A portrait for the Wall Street Journal with the Breaking Bad Star Bryan Cranston

6/08/2016 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments



Today we have the honor to feature something special " Say My Name". Written by Mr. Damn Ugly,  also known as Brad Trent  (website), we hope you enjoy with this master class:


I’m gonna keep this behind-the-scenes look fairly short and sweet…kinda like my time with Bryan Cranston…because I think the portraits will sort of do all the heavy lifting. Ronnie Weil needed Mr. Cranston shot for Alexandra Wolfe’s ‘Weekend Confidential” feature in the Review section of the Wall Street Journal and I was happy enough to oblige. Here’s how we set up our pop-up studio at the London Hotel for what turned out to be a pretty great morning…

Unlike a lot of the hotel shoots I find myself in, the London gave us a pretty nice (and large) space to work with…nice enough that I was able to break out some of my really BIG guns…the 79″ Rime Lites…





Here’s how things looked with Robert standing in…



That set would allow me to do everything from full length to tight portraits, but I wanted to also have a more controlled lighting setup for another portrait, so we pulled out the beauty dish…


Here’s Kaz posing as fast as he can…


Alright…we’re ready to go. Mr. Cranston, you’re on!





Next, I broke out my favorite antique posing stool…



After a very quick 5 minutes…with his publicist doing the countdown mambo behind me…we moved over to the second set…


…and played around with the shadow and light on his face, getting progressively darker and moodier as we went along…




And here is the final story as it appeared in the Wall Street Journal…



Life is good when you love what you do…..



 This article and all the images were originally published on Brad Trent´s blog (here) and shared with his permission

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I'm a Canadian in New York who shoots people. But what exactly is Damn Ugly Photography?!!...read the rest of the story here

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