I shot the image below very recently, and I kind of love it. The model, a really charming kid named Derek, was an absolute pleasure and sat very patiently while my super talented makeup artist Erika Seward did her work with him. He actually was pretty delighted with how rough he looked when she was finished, as I’m sure I would have been.
We shot at Derek’s home with a borrowed bunny and stun gun. The bunny’s name is Mr. Thumps, and yes, of course the electricity leaping between the contacts on the stun gun was made in Photoshop. I know better than to hand an 11-year-old a stun gun with the battery in it, thank you very much.
The photo is awfully funny to me on its own, but I think it’s made even more entertaining by the story that came out of Portland shortly after I shot it. Seems a 22-pound house cat attacked a family, forcing them to dial 911 from their locked bedroom. No kidding. To be fair, though, it does sound to me like the family had it coming. The baby started it all by pulling the cat’s tail, which earned him a blood-drawing swipe to the forehead. Then the mom’s boyfriend kicked the cat away, and that apparently is where things really went off the rails.
Me, I just enjoy it when I shoot something that turns out to be timely.
For those interested, the photo was lit with a 4-foot by 6-foot softbox from camera left to mimic daylight through a window. A silver bounce to camera right filled in shadows a bit, and I used a smaller box from 3/4 rear, camera left, for a rim light. Camera was set at ISO 100, f/5.6 at 1/60 sec.