This image is part of a personal series of photographs I took several years ago called “The Lost Bird and the Woodland Princess.” I’ve played around with the edits off and on and I think I’ve finally settled on a style. At first they were really dark and moody, but I’ve lightened them up and I think I like them much better. I’ve ordered a 12×12″ metal panel of this one and one other one from the series and I can’t wait for them to be delivered!
I was approached by our local recreation center to help create a visual display of the management staff and the fitness trainers. I had planned to photograph everyone outdoors using natural light, but the weather didn’t cooperate…on the morning of the shoot it was raining!
Camera equipment and clients don’t mix well with rain, so Plan B was executed. My assistant and I grabbed a speedlight and a small shoot through umbrella, set up in the cardio room, and went to work photographing the staff and trainers.
By shooting indoors in the cardio room we were able to capture the ambience of the gym with the equipment in the background and give the images a warmer, friendlier feel.
The director wanted bios with each photo, so I designed an 11×17 poster for each team member that was inserted into a contemporary, acrylic hanging display system. It looks fantastic! It lets the gym members know who the staff is and which trainer meets their fitness needs.
What I learned from this experience…always have a Plan B. It just might be a better plan than the original one!