This caught my eye before I turned out the lights in my hotel room last night. The feeling I get when I see something that I can't walk away from without taking a photo is like no other - it makes me feel alive, like I can't live without it, and I become saturated with inspiration and thought. If you asked me why I took this picture, the only answer I can come up with is "because I just had to". Sometimes, it's simple, little things like this that keep my creative mojo going and remind me of why I love taking pictures. Tuning into your surroundings can reveal so many beautiful thing that too often go overlooked.
Thanks to Mr. Strobist, I recently shot my first cover for a local business magazine. I was assigned to shoot former AOL exec, Mark Walsh. Mark is very active in politics and can frequently be seen on CNBC. He is also the CEO of GeniusRocket, which is a crowdsourcing media/ad company. They have a pretty unique and smart concept going on over there and it definitely seems like an exciting place to be working. They basically take their clients need (media, video, etc) and put it out there to the creative world. Creative artists can then "bid" on the job and GeniusRocket will select a handful of the best options to present to their client and then they go on from there. Pretty nifty if you ask me.
So, anyway, first big shoot for the cover of a magazine. For me, thats a big deal. Kind of a milestone in my photo career thus far. And I was nervous. And it was about 85 degrees in that office. And the lighting in there was no bueno. Luckily, I got there about 45 minutes early to be safe and set up. I set aside and hour and a half for the shoot, and good thing I did because I ended up only getting about 30 minutes to shoot Mr. Walsh (my photo teacher's prediction was right). Overall, my first experience being under pressure with a deadline turned out OK. Unfortunately, all that I was really able to get were the safe shots because there wasn't enough time to get too creative or fun. Still, it was a great learning experience and I can't wait for the next one that comes along!