People magazine recently asked Art Streiber to photograph Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and his 10-month-old daughter, Winnie, for a cover story on Fallon’s joyful experiences as a new father.
“Being a father is the most exciting, amazing thing that ever happened to me,” Fallon tells People.
But what with having to put out a show five nights a week, his life has also never been more hectic. The day of his shoot with Art, Fallon was prepping to host Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and actor Jonah Hill.
“And despite all of that pressure, Jimmy was incredibly gracious, giving, and hilarious,” says Art. “He wonderfully executed gag after gag, including getting into a children’s swing set, putting on a bumblebee costume—which belonged to John Belushi when he was on SNL—and allowing set designer Shawn Patrick Anderson to cover him with finger paint, Cheerios, and spaghetti.
“Winnie was a trooper as well,” Art continues. “When you’re photographing a 10-month-old, your call time is going to be on the early side, and she’s probably only in the mood to be photographed for about an hour, tops. But she was happily swinging next to her father and wearing a matching bumblebee costume.”
The shoot was produced by Jessica Hafford and creatively directed by Brenna Britton, People’s deputy photo editor for entertainment. Here’s a look…
design director: Andrea Dunham
director of photography: Chris Doughtery
deputy photo editor/entertainment: Brenna Britton