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Steve Jobs’ Last Portrait Sitting | BTS with Pro Marco Grob

By Jules Ebe on July 26th 2013

Check out the Behind the Scenes making of what turned out to be the last professional portrait sitting of Steve Jobs. Professional portrait photographer Marco Grob brought his crew to the Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, California on April 2010. The portraits from this sitting were used on two TIME magazine covers and interior pages.

BTS | Steve Jobs for Time

The whole session took only 3 minutes and 18 seconds. The first cover was the second frame – taken 45 seconds after Steve entered the room.


Time is money for these types of shoots, and the more preparation goes into the sitting, the quicker and more efficient the process will be. As you can see in the video, there are two separate set-ups in order to move between different looks instead of breaking up the flow to put a new background seamless up.

[Rewind: Check out the Art of the Business Headshot for More Headshot Education]

Marco Grob imparts a bit of wisdom in this short interview about photography and portraiture.

Interview with Marco Grob

Check out Marco GrobĀ“s website:

Until Next Time . . .

Stay Inspired ~ Jules

Video and Image Credit: Marco Grob & Maine Media Workshops + College

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is a Southern California based Conceptual Artist and Photographer. Her work has been featured in several print publications and selections can be seen in local gallery exhibitions. Connect with her on Facebook and Google+.


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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Thanks for posting .

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  2. Daren

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  3. Janet

    Mr. Jobs was very gaunt at this stage of his life. The photographer shot him (at least in the photo shown on the cover of the magazine) dead-on from the front, thus making Mr. Jobs’ face appear fuller than it was. The lighting, or lack thereof in the background, coupled with the dark color of the background, added to making Mr. Jobs’ face appear fuller. Excellent work by the photographer. His keen eye resulted in an extremely flattering portrait of the subject.

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  4. Kathy

    Incredibly inspiring…with such profound wisdom not only about photography but about life in general. Thank you for sharing!

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  5. PB

    @mike … love your profile picture !

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  6. mike

    for all that work i am a little disappointed in not seeing a light separating the subject from the background…. me not like the shirt and hair blending into black….

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  7. Joe Fotosiamo

    Even without seeing the BTS video, I had a feeling that this was shot w/ a medium format. Looks like I was right – Hasselblad camera. Love the image, the lighting, and just the look of it. Very well executed.

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    • Jules Ebe

      I have yet to come across a portrait by Marco Grob that I was not in love with.

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  8. Chip Kalback

    This is incredible to see, thanks for posting this

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