Meet Dr. Thomas Kurfess, the Director of the Campbell Graduate Engineering Center at Clemson University's International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). A super nice guy, he was bound and determined that I make him look cool for his kids... and in my humble opinion, indeed he does look cool!
I don't mind working alone... many of my portraits are simple enough as to where I don't really need an assistant... it always nice to have someone sit in as I set up lights (you'll notice that I am running back and forth shooting myself with the timer), but I kinda like the solitude that a budget sometimes forces me into. This is a 4-light setup... 3 Speedlites up front and an 800-WS monolight back in the room.
Check out the video... the song is "Keep the Car Running" by Arcade Fire.