Meet Carlos David Garcia, the brave soul that not only agreed to embark on this steel wool adventure with me, but also brought the bartending skills and the booze. Carlos is the manager at Brooklyn's on Boulder, which made him perfect for this concept. I wanted a classy look with all black clothing and red suspenders, similar to what he usually wears to work. If you've been to Brooklyn's, you know that place is straight class. If you haven't been... you're missing out!
Carlos brought a bottle of their in-house distilled, spicy flavored gin called "Ginfuego", which happens to be my personal favorite of all the Lee Spirits gins and more importantly, absolutely perfect for this shoot! You'll see what I mean in this next image.
I set up all of my equipment, marked our places, and then we waited for it to get dark enough. At this point, we couldn't see anything. I had my assistant light up Carlos's face with a cell phone so I could make sure he was properly in focus. Then she pushed the shutter button for me once I was at a safe distance behind him and had lit the steel wool. Speaking of which... the bright lines you see behind him, making a circle and lighting up the tunnel are actually a bunch of tiny sparks being flung from the steel wool that I'm spinning behind him. I had his safety in mind, but I almost caught MY hair on fire because I forgot to put my hood back up for this shot. Total professional that I am, I stayed on my mark and managed to keep spinning while I readjusted my fire helmet, I mean hood. That being said, no one was harmed in the making of these images.
I love coming up with creative ideas for photo sessions and bringing them to life. If you're looking for something a bit more exciting or unique to represent your business or brand, or even for some original family or wedding images, I'm your photographer. Let's end with a behind the scenes video of the making of this last image: