Ethan Bearman changes his look every couple of years, and a quick google image search proves this is no understatement. He spends more time behind the microphone than the video camera (although he’s by no means camera-shy), but maintaining and updating his image is important. Mr. Bearman had some pretty specific shots he was looking for – and even though the second one was a more traditional in-studio type of shot, I knew a few tricks that would enable me to accomplish both during a relatively short portrait session at New Brighton Beach in Aptos. The weather was overcast, but it worked to our advantage since the direction we wanted to shoot (toward the cliffs) would have been impossible with full sun. Being a talk show host, Ethan brought a few industry props with him, which helped accentuate the exercise in contrasts we were trying to achieve. For the “emerging from the dark” photos, I employed a Vari-ND filter to kill the ambient light, and turned up the juice on my gridded 3′ Octa / Prophoto B1 flash. The result was a dramatically lit portrait that you’d never guess was shot on a sandy beach. Here’s a few of my favorites from our quick lifestyle business portrait session:
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