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Portrait Of The Week Series - No.37: Mark (MC Slave) Williams

Occasionally, studio shoots for clients run ahead of schedule and you are left with a bit of spare time to do a mate a favour. Slave needed some new head shots, so I gave him a call and he joined me at White Studios after picking the kids up from school.

Using a Profoto head with a beauty dish against a bare white wall, we got to it and quickly got a range of different looks.

Powerful strobes allow you to work fast - just as well since the kids were getting restless.

Nikon D4/ Nikkor 85mm 1.4G / Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8G lens, Profoto Head/ Beauty Dish White, Lightroom 5.

Portrait Of The Week Series - No.36: Cam Mansel

Natural light headshot-style portraits of Cam Mansel.

Nikon D4/ Nikkor 85mm 1.4G lens, Lightroom 5.

Portrait Of The Week Series - No.35: Jennie Skulander

This publicity image of Jennnie Skulander, lead vocals - Devilskinis actually a composite with a fake background and shadow. I photographed Jennie and the rest of the band in an outdoor studio with a combination of natural and strobe light and decided to add textures and backgrounds to a few images to give as much versatility to the press kit as possible.

It was subsequently used as the cover of Rip It Up magazine.


Here are a few other band images from the shoot.

Nikon D4/ Nikkor 85mm 1.4G / Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8G lens, Profoto B1/ Profoto Deep White Umbrella, Lightroom 5.

Portrait Of The Week Series - No.33: Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim)

A couple of years back, I photographed Norman Cook at the Serato offices. I had about 10 minutes to get a range of portraits, and Norman happily obliged with good grace and a sense of humour.

He performed as Fatboy Slim that same night at the Vector Arena in Auckland.

Nikon D300/ Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8G lens, Nikon SB900/ Lastolite Soft box & SB900/ Rogue Grid, Lightroom 5.

Portrait Of The Week Series - No.32: Scott Kelly

Scott turns 40 this week.

He looks meaner in the above photo than he does in reality. Scott is actually a big softie and is a devoted father to Oscar (who incidentally, can cope a 'tude when faced with a D4).

Nikon D4/ Nikkor 85mm 1.4G lens, Nikon SB900 Flash/ Westcott Rapid Box, Lightroom 5.

Portrait Of The Week Series - No.27: Mike Relm

I shot this portrait of DJ Mike Relm exactly one year ago at the Clift Hotel in San Francisco. Prior to a video interview, I photographed Mike in the hotel suite using a mixture of natural light and flash.

When taking portraits in a hotel room, you have to work with what you've got - fortunately the room at the Clift was large and stylishly appointed - and I couldn't resist using the large glass table and light shade in the living room as compositional elements.

Mike is lit by daylight coming through a large window to his right.

While the room was being set up for the video interview, I moved Mike to the bedroom and shot an alternate portrait against the floor-to-ceiling drapes using a small soft box.

If Mike was your typical T-shirt/hoody-wearing DJ, these shots may not have been so successful, I think.

Nikon D4/ Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8G lens, Nikon SB900 Flash/ Lastolite Soft Box, Lightroom 5.

Portrait Of The Week Series - No.18: Aroha Harawira

It's always nice to be asked by a friend to help out with some photography. Even better when they bring their "A" game.

George FM radio host, DJ and audio technician Aroha is working on a re-vamp of her public image and needed fresh press photos - I was only too happy to oblige (especially as I tend to get to shoot mainly male DJs) - and she turned up to the shoot on time, with perfect hair and make-up, ready and willing to create some great images.

Working from a style guide that Aroha had provided prior, we cracked straight into some punchy 'commercial-style' images (using a beauty-dish soft-box on a white seamless) and banged out a hundred or so keepers.

A quick wardrobe change and a switch to a shoot-through ring-flash gave us a totally different look (kind of indie?) which seemed to work extremely well.

The most satisfying photography for me is when the subject and I are working towards the same goal with the same enthusiasm. Everything seems to fall in place - a solid set of images is the result, and sometimes even a bit of magic happens.

These are the last four frames of the shoot (raised the ring-flash upwards) - totally relaxed and natural. Thanks to Aroha for totally committing to the shoot and being "in the zone". A girl on fire.

Portrait Of The Week Series - No.17: Lorde

As part of the lead-up to her iHeart Radio concert in Auckland, Lorde recorded an interview to publicise the event.

I was there to shoot stills and was taken by the maturity of this sixteen-year old who is just beginning to realise the implications of worldwide fame. Despite giving off an aura of fragility and delicateness, Ella (real name) remained calm and unflappable, handling with ease a room full of camera technicians, publicists, etc. and easily responded to all the questions in one take.

My job was relatively easy, as the lighting was all set by the video crew - I just had to be sure not to spoil the mood with my moving about and the loud shutter release - but I was happy to capture a range of different looks from this young star on the rise, and in particular one frame when she looked right into my lens.