Inspired by William Coupon

On the surface, William Coupon’s style seems deceptively simple—a single large, warm light with a handmade backdrop. But the results he gets are rich and complex, and he is masterful at capturing character. I really, REALLY love this portrait of Neil Young. And he has photographed many of our presidents in the last couple of decades, including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton. And check out this old portrait of Donald Trump! (Seems a bit . . . ironic.) What an amazing portfolio!

I tried on his style by making my own backdrop and using a single large light (love my Westcott 50 softbox). Honestly, I’d love to do an entire series of portraits in this style.