One thing I’ve found a bit stressful this summer is doing lighted portraits on the fly. Whereas commercial and fashion photographers often have days to plan out shoots, often I’ll get an assignment where I have to photograph someone in an hour in a location I’m not familiar with. It’s just part of the job and while it can be stressful, it can also be extremely satisfying when you come back with a good shot. (I recommend checking out Alex Garcia’s post about photographing Zac Efron for the Chicago Tribune in 5 minutes.) Such was the case for me today. I had about 30 minutes to make a portrait of Barry Evans, the CEO of Smooth-Stone Inc. As I was walked into the building, I started scoping out areas that might make for a good backdrop. Here’s what I came up with:
My main assignment today was to photograph Aaron Peirsol, a five-time Olympic gold medalist, as he practiced at the University of Texas with the men’s swim team. Piersol is training for the upcoming U.S. Nationals and Pan Pacific Championships.
Baby, baby, baby, do you like it? Okay, he didn’t actually sing “Misty Mountain Hop” while I was there, but I always wanted to say that. Monday evening former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant performed with the Band of Joy at Stubb’s in Austin. I was allowed to photograph the first three songs from the soundboard area, which was roughly 80 feet from the stage. My photos weren’t as good as they could have been had I been allowed to photograph from the pit area in front of the stage. But as a Zeppelin fan, it was very cool to see Plant perform in person.