John Calpin is a Los Angeles based portrait photographer who spent his formative years in Virginia. He comes from a large family where his creativity was nurtured at an early age. As a teen, he enjoyed a steady diet of monster movies and making latex rubber masks in his parent’s garage. This passion for rubber monsters led him to move out to Southern California at 21 to work in the motion picture industry. He has had the good fortune to have created prosthetic appliances for Academy Award Winning Makeup Effects Legends Rick Baker and Stan Winston during the golden age of Practical Special FX. Working with these artists who pushed the boundaries of art beyond their limits, John now finds himself compelled to use his camera to achieve the same. His current influences are photographers Yousuf Karsh, Stephan Vanfleteren, and Lee Jeffries because of the evocative way they bring out emotion in each one of their subjects. Whether he is capturing someone’s inner soul through his unique chiaroscuro lighting or photographing a product, the end result is always satisfying.