Dragon Skull Tea Portrait

Inspiration Image

Inspiration Image

Some time ago, I shot Gypsy Tea Party, one of my more fantastical photoshoots. Rakh Gibron, the gentleman seen brewing and serving tea, actually owns and operates Dragon Skull Tea, a company that not only sells high quality tea but also custom-made laser-cut tea trays.

I wanted to revisit the concept of an elaborate portrait with a composition that emulated and paid homage to traditional Chinese portraits. What I ended up with was this. The styling, mood, and expression, it all came together rather magically and I couldn't be happier with the results.

Thank you Rakh and Jaade!

Check out the BTS Timelapse video!

And my retouching video!

Thomas Kuoh