At the end of last year I got contacted about shooting some photos for the Showtime TV Show, “Inside the NFL”. The job consisted of taking some BTS photos during taping but they also wanted to get some portraits of the hosts of the show. The biggest challenge was time management and making sure that I was capturing everything that needed to be captured.
The first week I was on set my only objective was to get BTS photos. This was definitely helpful for me to figure out the pace of things and planning ahead for the next week when I would be back to shoot the portraits. For the most part it was pretty laid back and just made sure I was getting interesting angles and working around the cameras they had on set. Here are some of the images that they ended up using on social media to promote the show:
The following week was a little bit more of a logistical challenge. I showed up and quickly put together a little portrait studio on the backside of the set so I would be out of the way of the taping but not too far away that I couldn’t pull guys as they had a break during a segment. I also knew the lighting setup had to be as simple as possible because I knew I would have very much time with each guy to tinker around. In the end I went with a two light setup where the main light (octabox) was to camera left to create a rembrandt triangle and the fill (beauty dish) was to camera right to lessen the shadow on the other side of their faces. The lighting guys on the set helped rig up a hot light to subtly light the Studio 42 sign in the background which was super helpful in keeping my “studio” compact.
Getting the lights set up and continuing to take the BTS photos were the easy part of the day. Once I started pulling guys throughout the show (while still capturing BTS photos) I realized that I would probably have about 60 seconds max with each guy. This meant I had to be on point with my instructions and fire off as many frames as possible. When the show wrapped I still had to get portraits of Boomer Esaison and Brandon Marshall. Because they were headed straight to the airport I immediately grabbed Brandon after they wrapped and told my assistant to go grab Boomer while I photographed Brandon. In the end, I probably had about 30 seconds with each of them but I’m really happy with how this final portrait turned out of Boomer:
This was another one of those amazing projects that I can’t believe I got to be a part of. I got to hang around for a couple days with some of the best players in NFL History and just hear them talk about Football. The collective knowledge that these guys have about the sport is truly incredible. If you want to check out the other portraits that I took you can head over to my website and check them out there.
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