Anything But Bored Photography

I’ve said it before…I like my full-time job. I really do. And as much as I think it would be cool that I could get full-time paid for photography, I do like what I do 9-5 (or thereabouts) each day. I work for a very well-respected health care company, I manage its website, day-to-day, from both a creative and technical standpoint, and I also get to work on other equity pieces such as the company annual report.

Today, was board meeting day and all day today, I was on-hand to oversee the portraiture of the board members. My subject line says “Anything But Bored Photography” and the spelling mistake was intentional. It was Board photography, but it was anything but boring.

As photographers, I’m sure we all want to be the next Joe McNally, or Steve McCurry or Jay Maisel. Or the next John Madere. All have such fantastic bodies of work, but you know what? Sometimes it’s not all about traveling the world and getting that next shot to land in Nat Geo or whatever publication. Sometimes…and I bet more often than not for them….it’s about being challenged with a situation. Today’s situation was “You have 6 hours to shoot 10 board of director members in a small room. And oh by the way, we need two set ups – a formal portrait and an informal, conversational one. Now get to it.”

That was the challenge that faced John Madere today.

And he not only rose to the challenge like the pro that he is, he and his team knocked it out of the box.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to do my own shoot of how he did the set up for both shots (just think..three assistants, a couple of soft boxes, blacking out windows, one Canon camera, no tripods, one seamless, and six images of photographed artwork to present different backgrounds. You get the idea…). I did, however, learn alot about how to make this tough situation work, how to light it, and how to make it seem effortless. It takes good scouting, good planning, and yes, a little bit of luck.

Above all, it also takes a good team.

Daniel, Hillary, John and Michael

The team that made it happen today. And I was happy to learn from them. And they were cool enough to allow me to pull out the 20D and let me shoot some team photos of them before they broke the seamless down.

Thanks everyone! You made a tough location easy and helped me out in my job today.

© Mark V. Krajnak 2008 | JerseyStyle Photography | All rights Reserved
Unless otherwise noted, images captured with a Canon 20D, SanDisk digital film, finished with PS2 and Nik Software

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