I photographed Harvard Professor and Department of History Chair James T. Kloppenberg author of the book “Reading Obama” on campus in Cambridge, MA last fall for a story in the New York Times. Mr. Kloppenberg was a great person to photograph as he was very friendly and accommodating. I really enjoyed our discussing during the session.
When I am shooting a portrait I always try to engage the subject as an attempt to produce emotion or gesture from them. Emotion and gesture are in my mind probably more important in a good photo than composition, light or any technique. The first photo above was my favorite image. We were joking around as I was taking photos when Mr. Kloppenberg pulled out a tissue. The photo was made when he went to put the tissue back in his pocket. An unexpected moment that made the best image. I said to him that I thought that was going to be the photo that runs and it was even though we spent another 30min. shooting. I love the photo editors at the NY Times as they almost always pick my favorite images to go with the story. The images are all natural light aided by a large Calumet silver reflector mounted on a light stand and boom.