Recently I was assigned to photograph the one and only, Bill Nye. Naturally, I was excited because I recall many hours of actual educational entertainment (edutainment?) from his Disney Channel show in the 1990′s. His goal was to combine PeeWee’s Playhouse with Mr. Wizard and it really worked. We didn’t have too much time with him since he was in Seattle with a busy schedule; science conferences, throwing out the first pitch at the Mariners game, filming a new documentary. But whether you’re hanging out with him or taking his photo, you’re guaranteed exactly what you’d expect: a really funny guy who knows a lot about science and bow ties.
Because of his natural performance charisma, he was one of the easiest subjects to shoot. I had more winning photos from my roll than just about anyone else so it was hard to decide on the favorites. We were able to get some interview material from him for a short behind-the-scenes video shot with my friends at Session 7 Media.
As far as setup, I had him seated at a desk, placed him in front of a hard aluminum wall to match his shiny jacket. I lit him with a fairly centered beauty dish and a second light through a strip box.
Let’s drink to learning! Keith and Cory of Session 7 after our shoot wrapped.