him with a single flash at 1/64 power, which was more than enough at f2.
We got the second shot in the next lot over.
I stopped down to f4 and put a snoot on the flash and pulled it back like 6 feet to cast a hard shadow on his (the dead animal’s) face.
I’ll be meeting up with Travis later this weekend to shoot another portrait, as I might not be seeing him for a bit!