1. Cool post from @EmilyShur about what it’s like shooting celebrities “photo booth” style at award shows. Awesome portrait too.

    emilyshur:

    Helen Mirren backstage at the SAG Awards on January 18, 2014. 

    These types of “photo booth” shoots at awards shows are interesting.  Basically we set up a backdrop and a full studio lighting set up in a little cubicle designated for us, side by side other photographers and videographers doing exactly the same thing.  The actors and celebrities get shuffled around from spot to spot, and I would get about 1-2 minutes with each person.  You can hear lots of yelling going on around you, and the publicists are mainly concerned with getting their clients to as many different press outlets as possible.  If you have any interest in the inner workings of Hollywood and the entertainment industry (which I do), the whole thing is pretty fascinating (and crazy).  

    All in all, I probably got about 10 frames total of each celebrity before they were rushed off to the next one.  Helen Mirren and yesterday’s Lupita Nyong’o were so easy to photograph and so poised even in that chaotic environment. Hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to photograph both of them again under more “normal” circumstances.

     
  2. Had a great conversation with Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk (@artswriter) forMLive.com about my role in photographing comedians for LaughFest over the last four years. Read the story here:

    http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2014/04/laughfest_behind_the_lens_bria.html#incart_river_default

    www.briankellyphoto.net

     
  3. Going back almost 3 years…this was another shoot for @experiencegrandrapids. The location is Stella’s Lounge and the model is @loganlubbers.

     
  4. Digging deep in the archives today for a major website overhaul and came across this image from a couple years ago for Experience Grand Rapids. #briankellyphoto #briankelly #experiencegrandrapids #TheBOB

     
  5. My favorite portrait of @jayleno taken for @laughfestgr a couple weeks ago. After Jay completed his amazing run on The Tonight Show, this image has a “Well, that’s it?” feel to it for me. Jay was incredibly nice and great to work with. @fallontonight @jimmyfallon

    www.briankellyphoto.net

     
  6. My portrait of @toddbarry taken for @laughfestgr a week or so ago. I love the grit of the Heartside district around the Pyramid Scheme. #toddbarry #comedy #comedians #briankellyphoto #laughfest

    www.briankellyphoto.net 

     
  7. My @laughfestgr portrait of @tedalexandro who should be cast immediately as a dirty/thug cop in True Detective. Aside from the tough looking photo, Ted was one of the coolest dudes of the festival. #tedalexandro #laughfest #briankelly #briankellyphoto #www.briankellyphoto.net

     
  8. Another Byzantine inspired portrait of @jenkirkman taken for @laughfestgr. #innocence #jenkirkman #laughfest #chelsealately #comedy #comedians

     
  9. My portraits of @Mir andasingsofficial and @colleenb123 taken for @laughfestgr. Super cool girl with very enthusiastic fans.
    #mirandasings #colleenballinger #laughfest #youtube #wealthytheatre #grandrapids

     
  10. My portrait of @jenkirkman taken for @laughfestgr…this portrait was inspired by Byzantine paintings. Look it up, people!

    www.briankellyphoto.net

     
  11. My portrait of Chris Tucker taken for @laughfestgr. Best jacket I’ve ever photographed.

    www.briankellyphoto.net

     
  12. My portrait of Jay Leno taken last night for @laughfestgr. Jay was one of the nicest entertainers I’ve ever met. #JayLeno #tonightshow #nbc #laughfest #comedy #comedians #grandrapids #briankellyphoto #briankelly #celebrity #celebrities #LosAngeles #burbank 

    www.briankellyphoto.net

     
  13. My portrait of @aprilmacie taken last night for @laughfestgr. It was a great shoot and April was super sweet. #AprilMacie #laughfest #comedy #comedians #celebrity #celebrities

    www.briankellyphoto.net

     
  14. My portrait of Brad Williams (@funnybrad) taken for @laughfestgr last night at The Orbit Room. Brad’s a really great guy who committed to the photo! #bradwilliams #comic #comedians #showerscene #laughfest #celebrity #celebrities #briankelly #briankellyphoto #grandrapids www.briankellyphoto.net

     
  15. My portrait of Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) taken for @laughfestgr a couple of nights ago. His show was hilarious as usual. #birbigs #laughfest #comedy #comedians #sleepwalkwithme #NPR #Thisamericanlife #iraglass #mygirlfriendsboyfriend #mikebirbiglia #pizza #briankelly #briankellyphoto

    www.briankellyphoto.net