Jonsi-Inspired Portrait Shoot with Ian

A little over a year ago, my friend and director of Masquer Ministries, Ian, introduced me to the music of Jón “Jónsi” Þór Birgisson – lead singer of the Icelandic post-rock group, Sigur Rós.  I’ve been a fan ever since. Apart from his music, Jónsi had a particular look for his “Go” album tour that I thought could be really cool inspiration for a portrait shoot in combination with a grunge / industrial setting.  It would need to be dramatic and colorful, and I figured if anyone could pull it off, it would be Ian. So, we talked about it, made some plans, and then kind of shelved the idea until the right location came along.

Well, it took me a while to find the location, but finally, this week, we pulled it together at an old, empty hardware store in Yorba Linda.  I’d photographed Cat there a week or so ago, and knew at that time, it would be the perfect location for our shoot with Ian.

So, with the help of Kelly Nelson, fellow Masquer Ministries cast member and makeup artist extraordinaire, we met this week at the hardware store, and spent a couple hours exploring the portrait options.  Here are a few of my favorites from the day:


Kelly and Ian:

Closeup showing off Kelly’s detailed makeup / feather artistry:

What a blast to work with such talented folks!  Many thanks to Ian and Kelly for taking an afternoon out of their busy schedules to indulge a guy with a weird vision.  And thanks too, to Cat,who, when not in FRONT of the camera, is an indispensable photography assistant!

For the gearheads: these images where made with a Nikon D2x; Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 lens combo.  Lighting was a balance of ambient (dirty south-facing window) light and a Nikon SB-800 in either a 22-inch gridded beauty dish or Paul C. Buff 10 x 36″ stripbank.

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4 thoughts on “Jonsi-Inspired Portrait Shoot with Ian

  • Awesome! Beautiful! Spectacular! I can’t believe how incredibly God has blessed me: to be able to call such beautifully talented people (the three of you) my friends and (most importantly) my dear brothers and sister in the Lord! Wow! I just may have to check out this music that inspired you! Oddly enough, Ian’s costume reminds me of a dream I had: Masquer put on a kind of Italian circus…now I really wish they’d do that! ; )

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