Make It Work, Tim Gunn Style

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Tim Gunn Portrait by John Keatley

Tim Gunn.  The man is like a saint.  Everyone loves him.  And I have to say, he is one of the nicest people I have ever photographed or met.  He was kind, easy to work with, and the only person who has ever said to me, “Are you sure you don’t want more time?” at the end of a shoot.  What most people don’t know about this picture is that I actually made his suit out of an old soft box, and the lining from one of my camera bags.  “Find a way to mitigate that center seam” he repeatedly instructed as I tirelessly worked, rushing to finish the garment.  “Make it work!”

Talk about pressure.  Thankfully he thought the suit was stunning, and the shoot went great too.  While I was packing up, I noticed Tim in the corner of the room tearing up a piece of berber carpet.  I gave him a questioning look, and he said, “For our next challenge, you will be designing an outfit for a garden party.  You have fifteen minutes to caucus.”

Season 6 of Project Runway, hosted by Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum will be starting soon.  To hold you over, (here) is one of my favorite Tim Gunn video clips.


You are a very funny man, John Keatley.

POSTED BY Molly on 2-20-2009

John, I've been browsing your blog for the past couple of hours and I must say that I've learned a lot. This particular post caught my eye. I'm curious what technique you used to get that attractive green halo around Mr. Gunn's head. I've seen similar things in Platon's president portraits, but he did some of them in post-production. If I were to venture a guess, I'd say either a gridded, gelled background light or simply gridded or Fresnel on a green background. However, I can't figure out where the light is positioned in relation to the model. Perhaps you could reveal your magic in this one? Thank you, Andrei

POSTED BY Andrei Popovici on 5-29-2009

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