Orchestrating a photo of 29 family members can be quite a task. That’s when Daniela and I make a good team, as I focus on lighting and composition, while Daniela makes sure everybody is posed properly to look their best. With a group this big, it’s easy to get lost in the back if nobody’s looking out for you! Having an assistant with good attention to detail is extremely important for a photographer, and I’m lucky to have Daniela.
Being a photographer means not just knowing how to set up your camera or your lights, but knowing how to capture the feeling of a person. I get to do it all the time with kids and couples, but it is not as often that I have the opportunity to photograph more “experienced” adults. Photographing 84-year-old Ben was a true pleasure, one of those times when I felt fortunate to be in my position: behind the camera, creating a memory of Ben at that slice of time that his family will charish now and into the future.
One of the great joys- and challenges- of being a photographer is the need to constantly produce fresh material. When I’m out on the water shooting a regatta, the changing weather conditions and sometimes unpredictable actions of the racers help keep things interesting for me. Still, I often feel the need to mix it up myself. At F18 North Americans this year, I spent some time and a lot of effort producing some interesting shots with my underwater housing and a fisheye lens. Here’s one of the products. Don’t try this at home…
The New York Architects’ Regatta involves not only a great event on the water, but a networking/teambuilding cocktail party the night before. As part of my contract with the event, I shot the participants in their businesswear on one day, and their foul weather gear the next. The life of a photographer is never boring!