John Costakis is quickly migrating to the top of everyone’s to watch list. With his magnetic personality and his stellar style of dress, it’s kind of hard not to be interested. John will be launching his style blog What He Wears later this year so he’s been working nonstop shooting long days. Well, guess what lucky little photographer got to follow him for his latest headshot session with More Light Photography?
A Day in The Life:
What He Wears
The breeze hits the pressed lapels of his suit as he steps out of his Buick. The only sound that can be heard is the click of the 3-inch heels on my thrift store flats. Todd, the owner of MLP (Not to be confused with My Little Pony) , is in the distance chattering about the cafe we’re about to enter. He’s telling us that it’s good but he’s kind of shrugging it off. That’s Todd’s style.
The first thing I notice when we walk into The Temple is how vintage it felt. Not like I-was-cool-before-cool-was-cool but actual vintage. It smells like homemade brownies with a hint of those little candies you find at the bottom of your grandparents’ purse. Older seniors are having a guitar practice in a separate room of the cafe. It’s nothing like anything you’ll see in the city.
There’s fun little knick knacks all across the store. The owners clearly have a sense of humor. (They also play pinball) Then, there’s coffee flavored ice cream that John orders. He pays with his card and his watch’s accents shine so bright they may blind me. It’s not your average scene.
Shortly after that, Todd, Ray (My assistant), and John started making their way over to the studio where John was about to have the second half of his shoot. I hung back simply to watch as John walked in his suit.. I’m an admirer of walks, ways, and mannerisms. It was only then that I noticed that John always walked like he had a mission to fulfil.
Yet, he stopped and offered me a bite of his coffee flavored ice cream. I thought that was such a gentlemen-like thing to do.
When we arrived back at the More Light Photography’s Studio, John took a moment to freshen up while Todd set up. The look on John’s face as he prepared himself to stand in front an entire studio setup was one I’ll never forget… It was determination.
A Little fun fact about More Light Photography:
Todd bought this amazingly stunning building and is literally creating the dream studio. Each room in the building has a different look, and I fell in love with it. Two floors of creative and unbelievable goodness, Todd took the time out of his busy schedule of creating a masterpiece to create… well… A masterpiece.
The lights go out and you hear this loud sound. It’s a lighting arrangement the size of three people turning on. John adjusts his tie one more time before he goes into full “what he wears” mode. For the next twenty minutes, there’s back and forth between Todd and John. There’s simple one word commands that are catered to immediately. I’m impressed as I see Todd come back and forth to adjust lights and small details. Anyone who tells you studio work is easy is lying. I’ve never seen anything like this. I’m stunned but I’m also taking pictures from behind John where beams of lights are consistently going off in my eyes so.. That may have been what blew my mind.
Todd then stops shooting and does something I’ve not seen photographers do in years. He allowed John to pull up a chair and view his photos. Together, they mutter as they address each other about what works with the shots and what doesn’t. Todd truly collaborates and connects with his clients. Visually, I take notes. I’m letting it all sink in. Thinking to myself, this is what a real collaboration looks like. John remains focused as I swarm about the duo capturing their viewing session. I watch as Todd points to little things and John nods profusely. He’s a professional. He’s used to the little things.
After the shoot is over, the men shake hands. The day is done and pretty soon, John is back in his Buick and on his way home. As I close my camera lens, extend my gratitude to Todd for letting me sit in, and start heading home, I smile to myself. This is what I fell in love with and I just got to witness it all.
What do You Think!?
Want to see how his headshots came out? I guess you’d better tell Todd over at More Light Photography that you can’t get enough of What He Wears! In the meantime, you can do one of two awesome things!