With the beautiful city of Lisbon as my back drop I had a little under twenty minutes to create a connection with the unforgettably “Mike” Starr for a feature in UP Inflight Magazine , Mike is an American actor. Notable for his large size, standing 6 ft 3 in, and has typically been typecast as a thug or henchman . Thats interesting because Mike is the nicest , down to earth person you would could ever meet ,We connected automatically, it helped that I mentioned I was a fellow New Yorker , I was born in Yonkers NY and Mike was born in Flushing, Queens, we both come from modest working class familes his mom a retail employe and his dad was a meatpacker . Its always important to research your subjects trey and find a connection point that you can use to leverage your shoot .
Mike has been featured in notable films such as Goodfellas, The Bodyguard, Ed Wood, Miller’s Crossing, Jersey Girl, Dumb and Dumber, to name a few .
This Wasn’t the typical shoot for Up Mag , for starters my editors weren’t exactly sure in which two segmentes the interview would go in , so depending on what part of the magazine it ran , They would decide on the type of images , So I had to get two completely diffent light set ups in about under 20 minutes . I arrived at the hotel , about 15 minutes early to give me time to set up and have a quick briefing with the journalist who would be conducting the interview .
I took the opportunity and started setting set up my portable studio so I would be ready to shoot when Mike arrived on set .
|This is the same set up I used for Mikes black back drop images . My back drop is Westcott collapsible 6×7 Black/White its portable , versatile and affordable . I almost always shoot portraits with Camera on 3 Legged Thing tripod , I used my Canon Mark III with 85 1,2 L glass , I used shot a series of images while Mike was giving the interview to my jornalist counter part , I shot those images with My Fuji XT-1 and 56 Mm lens .|