Working With Keith
Two years ago, I worked with a client who bought one of my portrait packages in a silent auction at the Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. I donated another package for the 2012 film festival, and this time a gentleman by the name of Keith Jackson won the auction. Despite the fact that Keith works at ESPN, he's not that Keith Jackson.
He did tell me that he often gets email from people thinking they're contacting Keith Jackson the commentator, or sometimes Keith Jackson the football player.
Just under a year after Keith won the silent auction, we were finally able to find time in both of our schedules to get his portrait session in. We met near my place in Brooklyn, and then started wandering through Park Slope and Gowanus looking for good locations. Keith was a lot of fun to work with, and slowly warmed to the camera and attention he was getting being photographed in Park Slope. We started off using a construction walkway next to New York Methodist Hospital, then moved to a more open location looking down a row of brownstones, and finally ended in Gowanus next to a warehouse.
I always enjoy working with clients, and it's fun to watch them grow more and more comfortable with me and with being photographed, and see how the photos improve as this unfolds. By the end of our time together, Keith seemed like a natural in front of the camera, taking direction for where and how to look like he'd been doing it for years.
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