God Knew We Were Shooting Spring Shoes Today…

Usually this time of year, it is a bit of a challenge to shoot the spring line up of shoes on models, on location in and around the DC/Baltimore metro areas.  However, today we were blessed with temperatures close to 70 – providing perfect day to shoot in downtown Annapolis!  Here is a sample of some of today’s results…

 (James Berglie)

 (James Berglie)

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 (James Berglie)

Does anyone really call it Reagan National Airport?

Maybe it is just me – because I grew up in the Washington area —  but does anyone really refer to the airport just outside of Washington as Reagan National?  I guess I’m just so used to calling it “National Airport” – that trying to call it by another name seems odd.  I do the same thing with BWI – err…  Baltimore International Airport — err… I mean, the Thurgood Marshall Baltimore Washington International Airport — wow, that was a mouth-full.

Anyway – possibly in an effort to get people to start recognizing National Airport as Reagan National Airport – the airport decided to unveil a statue of Ronald Reagan in front of the old terminal recently, and I got some stock requests for updated shots of the airport given this new unveiling — so off I went.  Not surprisingly, I was approached by numerous TSA employees while I was there —  but to my surprise, all of them were happy to help me and let me go about my business.  To be honest, I was prepared for a fight — I 100% thought they were going to try to tell me not to take photos!

 

A statue of Ronald Reagan stands outside of the Ronald Reagan International Airport.  The public airport located 3 south of downtown Washington, D.C., in Arlington County, Virginia.  It is the commercial airport nearest to Washington, D.C. For many decades, it was called Washington National Airport, but this airport was renamed in 1998 to honor former President Ronald Reagan. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

A statue of Ronald Reagan stands outside of the Ronald Reagan International Airport. The public airport located 3 south of downtown Washington, D.C., in Arlington County, Virginia. It is the commercial airport nearest to Washington, D.C. For many decades, it was called Washington National Airport, but this airport was renamed in 1998 to honor former President Ronald Reagan. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

The Balancing Act

This week I had the pleasure of shooting a couple events for Aerotek, an operating company within Allegis Group, that provides professional and technical staffing services.  I’m not new to shooting corporate events, as I’ve shot a number of different events for a wide range of companies, and I’ve learned that one thing remains consistent in the corporate world.  The people at the top usually don’t like having their picture taken!  Just as in the wedding industry, “traditional” style photographers who are often “in your face” the entire time, have once again given photographers in general a bad name!  So knowing this was a concern, just as it is in the wedding world, I made sure my subjects knew that I was to try my hardest not to be seen, or heard, the entire time!

It’s a fine line you walk as the type of photographer that I am –  trying to constantly balance between being too involved and noticeable on one hand, while trying to make sure you take the right positions and get the best shots on the other hand.  That’s not something that can be taught very easily.  This is where I think my experience in poker comes in handy (in case you did not know, my wife would say I’m addicted – but sadly, it’s just a hobby).  I’m constantly reading people’s non-verbal cues to judge if I can move in, if I need to move out, if I can go ahead and fire, or if I need to hold tight for a bit.  I also draw on my experience shooting politics, corporate events, weddings, etc. to read various personalities and apply the appropriate technique to each situation.  Many photographers say that having a photographic eye is one thing that cannot be taught.  But, I think the balancing act of knowing where to be, when to be there, when to and when NOT to shoot, is one more thing that cannot be taught.  In many ways, knowing that balancing act is just as important as having a “photographic eye.”

When shooting corporate events, you always wonder what the company’s culture is like.  I tend to automatically think corporate events are more “timid” than the weddings I shoot on a regular basis.  But this could not have been further from the truth with this week’s events – the people at Aerotek were outgoing and friendly while maintaining a great deal of professionalism.  I could not have asked for a better group of people to work for and enjoyed being as “ninja like” as possible in getting my shots while being as discreet as possible.  “Traditional” photographers take note – nobody likes a photographer in their face!

 (James Berglie)

 (James Berglie)

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 (James Berglie)

Stop and smell the roses

Among others, my wife is known to give me hard time for not taking photos of “pretty things” — She is right.  I often get caught up in the people and events that I am shooting, and providing images for clients, that I often neglect to just “stop and smell the roses”.  I’m trying to make it a point to slow down with life in general –  take a look around me and start taking some “pretty pictures” — here is attempt number one.

 

 (James Berglie)

(James Berglie)

 

Fall Products Shoots

As you all know, I tend to get around a bit and I’m not one of those photographers that pigeon-hole themselves into one specific category of business and nothing more. Moreover, I really don’t understand those photographers who do in fact classify themselves as only a “wedding photographer” or only a “news photographer”, and often refuse to shoot anything but their specific category. Although I suspect this has something to do with their personal comfort level in each genre and not wanting to challenge themselves in unfamiliar situations — however I personally feel that to grow and become better, you MUST constantly challenge yourself in unfamiliar situations!

While most of my blog posts tend to be wedding and news specific, I do shoot a variety of other things as well – however I am also sometimes lackadaisical about posting other shoots for one reason or another.

Here I highlight just some of the product stuff I’ve been doing over the last few weeks, and is an idea of the type of product work I do year-round!