There are so many aspects to this post that make me want to share it with you.
Let's start with Levi Sim, a talented photographer who I met several years ago, primarily through social media and a few phone calls. Since then he's become a good friend. He's spoken at a couple of conferences; is always putting together a photo walk; redefines the meaning of the word "networking" and in general is proof that hyper-active kids grow up and get jobs!
This post covers all of those topics starting with taking Profoto's new B1 out for a major test drive...actually several drives. It's an amazing piece of gear and Levi along with new and old members of his network put it to the test.
Ever have a day when everything goes well and you just have fun? That was Sunday during WPPI for me. It started with a text from Skip inviting me to meet him at the Profoto booth on the trade show floor where everyone was working hard to get their booths setup for the next day's show. Amidst all the fork lifts and crates and workmen, Skip introduced me to Mark (President of Profoto US) and Cliff who handed me a backpack, gave me some simple instructions for use and sent me out to the desert.
The backpack carried two B1 off camera flashes, remote triggers, a monopod, and I grabbed a beauty dish on the way out of the booth. I had to hurry because there was a herd of photographers, models, and a hundred thousand dollar car waiting for me. My plan was to make some great pictures of a Tesla Model S and use the B1's to help light it, maybe bring some stunning models into the frame, and have a great time shooting with friends. It went well, and the B1 made it so easy to shoot that I ended up with more than I bargained for.
I was shooting with several photographers, including Tyler and Rachael Austin, who were also running around capturing great images before the daylight failed, like this one:
Marty and Cindy Quinn, Jewels and Jeff Gray, and Beverlee Barthel were all out shooting with me, and we'd made several different setups, and we moved pretty quickly. We'd photographed the car, we'd photographed Rachael (in an incredible dress from Lindsey Adler's new collection from Dream Shoot Rentals), and we still had plenty of battery power, so I photographed Marty and Cindy, too.
BayPhoto had asked me and three other photographers from the Photographers Adventure Club to shoot during the party, that they'd then share with attendees. Well, Nick Pappagallos Jr., Cusi Taylor, and Scott Alack are much better event photographers than I am (see those party pictures here), so after a few minutes of event images, I ran back to my room, grabbed the B1 backpack, the beauty dish and a small light stand, and I boogied back to the party where I set up a portrait booth in one corner. This was really only possible because the B1 doesn't have any cords and it's so well balanced that even the lightweight stand worked fine.
I've got an ongoing project making portraits in the style of the portrait Albert Watson made for Steve Jobs. In fact, it's the mainstay of my photography business, and I love doing it. During the party I photographed 80 people and there was a line around the room! Here are a few of the portraits we made:
Well, we had a nice dinner, and it was late, and I was heading across the street toward my hotel when I found myself walking next to three slightly unruly Irishmen. They had converged on Vegas from Ireland and Australia for a stag party and were just walking back to grab something from their room before getting back to the club. Well, we talked on the way, and they, too, agreed to make a portrait with me. So I set up right there on the porch next to the Valet and made portraits for Jason, Gibbons (the engaged one), and Gary.
"The craic was ninety" and it's all thanks to my fellow photographers plus Skip, Profoto, and Tesla Motors Las Vegas. Follow this link to see all the portraits I made during WPPI.