Towards the tail end of 2012 and the very beginning of 2013 we took on an editorial project for AARP The Magazine, putting in a ton of miles, traveling all over the country, meeting some really interesting people, and of course making photos. The focus of our shoot? Inspiring individuals who have “re-careered,” shifting their focus in their work to find their passions and pursue their dreams. As we learned from all of the subjects we met – it’s never too late to change course and follow that path.
From ski instructors to famous horse-racing jockeys, authors to community relations directors – we met and photographed a handful of individuals with unique and interesting stories of switching focus and re-careering later in life. Keep reading for more portraits and behind the scenes photos from our adventure…
We spent a lot of late nights and early mornings in airports, making our way out to all of our different re-careering subjects.
One of those subjects was Diane Crump, the first professional female jockey to compete in the United States. After hundreds of races including the Kentucky Derby, Crump changed careers slightly, shifting her passion for horses and the sport of horse-racing to equine sales.
We spent the day with Diane and some of her horses in Virginia, learning about her career and what it took to be a pioneering woman in a sport that had always been dominated by men.
While in the Virginia area, we also photographed the Washington DC authors Amy Reingold and Maz Rauber – you might remember them from the video feature we shot and blogged about a few weeks back.
We hopped on a plane and took a quick trip down to South Carolina to meet Herb Johnson, the Director of Community Relations for Michelin (his photo at the top of the post). Spending the day with Herb took us to the Michelin proving grounds where we made some photographs and maybe even got to take a loop around the test track in the corvette we shot him with.
And of course with all of the tires we had on-hand for the shoot, Chris had to find out how far he could roll one. On a straight and level test track… that tire rolled pretty far.
All fun and games and tire rolling aside, someone had to stand in for some very serious portraits. How could I not get a photo of myself with the Michelin man?
Superstar assistant David Ohl joined the project for our trip up to Massachusetts to photograph ski instruction Don Harnois (photo also at the top of the post) – and of course as the rule for assisting on our shoots, you have to be willing to have a ridiculous test shot of yourself.
Spread out over a few weeks in December and January, it was definitely a wild ride. We made a handful of great photos, but having the chance to meet these subjects and hear their stories of where they are now and the journey they took to get there made up for all of the early mornings in airports and late nights spent on the road.