Stephen Colbert's GQ Cover Shoot: Behind the Scenes


Two months ago, I got the amazing opportunity to go on set of one of Mark Seliger's shoots and shoot stills. It was such an exciting day and I still can't believe it happened!

Stephen Colbert was the nicest, most photogenic, intelligent man. At one point when we were alone in the small dressing room, he reached out his hand and introduced himself. "Hi! I'm...ummmm....Sophia!" I muttered, wide-eyed and in shock. He acknowledged the little girl crouching in the corner with a camera!

As you can probably tell, the theme of the GQ cover shoot was Banksy. Colbert played the character, holding spray paint cans and wearing a Ralph Lauren suit splattered in paint. The necktie and pocket square were freshly spray painted by graffiti artist Stash. There were a couple of different backdrops: a white wall with the painted GQ logo for the cover shot, and some murals with Stephen Colbert icons. He played along with the paint theme really well, spraying his mouth with food coloring, and splattering paint all over his clothes. The whole studio was covered in a ridiculous amount of drop cloths and everyone was laughing.


Needless to say, this day was one of the biggest highlights of my internship with Mark Seliger, who ended up really enjoying these moments I captured. Check out GQ's page for the final photographs. Thank you Mark, Coco, and GQ team for allowing me to come on set and be a part of this.