Philadelphia Magazine: The Big Raju

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A few weeks ago the creatives over at Philadelphia Magazine called the studio with an assignment to shoot one of the hottest personalities in the city – the high profile lawyer, mover and shaker, Ajay Raju. One of the boldest thinkers our city has seen in recent history, Raju is the self described “Indian Don King” – a reference to both his big hair and big ideas. And to make the whole deal even sweeter, we were to shoot him in his multimillion dollar home in the city, lavishly adorned with artwork, furniture, and gilded details that matched his personal bravado.

When given a chance to work with a subject like this, how can you turn it down? We certainly couldn’t. How was our day with Ajay? Keep reading to find out…

chris crisman philadelphia magazine ajay raju photos

Our shoot started in Raju’s “man cave,” a room in his home complete with crystal chandelier and priceless Indian contemporary art. Shooting in such a space required us to be very, very careful with our equipment – no way we were going to bump any of that art with an octabank.

chris crisman philadelphia magazine ajay raju photos

And who better to stand in for Ajay while we were light testing? None other than fellow shooter and assistant Jared Castaldi, who also has a man cave at his home, but I can tell you it is definitely not as fancy as Ajay’s.

chris crisman philadelphia magazine ajay raju photos

The photo-shoot continued downstairs into Ajay’s downstairs parlor, adorned with more exquisite furniture and priceless artwork. With a location and talent like this, the photos practically make themselves.

Thanks again to Ajay and all of the talent folks in the art department at Philadelphia Magazine!

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