Sometimes, the job is simple. Just go out and make a picture. The key phrase there is “make a picture”. Anyone can press a button and take a picture, but it’s making a picture happen that makes this job worth getting up in the mornings for.
And believe me, I got up early for this one. For a wedding, I’m often showing up 11AM, 1PM, nice and easy. When you’re meeting the techs who go out for one of Manhattan’s leading pest control companies, you get there when they do: 7AM. In the pouring rain. One thing’s for certain, we’re not taking any outdoor photos today.
In this case, I’m taking staff photos for a relaunch of a corporate website, including new domain names and all. Now there’s one thing M&M Environmental is known for, and it’s eradicating bedbugs. (Don’t worry, I promise no images of bugs on my blog. Honest.) And the star of M&M’s team is Champ. Say hello to Champ…
Champ has no concept of personal space.
That might be because Champ is a year and a half old Beagle/Pointer mix, and he’s got more certifications and degrees than you can shake a stick at, if that’s your idea of a good time. Champ’s idea of a good time is sniffing whatever he can, and when he smells bedbugs, up comes his right forepaw. I got to watch Champ training, and he is goooood at what he does. Champ’s best buddy and partner is Danny, and that dog loves loves loves Danny.
One of the things I had to show was that M&M has complete testing as part of their service, but there wasn’t a lot of equipment around that day towards that. They did have kind of telescope/magnifying glass thing around, but it wasn’t the most impressive thing you’ve ever seen. We used just the top half, and implied the rest.
Finally, I had to get a portrait of Tim, the technical director for the firm. One thing about executives– they don’t generally give you much time. And I didn’t ask much of Tim’s time. I led him up to one the meeting spaces, set up one small soft box. Tim made it easy, he just exudes confidence and comfort with what he’s all about, and it took literally 3 frames to get his portrait done. Two verticals which fit newsletters and blog postings well, and then this one, which is the type of thing you can use for a main shot for a feature article on a business profile.