John Calpin is a North Carolina based commercial portrait photographer who spent his formative years in Virginia. His creativity was nurtured by a large family at an early age; as a teen his devotion to monster movies resulted in a latex mask workshop in his parent’s garage. At the age of 21, John’s passion for rubber monsters led him to Southern California, where he worked in the motion picture industry during the golden age of Practical Special FX, creating prosthetic appliances for Academy Award winning makeup effects legends Rick Baker and Stan Winston.  Inspired by artists who pushed the boundaries, John now creates photographs that occupy a unique space.  Whether creating art portraits using chiaroscuro lighting, or reinventing headshots as professional business portraits, John’s work capture’s the soul of his subject.