I was asked to shoot some portraits at an SF Design Week event for Elixir Design. They didn't want the typical party "photo booth" shots. They asked if I could do portraits in a "Vermeer's Light" style. These were a few of my favorites. I wanted a bit of a darker look on these for myself so I asked Rebecca Bausher to do the post on these and I think they came out great.
I had a good time walking around The Mission with author Maggie Shipstead on a shoot for The Telegraph UK. I was driving around Dolores Park before the shoot looking for places to meet up when the unthinkable happened; A parking spot, right at the top of Dolores Park on a sunny Sunday afternoon. If you know Dolores Park on sunny weekends, you know how hard it is to get parking anywhere close to the park. What makes it even better was the fact the spot was the exact location I wanted to photograph Maggie. The photo above was taken maybe 10 feet from my car.
After that shot we spend some time walking around the surrounding neighborhood.
I've been going to Laguna Seca since I was a kid. My dad would take me there every year to see auto races like the Can-Am series. I even had the chance to drive the track myself years ago (and even spun out in The Corkscrew). This time my visit to Laguna Seca was for Bicycling Magazine to photograph Marianne Vos who was there to race in the Sea Otter Classic.
As the article will tell you, Marianne is a pretty big deal. She's the most dominant cyclist in the sport right now. While setting up for the shoot one person stopped by to see what was going on. When I told them I was a shooting someone for Bicycling Magazine, their response was "must be Marinane Vos".
I didn't have a lot of time with Marianne, but she was great to work with. She was probably tired and the shoot was likely that last place she wanted to be; but she had a great attitude and was relaxed in front of the camera. She had just actually won the Elite Women's Short Track race minutes before coming to the shoot. The next day she went on to win the Elite Women's Cross Country race.
Check out there article in the current issue of Bicycling on stands now.
I had a great time shooting Jeremy Stoppelman, the CEO of Yelp, for Emerce Magazine. Doing a little research on Jeremy before the shoot, his first job was at @Home Networks (a long defunct Cable ISP). Before I was a photographer I was a network engineer at Cisco Systems. I was assigned to @Home and we would have been working there at the same time. That was so long ago I can't remember much from those days, but maybe we crossed paths.
Sometimes I wonder what I'd be doing now if I hadn't left the tech world back then. Maybe I'd have started a wildly successful company like Yelp and be worth hundreds of millions... or, I might have just started the next GeoCities.
I've shot some smart people in my time as a photographer. On the subject of politics, I photographed Christopher Hitchens. On the subject of philosophy I photographed John Searle. But I'm going to say that the smartest person I've ever photographed has to be theoretical physicist Leonard Susskind. I shot Mr. Susskind at his home in Palo Alto for The Telegraph. How smart is he? Well, he's known for calling out Stephen Hawking and proving him wrong.
It's good to know where you stand and since it was only the two of us, I clearly was not the smartest person in the room... but then, I'm used to that by now.