Art Streiber photographs NBA star James Harden of the Houston Rockets for the cover of Texas Monthly

“The beard is AMAZING! And it’s INSURED!” says Art Streiber of Houston Rockets point guard James Harden, whom he photographed for the cover of Texas Monthly‘s Apri issue. “And the beard is attached to a guy who is averaging 29.2 points per game, 8.1 rebounds per game, and 11.2 assists per game. LOVE the decimal points! All kinds of thanks to Nathan Lindstrom, Travis Schiebel, and Elaine Browne for making our 15 minutes with the Great Bearded One possible. And big, Texan thank yous to photo editor Leslie Baldwin and creative director T.J. Tucker for giving me the opportunity to shoot for a magazine that I have long admired.”

 

James Harden. Photo by Art Streiber for Texas Monthly, April 2017 issue.

Photo by Art Streiber for Texas Monthly.

 

Photo by Art Streiber for Texas Monthly.

Photo by Art Streiber for Texas Monthly.

Photo by Art Streiber for Texas Monthly.

 

When your shooting space is the entrance to the loading dock at the Toyota center in Houston…you turn it into a mini photo studio to photograph James Harden for the newest cover story for @texasmonthly magazine. Our ace crew took a 9’ white seamless and taped it vertically to the wall and then rolled it out on the floor, turning a 9’ seamless into a 16’ wide cove. To the left, image reference. To the right, people on their cel phones. At center, a basketball on a traffic cone and a photographer on an apple box because our subject is 6’5”. Thank you @nathanlindstrom, @howdytrav and @luvlouella for making our 15 minutes with Mr. Harden possible. @elinchrom_ltd @chimeralighting #jamesharden @jharden13 @texasmonthly @houstonrockets @hasselblad_official @profotoglobal

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A reverse angle on our shooting space at the entrance to the loading dock at the Toyota Center in Houston which became a mini photo studio where we photographed James Harden for the latest cover story for @texasmonthly magazine. Our ace crew took a 9’ white seamless and taped it vertically to the wall and then rolled it out on the floor, turning a 9’ seamless into a 16’ wide cove. After the close up portraiture and profiles we flew out the octobank and the gridded strip and went with a 7” reflector, solo. Keeping the Profoto 8A packs under 6.5 allows you to motor drive through about 14 frames while you’re tethered…so we went loose and let the MVP do his thing. And who’s that kid shooting over my shoulder? I have NO idea. None. Thank you @nathanlindstrom, @howdytrav and @luvlouella for making our 15 minutes with Mr. Harden possible. @elinchrom_ltd @chimeralighting #jamesharden @jharden13 @texasmonthly @houstonrockets @hasselblad_official @profotoglobal

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