After the shots I got a phone call from a friend asking me to do some portraits of her son this afternoon for an acting agency. I agreed, and after the call got to thinking about how to do it, with my Fuji camera gear at my office across town. What the hell, I can use the same set up as for the still life shots - the Canon and the Zeiss 50mm, my only Canon mount lens. It should be ok, though I prefer a longer focal length.
Then I thought approach. I like Martin Schoeller's portraits of celebrities so I had a look online and found a discussion about his technique...kino flo lighting, damn, I only have Profoto strobes...I decided to look at the book i bought in Bangkok, Lighting People by Rossella Vanon. It's one of two great books on technique that I have, the other being Light Science Magic. I settled on a lighting approach, and then considered a mid length portrait. I have a postcard of a photo by Nicholas Muray of Frida Kahlo, an iconic image. I decided I would use that for inspiration.