First Publication Spring 2013: Steve Jobs with wife Laurene…

It’s always nice seeing one of my existing stock photographs published well, especially one I like a lot yet have never allowed publication of due to various considerations. I felt this particular magazine article on “love” a perfect reason to allow first-publication of the photograph of Steve Jobs, made with wife Laurene moments after the release of the groovy psychedelic-colorful iMacs, a product which went on to become the world’s best selling computer, at that time. This intimate head-bump, witnessed on other occasions, was apparently the couple’s subtle way of displaying public affection.

This digital clip is the first publication of this image as it was recently published in the Spring 2013 edition of “Amica Magazine,” a fashion magazine in Milan, Italy, who used the image as the lead-photograph for a feature story on Laurene and Steve called “Storia di un amore.” Translation: “Story of a love.” This love story struck me as the ideal editorial angle for officially releasing this image, since the image reveals the softer side of a remarkable man not known for having an overly sweet personality.

Steve Jobs gets an affectionate, congratulatory head-bump from wife Laurene after the initial release of the multi-colored iMacs…

Please check out the fairly extensive story behind the making of this photo I blogged about for my friend Ron Martinsen, owner of, detailing how this interesting shoot went down. It was both a technical challenge to light this large auditorium fully as well as a professional-challenge when plans changed at the last minute… Rather than re-writing the story, please read the back story on Ron’s blog about the making of this unique photograph….

I was on assignment directly for Steve Jobs the day this exciting new psychedelic colored iMac product release occurred, a product which actually ended up the computer which precipitated the turn of Apple’s fortunes from a point where the stock was down to $18/share to today’s ranking as one of the wealthiest companies in the world.

Rather than re-writing the story here, please check out the story of the making of this photograph on Ron’s blog, where Steve encouraged me to fully light Flint Center, a large auditorium near Apple, which I accomplished with 12 large studio strobes so the entire venue was lit beautifully – despite the fact we knew Steve hated strobes… Read the article to learn the rest of the story

Equipment used:

• Nikon F5 film camera with Fujichrome 100 transparency film (anyone want to buy a great film camera?)
Nikon 300mm f/2.8G AF-S ED VR II Nikkor Super Telephoto Prime Lens
2 Pocket Wizard Plus III Transceiver – 801-130 + Accessory Kit
Dynalite MK16-1222 Kit with MP1600 1600W/s RoadMax Power Pack, Two MH2050 RoadMax Flash Heads, Compact 40″ Umbrella and Light Stand
Manfrotto 035RL Super Clamp with 2908 Standard Stud – Replaces 2900 – Black