This is a personal project I have been wanting to start for some time now. It is, in a way, motivated by the Humans of New York project but even before that, I wanted to do something like this. The older I get, the more I realize I need to know the neighbors around me. Mr. Nelson has been one of the neighbors that we have known for a while as he is always outside his house working around the yard or walking his dog, Rambo, around the block.
I figured he would be a perfect first subject for this project so when we were out for our noon family walk, he was once again working in his yard, I asked him if I could come back this evening and take a couple of portraits for this project.
Here are the shots I ended up with from the short photoshoot. Mr. Nelson was awesome thru the whole thing and much more excited about it than I at first imagined he would be. Before I began this project, I asked advice from an amazing photographer, Matt Coughlin, that does a lot of work in this area. His pointers for asking people for photographs definitely got me going in the right direction. Mr. Nelson's dog, Rambo, on the other hand was scared to death of the strobe light, so we only got one shot before he ran off back into the house.
Used the beauty dish with my Einstein Strobe as my key light for all shots. The power varied based on distance from subject. Wanted to go with the PLM for softness but it seems like the dish gave me plenty of reach so will keep using it for this project if outside. Background is just lit by the setting sun.