Through photography, I have been very fortunate to meet and photograph some very special people. A few weeks ago I was able to cross one of the top-tens off my list… a photoshoot of 41 frames, six months in the making, and more than a few years planning in my mind. That’s all I can say about that shoot for now, but I promise we’ll write a post about the entire experience when we can share more next week.
For now though, I thought I should share my current top ten list, the 10 people that I would bend over backwards to photograph. So, if any of you know anyone on this list and want to make an introduction, I can promise a framed print, and a few cases of beer for your help.
Ten People I dream of photographing
1. President Barack Obama
2. Jack White
3. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with former President Bill Clinton – photographed together
4. Sir Anthony Hopkins
5. Will Farrell
6. Steve Buscemi
7. The Black Keys
8. William Eggleston
9. Bill Cosby
Almost made the cut -You could call these the top 26…
11. Michael Jordan
12. James Murphy
13. Christopher Walken
14. William Wegman
15. Laird Hamilton
16. Derrick Rose
17. Lebron James
18. Kevin Spacey
19. Lady Gaga
20. Chuck Close
21. Angelina Jolie
22. Javier Bardem
23. Mike Tyson
24. Tom Brokaw
25. Meryl Streep
26. Coen Brothers
So that being said, who do you want to photograph? Who would be on your photography “bucket list”?
Somehow, I managed to miss the month of February this year. As the end of January rolled around, Chris and our team decided that we were going to head down to Florida for six days to shoot a new body of work for his portfolio. Part of my job was to head down early and run logistics for the shoot – transporting a lot of our gear from Philly, rounding up rental gear in Florida, stocking our rental house with food and (necessary) beverages. I packed for eight days.
Everywhere we travel, I try and find time to make photographs. We spent a good portion of the winter this year down in Florida and the southeast, working on personal and commercial projects, creating a new body of work, and shooting some editorial assignments. I also made time to shoot a few landscape photographs, like the image above, of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Keep reading to see a few behind the scenes shots and another landscape from this winter in Florida.
It’s been quite a year. But before I get started, let me introduce myself – I’m Robert, Chris’s studio manager and full time first assistant. I worked my first freelance assisting gig for Chris exactly one year ago today, it just seems fitting to think back and say a few words.
We’re featured in this month’s Advanced Photoshop Magazine. Based out of the UK, Advanced Photoshop Magazine is aimed to professional and enthusiast Photoshop users, and has featured a really talented group of creatives including Mike Campau, McFaul Studio, and I Love Dust. If you can get your hands on a copy in the states, you’ve got to check it out.
According to the magazine, issue 84 won’t hit stores in the US until July but for now check out the other pages of the article below:
Captain Ivan Castro, photographed above against a retired Army helicopter from the Vietnam War, was severely wounded during deployment in Iraq in 2006. On a mission he volunteered for to help relieve fellow soldiers, he was struck by a mortar round, sending shrapnel through his entire body – breaking an arm, damaging his shoulder, fracturing bones, collapsing both lungs, and completely damaging the sight in both his eyes. Despite being rushed to the National Naval Medical Center, doctors questioned whether he would survive.
In the fall of last year, we had the opportunity to photograph Ivan for Runner’s World Magazine. During the shoot we learned his story and had the unique opportunity to spend the day with a real American hero. Please Read More to find out the rest of Ivan’s story and what brought us to Fort Bragg North Carolina.