My Portrait of Trans-Siberian Orchestra Founder Paul O’Neill

I recently had the opportunity to shoot a portrait of the amazing and interesting Paul O’Neill, who founded the extremely profitable and unique Trans-Siberian Orchestra. This particular shot was taken with a strobe that lit his face using a 7″ reflector with a 30 degree grid installed. I used a beauty dish with a grid installed pulled back to create that spotlight on the wall and add a little fill to the image. Now, that background is pretty cool. I wish I could take responsibility for it, but it was merely a wall they used to paint piano parts against, leaving those interesting shapes. I thought it would be great to shoot in front of.

Paul was a really cool guy. The kind of person I wish I would have had the chance to talk to for awhile to hear his great stories from his times managing and producing Aerosmith, Humble Pie, AC/DC, Joan Jett, and Scorpions. At the conclusion of our shoot, he gave me an 1883 silver dollar to say thank you. A pretty awesome gift indeed.

“Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) is an American progressive metal band founded in 1993 by producer, composer, and lyricist Paul O’Neill, who brought together Jon Oliva and Al Pitrelli (both members ofSavatage) and keyboardist and co-producer Robert Kinkel to form the core of the creative team. Since then, TSO sold more than 7 million concert tickets and over 7 million albums. The band’s musical style incorporates classical, orchestral, symphonic, and progressive elements into hard rock and heavy metal. The band has released a series of rock operas: Christmas Eve and Other Stories, The Christmas Attic, Beethoven’s Last Night, The Lost Christmas Eve (the final installment of their Christmas trilogy), and their two-disc Night Castle. Trans-Siberian Orchestra is also known for their extensive charity work and elaborate concerts, which include an orchestra, a light show, lasers, pyrotechnics, moving trusses, video screens, and effects synchronized to music.” – Wikipedia

2 thoughts on “My Portrait of Trans-Siberian Orchestra Founder Paul O’Neill”

  1. Why can’t I ever find backgrounds like that. Nice touch with the coin, but I’m curious. Have you checked it with a magnet? I know a guy who bought some of those coins on the street and they were all fake. Cavet emptor.

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