Seriously silly: Brinson+Banks on photographing the stars of “Ghostbusters” for The New York Times

“We’ve been on an accidental personal comedy tour, photographing lots of comedians the past half year, from Conan O’Brien to Chelsea Handler, Key & Peele, and Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, and we’ve loved it,” note Brinson+Banks. “So naturally, we were super excited when the New York Times asked us to photograph Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon, who star in the Ghostbusters reboot.

The photo duo captured a couple of serious portraits of the stars, and then director Paul Feig walked into their mobile studio at the Hollywood Roosevelt. “Each woman lit up, and that’s when the fun really started,” say Brinson+Banks. “It was hilarious watching them play off of each other, especially when Kristen Wiig licked Kate McKinnon—that certainly wasn’t from our directing. We’re looking forward to seeing this amazingly talented funny group on the big screen.”

The backdrop, by the way, is by Brinson+Banks’ friends at Happenings Co., who also made the one-of-a-kind backdrop for the duo’s Key & Peele shoot using zip ties. “This backdrop was made of painted bubble wrap, believe it or not,” Brinson+Banks explain, “but they jokingly prefer we call it ‘dragon skin.’”

 

Actresses Kristen Wiig (from top left, clockwise), Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon star in the remake of "Ghostbusters." They pose for a portrait at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California June 7, 2016.  Photo by Brinson+Banks

Things started out on a serious note. Clockwise from top left: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon, stars of the remake of “Ghostbusters.” Photo by Brinson+Banks.

Kristen Wiig (from top left, clockwise), Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon star in the remake of "Ghostbusters". They pose for a portrait at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California June 7, 2016.  Photo by Brinson+Banks

The vibe took a turn for the silly once director Paul Feig entered the room. Photo by Brinson+Banks.

Actresses Kristen Wiig (from top left, clockwise), Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon star in the remake of "Ghostbusters." They pose for a portrait at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California June 7, 2016.  Photo by Brinson+Banks

Photo by Brinson+Banks.

Actresses Kristen Wiig (from top left, clockwise), Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon star in the remake of "Ghostbusters." They pose for a portrait at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California June 7, 2016.  Photo by Brinson+Banks

Photo by Brinson+Banks.

Actresses Kristen Wiig (from top left, clockwise), Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon star in the remake of "Ghostbusters." They pose for a portrait at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California June 7, 2016.  Photo by Brinson+Banks

And then Wiig took a licking to McKinnon, resulting in the portrait that the Times published. Photo by Brinson+Banks.

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