I’m not a fan of cigarette smoke. For me, a mere whiff typically means an instant headache and nausea. My mom smoked when I was young. (She’s going to love me for outing her like this.) I would often wait until she wasn’t paying attention and stamp out her resting lit cigarette. I was such a brat.
So when Forbes called me to make a portrait of Jan Verleur, CEO of the e-cigarette company, VMR, I mentally prepared for a headache.
Turns out, the VMR corporate headquarters is walking distant from my condo in Miami AND e-cigarettes don’t really smell. AMAZING! So after an easy commute, we set up two separate shots- both involving smoke, because no matter how stinky, smoke pretty much always photographs well.
The first set-up was a studio style portrait in front of a seamless backdrop. I really like this chestnut color. I might have to use it again soon.
Next up was an environmental portrait we set up in Jan’s office. His dog Princess is always by his side, so naturally I had to include her in the photo (although, based on her expression, I’m not sure she approves of Jan’s smoking habit.)
Here is a link to the complete Forbes article online,