Christ John Otto is an author and the founder of Belonging House. He contacted me after seeing the work I've done with Ian Ethan Case and we've developed a friendship while preparing to work together. Christ (rhymes with "wrist") was looking to have some promotional photography created in the form of head shots for his website and upcoming books. During our session, he let me play around a little bit and diverge away from our head shot session and take a little more freestyle approach.
For the image above, I slapped the Petzval lens on the front of the camera and took Christ into an empty studio next door to mine. I love this look he is giving me here. I love how the background gets kind of messy and circular because of the Petzval. I don't use the Petzval enough and have to remember to put it on the camera more often.
Then I tossed a prism in front of the lens and started picking up reflections and refractions.
I love when a client allows me to play a little bit during our session. I'm usually very lighthearted during all my sessions, but the people that let me break out a little bit and try this and that hold a special place in my heart.
Christ is currently on a multi-month sabbatical in Scotland right now. Color me jealous. He told me before he left that he's already anxious to hire me for another session, which is the best compliment in the world to get.
See you soon, Christ. Make magic while in Scotland. See you when you get back.