With an instantly recognizable face, Sir Patrick Stewart has been a stalwart of the stage and screen, most widely known for his turn as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and the subsequent feature films. He has also appeared as, who is now, the iconic Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men series.
When Sir Patrick arrived at the Neo Studios in Manhattan, I was a complete bag of nerves. How do you go from being a complete fanboy over somebody’s work to actually meeting and working with them? Thankfully, I managed to push my Trekkie urges to the back of my mind and shook the man’s hand.
I was well aware that there are very few pictures of him that are not in character, so in our discussion before the shoot, I told him that I wanted to try to capture who he was as a person. We took a few pictures in order to get a grasp on his best facial positions and the appropriate height for the camera. From there, Sir Patrick did the rest of the work.