I passed Lana on the sidewalk while walking in Philadelphia and thought she'd make a good portrait. When I turned around she had this golden hour sun coming through her hair and it made the decision to go back easy. Ninety seconds later we had a strong portrait and she was still able to catch her bus.
Mr. Kim was once a taster in the Vietnamese army. Now, he owns the highly acclaimed Cafe Des Amis in Hoi An. Lighting was hard afternoon sunlight with one softbox for fill.
I was on my way home from another shoot when I pulled up to a stop sign and looked over to see this scene. I immediately jumped out of my car and went and introduced myself, and asked if I could make a portrait of him. Sometimes you're handed a gift.
I carry a camera with me most places(often my Fuji X100S) and shoot a lot of street photography. About 8 years ago, I started forcing myself to interact with people I saw on the street to shoot their portrait. I love seeing light, being a fly on the wall and waiting patiently for a moment, but it takes an entirely different skill to approach a stranger and convince them to let you make a photo of them. I still see amazing looking people and fail to muster up the nerve to stop them.
When I passed Christopher on a sidewalk in Philadelphia I got nervous. He looked like a serious man in a hurry to get somewhere and I didn't want to bother him. Then the voice in my head kicked in as I've trained it to do: "Go back". So I did, and Christopher was a polite and flattered gentleman happy to have his portrait made with his vibrant red hat juxtaposed against the sprinkles of red in the background.
The proud captain of our boat down the Thu Bon river through the city of Hoi An. This was lit with one light held by my assistant Beck just outside of the frame trying his best not to end up in the water.