This was a first for me. A local JP resident Ture Turnbull reached out to me through my website! The handy submission form (which you can all find here *hint hint*.) Ture is running for State Representative here in MA and asked me if I would be willing to shoot some promotional photos for him and his campaign. I have to say, I was actually really nervous to accept this commission, because while I'm proud of the work that I do, I never really thought someone would want to use them for promotional work, let alone to help them get elected into government!
I met up with Ture to explain how I do not really see myself as a "professional", in the sense of I do not want to take photos as a job. I enjoy doing this as a hobby and if I start equating that with work, I think I will lose some of the fun and passion I have for this. He understood completely and said he would rather work with a passionate artist than a "professional". He mentioned that he really enjoyed my use of color in my portraits and how I seem to get "genuine" expressions out of my friends which I took as a big compliment. So I agreed to work with him and do some promo photos.
Two weeks later, I was doing some portraits of him and some group shots of his friends and potential constituents that he could use for his website and promotional material. We took these in his apartment. I go by the rule of "take 1,000 photos in the hopes that at least 10 of them would look good". I played with some of my stand lights and my soft box remote flash. I wish my focus was a little better on some of these, but I am pretty pleased with how these turned out, considering how quickly the whole shoot came together. I really wish Ture the best in his campaign and his hope to bring real positive change to Boston.