One of my favorite posts to write is about all the funny stories that have happened to me during my forty year career as a advertising and corporate photographer. During that time I also shot a lot of Pro Bono photography for various organizations. I was always eager to help out if it could make people’s lives a little better by taking these photos either for ads , brochures, or magazine articles for the specific charities.
I was asked to shoot the Annual Report for the Salvation Army in Houston. As I tell my online class with the PPSOP, and in my “Stretching Your Frame of Mind” workshops I conduct around the planet.The best thing you can do for yourself is to scout ahead of time. Going to a location in advance is just the ticked in taking your photos what I always refer to as “up a notch”. I call it pre-visualization, and it’s on my “did it do it list” for good composition.
They sent me to a small building where they held a dance every Friday night. Of course it was empty and fairly devoid of any useful photo opportunities; I was sort of stumped. They wanted a photo that talked about the dance, and how so many people that didn’t have much in their lives to look forward to, came dressed up and ready to swing!
I asked the man that was escorting me around what kind of people came to the dance. Was there anyone special that came to mind. His eyes immediately lit up and said,”Of course, Josephine comes every Friday, and loves to dance.” “Great” I said, “I’ll be back at seven the day after tomorrow. Don’t tell her anything because I don’t want to alter what she wears or does in advance.”
I went a little early to try and find some way to light her with available light. I found the perfect room that had a large window that faced North. I set up and waited for Josephine. I didn’t have to wait long and my contact brought her in the room. I immediately fell in love…how could you not? It was the way she dressed every Friday and it could not have been more perfect.
We started talking and I realized she was hesitant to be photographed. We made a deal!!! If I could photograph her, I would stick around and dance with her.
So we danced, and danced, and danced…the night away. I had a great time.
Btw, what a kisser!!!!!!!!!!!!
Visit my website at: www.joebaraban.com, and check out my 2014 workshop schedule. I have a few places left at The Maine Media Workshop starting this coming July 27th. It’s the granddaddy of them all, and a wonderful campus filled with energy and photography talk everywhere. It’s the week of the Lobster Festival in Rockland just down the road and the State Fair in Bangor. A great week to forget everything and immerse yourself in photography. I also have three places left for my coordinated trip with Epic Photo Tours in Myanmar next February. a fabulous country rich in photo opportunities. Come shoot with me.
Don’t forget to send me a photo and question to: AskjoeB@gmail.com. I’ll send you a video critique.