One Minute/One Light Portraits with the actors Michael Imperioli and John Ventimiglia from the Sopranos

Shooting actors at Cabaret Maxime Premiere

Recently I was hired to photograph two former cast members from the five-time golden globes award-winning TV show “The Sopranos”. These were the actors Michael Imperioli and John Ventimiglia. They came to Lisbon for the launch of a new film, “Cabaret Maxime” from the director Bruno Almeida.

Michael Imperioli portrait 1 John Ventimiglia portrait 1

Michael Imperioli portrait 2 John Ventimiglia portrait 2

Christopher and Artie from The Sopranos

Bruno de Almeida, director of Cabaret Maxime 1 Bruno de Almeida, director of Cabaret Maxime 2

Bruno de Almeida, director of Cabaret Maxime

The Photoshoot

At the film premiere, I set up a mini studio and had One Minute to shoot each subject in a very complex environment. I had a portable 6×7′ backdrop from Westcott with black and white sides. Here my choice was the black one. If you are not going to shoot full body portraits, these are a perfect solution.

I almost always shoot portraits with my camera on a 3LT tripod which enables me to have a better way of communication with my subject. Communication is really important when dealing with actors because they tend to be shy, which was just the case here. To keep the lighting portable and fast to mount, I brought only one Profoto B1 flash with a Westcott Rapid Beauty Dish. I positioned it a bit on the side and above the subjects, to give that loop shadow. Of course, if the model moves their head around it changes a lot. With the light prepared the only drawback was the time I had with them. For such a short amount of time, it is really hard to make camera-shy subjects get comfortable enough and open in front of the camera.

I used the Fujifilm GFX 50S with the GF 120mm F4 Macro lens and a Profoto Air remote. I had everything except the background packed in my ThinkTank Naked Shape Shifter V2 backpack which made everything easy and compact for transportation.

The Premiere

Besides the portraits, I was there also to take some shots at the step and repeat and the launching ceremony of Cabaret Maxime. Funny this was what I was initially hired for. Shooting the portraits was an extra I really wanted to do. After all, some cool portraits are much better than the usual step and repeat photos.


Joaquim Almeida also was at the premiere of Cabaret Maxime!
Joaquim Almeida also was at Cabaret Maxime Premiere!
Bruno Almeida and the actors at the Cabaret Maxime Premiere.
Bruno Almeida and the actors at the Cabaret Maxime Premiere.


Gear List

Camera: Fujifilm GFX 50S
Lens: Fujifilm GF 120mm F4 Macro
Flash: Profoto B1
Softbox: Westcott Rapid Beauty Dish
Tripod: Three Legged Thing Albert
Tripod Head: 3LT Air Hed
Trigger: Profoto Air Remote
Background: Westcott Illuminator Background
128GB Sandisk Extreme Pro SD Memory Card
Bag: ThinkTank Naked Shape Shifter V2

Read More:

A couple of those images were published in my article of FujiLove magazine! If you are interested in seeing the rest of them click here.