Matt James Barlow is a British actor, musician and comedian. I had the pleasure to be commissioned to do a portrait photoshoot with him in London last week. Matt is great to work with. He was very relaxed and I think it’s fair to say that this has been the nicest and most efficient portrait photoshoot I have ever done.
I used a 85mm prime lens that delivered razor sharp photographs. My camera is a top of the range Canon 5D mk3. These two pieces of kit are probably the best combination for any portrait photoshoot. I also used three speedlight flashes. Two of these flashes were placed inside photography softboxes. These softboxes create very soft shaddows and natural looking skin tones. I’m able to control each flash remotely via a radio sender unit mounted on top of my camera.
We started out with some rather standard but friendly looking shots. Matt is incredibly photogenic and within the first ten shots we already had ‘the one’.
Matt is an entertainer and we both agreed that his portrait photographs should reflect this. I asked him to make all kinds of expressions in front of the camera such as an angry wild roar, a yawn, a surprised look, a wink or a look of disbelieve. The results were a funny and very diverse selection of portraits. The photoshoot only took 90 Minutes in which he changed his outfit several times.
I spend the next day behind the computer developing all RAW camera files and sent the photos to his agent and himself. His agent was particularily happy with the outcomes of our portrait photoshoot.
He uses these photos on his website and social media. They have also been printed on posters and tickets which I as photographer am exceptionally proud of.