I thought it would be fun to share a little glimpse behind the scenes of a recent editorial assignment in Washington DC. This portrait was part of a story about green building within the DC marketplace. The story took a look at some of Washington DC's most iconic monuments and buildings through the eyes of the GSA and The Capitol.
I photographed LEED Program Manager for Design Excellence Architecture + Sustainability Lance Davis at the GSA building on a hot, sunny day in September. I was forced to go it alone on this particular assignment and had to improvise a sun block on the fly. Fortunately, a large softbox can double as a shade in a pinch and even add some extra fill light if necessary.
In the image above you can see my key light is my 36 inch octabox with a grid on the left. The large softbox on the right is blocking the sun off of my subject. While I want the sun to illuminate the background, I did not want it putting harsh shadows on the side of my subjects face. This was a simple workaround in a pinch. Had an assistant been with me and we had a little more time we may have been able to throw up a large scrim instead. But since I was working alone I opted for a simple and less likely to fly away solution.
All in all, I think this was a pretty elegant solution for a situation where improvisation was needed. You can see the final shot below. I loved Lance's boots and wanted to make sure they were included in the shot. I feel that it gives a little more information about his personality. In Texas, it's common to meet businessmen who wear boots with their suits, but this is not the case in Washington DC. It seemed out of place which made it all the more interesting to me. Lance is a really nice guy and we had a good time working on these shots together.