13 Apr 24
Our lives may not be as exciting as Jack Bauer’s, but CB Photo just pulled off a 24 hour feat that we’re fairly proud of. It all started a couple weeks ago when I got a call from Gensler’s Charlotte office. It seemed that they had just completed a project that Interior Design Magazine showed a lot of interest in publishing. The sticky part was, they were going to need photographs very quickly. Now, typically, I book my work 3-4 weeks in advance and then we deliver final images in about two weeks (allowing for luxurious, time intensive post production that is sometimes dramatic, sometimes very subtle and always involves lots of caffeine).
After further discussion with the magazine, the designers discovered that they had two weeks, not three, to make the deadline. They were going to need images by the twelfth. That happened to be the first day I had available. We called back and the writer consented to give us one more day. So… all we had to do was catch the first flight to Charlotte, shoot for 12 hours, go back to the hotel, process and retouch the files then ftp them in the morning.
Did I mention I love a challenge?
Travel went off without a hitch, the shoot went well, we made 6 images in about 13 hours and got back to the hotel 21 hours after waking up. I worked on files for three hours before exhaustion overtook me and I napped for four. Up with the sun, I completed the retouching and have to say, I (as well as the client) was quite pleased indeed. If the article makes the cut, I think we’ll have represented ourselves quite well! I gotta give a big hand to Patsy who battled through a nasty cold the whole time to help me pull this off.