As an active editorial photographer I have the privilege and honour of working with and meeting some fantastic and fascinating people. Recently I did two portrait sessions with some of Audi Canada’s executives. Brad Beckett, Director of Sales, photographed at Real Sports Bar and Grill and Mike Briscoe, Director of Marketing and Product Management photographed at Hotel Le Germain at the Maple Leaf Square. The interview and candid photography are part of the “Why Here?” section of the quarterly Audi Magazine. It’s a place that the interviewee chooses as one of their favourite spots or places they enjoy, and it’s the first question of the interview. The objective for the imagery is to capture the interviewee in a candid, natural fashion and not staged or posed.
In order to capture both Brad and Mike in a natural pose I photographed both of these sessions during the interview. I also chose not to use any artificial lights such as flashes or strobes instead I opted to use the ambient and available lighting. This allowed me to do two things. One, I was able to freely walk around the subject and photograph from multiple angles and positions and two, I didn’t interrupt the interview which allowed for the natural expressions to shine.
On top of the portrait photographs, the story calls for some atmosphere shots of the location that the interview takes place in. I also chose to shoot both the Real Sports Bar and Grill and Hotel Le Garmain with available lighting. As both of these locations had such wonderful atmospheres.
Here is the interview with Brad Beckett (4/2010): view PDF
Here is the interview with Mike Briscoe (1/2011): view PDF