After forty-five years of shooting editorial, corporate, and advertising photography, one acquires stories and anecdotes along the way. Some funny, some not so funny, and some you wish didn’t happen quite the way it did. That said, I always told my four kids (the youngest being twenty-seven) that bad decisions usually make the best stories.
However, one of the funnier moments happened years ago while shooting an annual report for an agricultural company. We had gone to a farm to take a portrait of the owner, reported to be one of the largest landowners in the county. After meeting him, you could have knocked me over with a feather when we were told that he held an MBA from the University of Wisconsin.
He was a very slow talking quiet man who was not accustomed to having his picture taken. He was shy and had to be talked into it. I told him that I wanted to shoot him out in one of his fields, and he said that was fine, but he didn’t want to be photographed by himself.
He took us out to a field, dropped us off and said he would be back in fifteen minutes with his girls. I though he wanted to have his picture taken with his wife and daughters. Since the light was bad and the skies were gray, I figured the more the merrier, and what difference could it make…especially if that was the only way he would have his picture taken.
After nearly thirty minutes, he should up with his girls…two of them. He said that they were his favorites and they followed him everywhere he went on his farm. I could hardly show my excitement, and as I tell my online students with the BPSOP, and also my “Stretching Your Frame of Mind” workshops I conduct around the planet, the one thing that can replace good light is humor.
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