I’ve known Zack for quite a long time. His uncle was my best friend throughout high school. Fast forward to my college years and Zack was the ring bearer at my best friend’s marriage. One of my responsibilities as Best Man was to keep the ring bearer from wiggling, squirming and making a scene up on stage. He was only a few years old at the time – and he didn’t make my task very easy.
Fast forward about a dozen years later and Zack’s all grown up. He’ll be a senior in high school next year and wanted some senior portraits to illustrate his love of ROTC and the military. He plans on going into the Army after completing college.
A few days after shooting Zack in his ACU, we got permission to shoot him in his formal attire at the local Armory. The wind proved challenging (and caused the destruction of an 86" parabolic umbrella), but we were able to complete the shoot without too many problems.
The tank is actually resting on a platform so careful framing was used to mask the tank’s real use as a demilitarized landscape ornament.
strobist: 1 White Lightning x3200, camera left, diffused by a Paul C. Buff Large Foldable Softbox. 1 White Lightning Ultrazap 1600, camera right (behind subject), with standard reflector used as rim light. An 86" parabolic umbrella was positioned camera right to shade the subject from direct sunlight. Monolights triggered via Cybersyncs; powered via Vagabond IIs. A Singh-Ray Vari-N-Duo was used.