Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Portraits of Henry William Oelkers

Henry William Oelkers
the man waiting

Henry William Oelkers

Henry William Oelkers
upper hillbilly

Henry William Oelkers
Henry William Oelkers

These are some images I have from a shoot a little while back with actor/model and all around gentleman, Henry William Oelkers.

Henry is capable of portraying a wide variety of characters. He brought along various costumes and achieved quite a few different looks in the few hours we worked together.

Henry is also somewhat of a celebrity in that he was the model that artist David Jon Kassan sketched live on his ipad which wound up going viral in a short time. It was actually through contact with David that I came to know Henry.

In these portraits, a medium softbox was used for main light, with a snooted strobe hitting the face from slightly above head level to bring an extra glow. Smaller box used for fill and another for rim and hair.

Most work done in Lightroom with some images being brought into Photoshop for a bit extra treatment.


Julie Magers Soulen said...

Awesome work of both of you. His expressions are soulful and so is your portraiture.

Julie Magers Soulen Photography

Bonnie said...

Amazing Gary. I especially like the last two for the eyes. The swirling smoke from the pipe caps off that photo perfectly. It must be SO satisfying to do such great work.

Gary Heller said...

Julie, he really is quite an interesting person to begin with, and yes his expressions are priceless.

Thanks, Bonnie. :) the pipe was a sort of last minute prop. I have a few around and I think it might be the same one I used in my own self portrait.

FrancescPhoto said...

Excelent shots!! Salut!!

Francesc, Barcelona


karen said...

love it! moody and intense. very cool

Veronica said...

These are great!

Mark n Manna said...

The man of a thousand faces. :-)
You and he did some excellent ,amazing work together.

Thanks for sharing this, Gary.

Catherine said...

This gentlemen's face if full of character to be sure. What fantastic photos Gary ~ you always amaze me!

Hope May is treating you well!
xo Catherine