Steven Strait
I thought it would be cool to do a shoot with Steven together with his wife, Lynn.  In keeping with the idea of varying the style of the images, I chose to shoot on location at their loft building, near downtown Los Angeles.  While Lynn was going through hair and make-up, I saw that the smoke from the cigarette Steven was enjoying was catching the light in a very cool way.  I grabbed my camera, and pushed up under the fluorescent fixture. He was stoked when I encouraged him to smoke away unabashed, while we did his single.  The existing fluorescent light fixture not only made the smoke look good, but also contributed to the almost eerie rim/hair light.   

My inspiration began with another retro feel idea, which quickly morphed into a Fincher-like vibe with the visible fluorescent lights of the parking lot in the building.  I liked that there were no definable characteristics to indicate where the environment was.  Using controlled slices of light from the strobes, I tried to light dramatically as well as beautifully, being careful not to contaminate the dramatic-looking environments.

For the two shots, I wanted something like a noir book cover or graphic novel, or a scene from a Raymond Chandler detective novel.  Lynn’s striking beauty and Steven’s deadpan cool glance make these images for me.