My 1st Commercial Gig…

OK. In keeping my New Years Resolution of a post a week AND not only pertaining to Photography. I give you this combination of storytime, techtime and phototime…

I guess it would be considered commercial. Here’s the backstory, *Storytime Alert* I covered an event for Temple University Alumni Club of NYC (scroll down to past events to see the images) last year when the Yanks Slapped the Phillies in the WS. My buddy Frank ‘The Banterer” Gallo went to TU and got me the gig. The images I took made it to the Temple Alumni Website and all was cool. Subsequently, they contacted me for another event which I covered and struck up a conversation with a dude who was checking out my new Nikon D700 body. He asked some fairly common questions about cameras and settings the likes of which I get pretty often, but then he busted out some more technically specific & complex questions about metering, lighting & file manipulation. I was taken back a bit but being a member of The DWF I was very open and honest to his questions and we talked for a good moment. He was grateful and asked me for my card. I thought nothing of it from there on.
Flash forward a few months and  get an email from a communications management company in NYC needing some headshots of their management team of 12 people. They wanted to know my rates. Honestly, I had no idea what the going rate was for that kind of gig, so I called my go-to guy when I’m in need of good advice, Mr. Josh Lynn. He helped me propose a quote that would be competitive and benefit us both, the company and me, not JL who shoots about 50+ Weddings a year and lights candles in his home with $100 bills. Great guy that JL, a bit grumpy but that’s for a different post. :Dicon_biggrin  Anyhow, they chose me over a few other people based on my work, quote and “ding-ding” my referral from the dude @ the Temple Event. I guess being nice paid off. I was pretty nervous but their creative team gave me an idea of what they wanted and then gave me free reign over the office for an afternoon. *Tech Alert* I used my D700 & 24-70 and 50 1.4. I used 2 SB-900s, both off-camera in iTTL commanded by the D700. Great thing that ability to control the flash output in-camera indoors. I shot the main 900 through the Lastolite EZBox Softbox & the rim light through a Honl Speed Snoot. The set-up worked pretty flawlessly indoors and I got some great images. Here are a few, but continue to read on for the cool part.
*PhotoTime Alert*
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They just sent me an email that the website had been revamped and images had been added. You can check them out here – TargetCast TCM & TargetCast TCM SVP.
I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. It gave me a different perspective on my photography and I got a chance to hang in Corporate America for a day. Cool gig but not for me. Although if I had to work somewhere that would be the place.  Did I mention that my Assistant for that day has a band? They are pretty awesome. You can check out their website @ InMusth & my images of their live performances @ InMusth Live.
Thanks for tuning in, until next time…
John @ JargaPix

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