Stephen Poloz : 7 Portraits in 10 minutes
Getting 7 unique portraits in 10 minutes of Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz took a bit of planning and maybe some choreography
While I no longer work in newspapers on a daily basis I really enjoy my assignments with the National Post. They're always interesting and challenging. Back in July, the National Post asked me to cover a press conference where the Bank of Canada announced a change to the interest rate. On top of shooting the press conference, the paper also needed some updated portraits of Mr. Poloz they could use for future stories. The caveat? I only had 10 minutes to take the portraits. After I was escorted to a large meeting room outside his office, I immediately started to asses the situation. Having photographed in many similar settings I scoped out the surroundings. Main Light Source? Four large windows evenly spaced along one wall. Background? Sort of busy with large, painted portraits of previous governors adorning the walls. Ceiling? High ceiling, light in colour - good for bouncing light. Table? Somewhat glossy, could make for a reflection photo. With time ticking by - I had about 10 minutes to set up - I quickly assembled one large light at the end of the table and tested it. This is where the "choreography" comes in. In order to maximize the shooting time, I needed each portrait to flow into another with no back and forth or moving a lot. A place a chair in the exact spot I wanted the second shot and walked through the whole session pretending I was Mr. Poloz minus the great suit. To speed up the process and get as many different "looks" as possible I used window light wherever I could, only using a softbox for a couple portraits. Once Stephen Poloz entered the room I able to greet him and begin calmly but efficiently executing my photography plan. Through efficient planning and quick photography, I was able to get what I needed and make sure the reporter had enough time to ask his questions so that Mr. Poloz could get back to his day.