Recently, I received an email from the Digital Photo Editor at RollingStone.com, they needed a portrait on a quick deadline of an author living in Minneapolis. Kate Harding's book was hitting book stores the following week, and they wanted a portrait of her to go along with their interview with Kate. As we emailed, it seemed like a straight forward shoot, with the editor looking for just 2-3 natural light options shot near the author's home at the edge of down town Minneapolis.
As we emailed and began to schedule the shoot, it turned out the timeline was going to be even quicker than we first anticipated, as Kate was leaving town the next afternoon. I arranged with to spend one hour the next morning with Kate between a phone interview and packing. I arrived about 30 minutes early to scout some locations around her building. Meeting Kate at her condo, we took about an hour to walk to the 3-4 locations I'd identified while scouting. I wanted to get a variety of high-key and low-key images, with more natural and more urban environments. I timed the shoot to wrap up just at the end of the one hour we'd planned. While the one hour shoot would be tight for some projects, it felt like a causal schedule and we could chat between shots about Kate's recent move to Minneapolis from Chicago.
The shoot went really smoothly, and after getting an ecstatic thank you note back from the editor after sending the images, I asked her for a quick quote to use on my website. Within five minutes I received the following wonderful quote: