Photographing The Forever Kid

"Take pictures all the time. Don't worry if you take a bad photograph; you learn more by taking a bad picture than a good one. If you don't like it, study it and figure out why you don't like it. You'll learn from your mistake.

Patrick Demarchelier

I'm super excited about releasing my first post and I'm glad that it can be about this shoot! This happens to be one of my top favorites, mainly due to the spontaneous everything was. As you go through life as a creative you find out that a lot of your best work comes from when you just stop thinking and go for it. It's even better when having someone like Daniel Novello who is not only a very talented music artist but is also open to different ideas and trying new things, it ends up as a perfect recipe for the magic to be made! A lot of times people aren't willing to step outside of their comfort zone for the image, and most of the time that is what's needed for a masterpiece.

You can check out Daniel Novello's music right here

The Set Up

This set up is a remix of my normal lighting set up.


Canon 6D

Shutter: 1/125

F/: 5.6

ISO: 125

70 - 200mm 2.8 Sigma

Lights: Elinchrom

1 Portalite Elinchrom Square Softbox

1 White Beauty Dish

1 Snoot with  a red gel

I normally enjoy my photos to have a lot of contrast in them. Using harsh lighting I am able to create depth and clarity which makes it a little more tedious when it comes to retouching but worthwhile once the image is finished.

When using the Square Softbox I position it as the key light, and the beauty dish is used for fill. I know that's not very ideal at all, but creates exactly what I need. I also used the Snoot with the red gel to cover the shadows with red.

Lighting Example


Towards the end of the shoot, I realized that Daniel also had glitter on him that I almost forgot about. Of course, when it comes to glitter you want everything to be meticulously but we neglected that. He asked how I wanted it, and all I can say was just all over. In my mind no one is perfect, so not everything is meant to have a pristine touch.

HOWEVER, to get back on point I created this shot with long exposure. It took a long time because with the method long exposure you have to make that everything is just right. That means everything from a steady camera to the camera settings, and all the way into lighting. Throughout trial and error and a little dizziness, we finally got the shot we were searching for.

Using Format