Whether its Data Security or Brazilian Jui-Jitsu, Jeremiah Grossman has achieved respect and success in both realms. Professional Hacker, Founder of White Hat Security, Chief of Security Strategy (Sentinel One), Black belt in Brazilian Jui-Jitsu and off-road race-car driver. Clearly this guy is a force to be reckoned with. Upon meeting Jeremiah, all I see is charm, charisma and a warm smile. Oh and nice touch on the t-shirt choice that says "My other computer, Is your computer" - a little Hacker humour.
We were able to schedule the portrait session on seriously short notice - less than 24 hrs. as he was heading back to Hawaii. I agreed to meet Jeremiah at Serao Academy in Palo Alto, California, where he was planning to work on his skills with fellow fighter and owner of the club, Leopoldo Serao. (Also a legend in his own right). Leo is five-time Brazilian Luta Livre champ. BJJ is a series of grappling and ground fighting with locks and holds driven by skill and strategy until someone taps out. Along with his wife and three children, I watched from the sidelines. See a few candid shots I took below.
I set up my backdrop in the alleyway behind the club. With my Lastolite 5x7 folding black backdrop and two Canon Speed-lite 600 EX RT flashes on stands with soft boxes, and the RT transmitter on camera, my goal was to create a dramatic image that represents his fierce side. This is by far my favourite mobile studio setup. Its easy, light and I don't need an assistant to get the job done. I set my Canon 6D to 1/160 sec@ f/6.3 with both flashes set to manual on full power. Successful I'd say.
To see what Jeremiah is up to, check out his site here - https://www.jeremiahgrossman.com/