Catching up with Newt and Arkadi

Having arrived in Washington, DC on June August (thanks Char) of 2005, it was hard to imagine that I'd ever be photographing Newt Gingrich. His rise and fall had wrapped up neatly over a decade ago and pulling off a second act in politics seemed unlikely. So count me surprised when I got a call one afternoon in the middle of March to photograph him at his office in DC where he has been making waves with his healthcare consulting company.

It seems almost redundant to bring up the tight time schedule he allowed us for shooting (first shot: 11:10:12AM, last shot: 11:16:09AM), but there it is. I decided to bring out the whole arsenal of lights, creating four different setups in the conference room I was given, and sketching out a cheat sheet of exposures and lens choices for each look to minimize down time.

newt gingrich

In the end, it was a good, focusing experience with lots of time to prep for the shoot and I came away with a couple images that may show up in a portfolio soon.

newt gingrich
newt gingrich
arkadi kuhlman

ING Direct CEO Arkadi Kuhlman was a total blast to photograph and once the strobes started popping, it was all I could do to keep up with him. Here are a few more I liked, treading the line between my edit and out takes.

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arkadi kuhlman ing ceo
arkadi kuhlman