The quietness of this space recently has been due to some wonderful travel (Paris, Chicago, Portland over the past few months) and an interesting, diverse collection of shoots that have come my way.
Given the relative quiet of this coming week, I thought I'd share some recent tearsheets starting with this shoot I did for Forbes of the incoming CEO and outgoing Chairman of Marriott - Arne Sorenson and Bill Marriott respectively. For Marriott, the company, this is the first time a non-family member has been chosen to run the hotel brand, making the transition a pretty big deal in the hotel industry. So, after setting up lights and waiting around a bit in the Marriott location we had chosen for the shoot, I saw my two subjects get on the escalator and begin riding up. With no time to move the lights, I snapped off a few quick shots of them before they reached the top. Due to Mr. Marriott's extremely tight schedule, we weren't able to recreate this shot with lights, but it was nice to have captured a somewhat impromptu moment before our more "official" shoot started.
As is often the case, the things you don't prepare for become the most valued parts of a shoot and the great editors at Forbes chose that hastily taken shot to lead the story. This, of course, leads to the larger question of how you create an environment favorable to allowing these sort of moments to happen and clearly there's no magic formula, but establishing a good rapport with subjects and putting them at ease can go a long way.
Here are a few more from the more planned part of the shoot.
Arne Sorenson and Bill Marriot for Forbes