"Good morning Jon!" I say as I throw my camera gear into the back seat of his car. Jon replies with “Where do you want to go to take these photos then?” The pressure is now on, as the creative, to think of a great place to make some nice portraits.
I’ve only known Jon for a few weeks. Both being small business owners and networking whores, we met at one of the many events in Melbourne. (Quick plug to Kerryn at Your Time Matters for organising good, fun and informative events).
After running into each other a few times at various events Jon commissioned me to photograph his natural hangover relief product, HeadsUp. A few days ago, Jon contacted me again to hire timson.co to have some media portraits taken of himself with his HeadsUp product. We had a bit of a tight deadline, so the plan was for Jon to swing by, pick me up, and play it by ear.
I had a grand vision of us shooting the portraits in the Prahran Hotel. They have these cool booths that look out of windows that I can only imagine were imported from Hobbiton.
Alas, this was not to happen. At 9.30am in the morning the bar wasn’t open so we had to make another plan. I wanted to take the portraits in an place that would be true to the environment where HeadsUp would be used. The bar was out of the question so I suggested that we go to a cafe instead. Lucky for me Jon knew the owners of a local cafe, Two Lost Boys.
Two Lost Boys ended up being a lovely place for a quick shoot. Big windows letting in lots of light. The guys running place were accommodating, although to smooth them over I did say that we would by some coffees. I think that helped. I managed to make some good images of Jon and HeadsUp there.
The only word of warning about shooting in a cafe, is that there are a lot of people milling around. It was a bit of a challenge to keep them out of the photos. Also it can be a bit strange for your subject. People can get extra self conscious when posing for the camera with onlookers, and at close proximity. But with a coffee and some messing around with the goofy shots we laughed our way through the rest of the session in no time. Jon was a pro.
As I write this post its coming up to Australia Day 2015. I’m sure there will be a lot of work for HeadsUp to do this Monday night. Good luck with HeadsUp Jon, I hope it flies of the shelves.