Journal

Monarch Air

the weather wasn't great - it was overcast and rainy with pretty strong winds. two things that don't typically go well with those conditions are flying and photography. but, as my five year old has taught me, you get what you get and you don't throw a fit. two hours in and we hadn't fired a single shot; the rain was getting close and our schedule was being held up by something beyond our control in the hanger we were supposed to shoot in.

instead of panicking, i found something to inspire me; an offhanded comment by my client was just enough.

our first shot was supposed to be something that wouldn't have turned out as good as the third image below - which ended up being our first shot of the day. that's the beauty of the unexpected, it forces you to stretch beyond your plans and get out of your comfort zone.

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three images i submitted as potential covers.

typically i shoot more lifestyle stuff, like the first image (above). my sensibilities tend to drive me toward compositions that don't feel produced, which isn't to say i don't have to work at getting them. i think it's a texture thing, more than anything else for me. i want the image to feel a little less polished. because we were dealing with gray skies and flat light, i knew we would have to amp up the production required, but my assistant & i worked to make sure that everything felt motivated by something real.

i think we achieved that goal & last i heard it was the front runner for the cover of an article about Monarch Air, my client.

there are a few more images after the jump.

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flight students | the super sexy Cessna 400

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talking through an issue with a maintenance client | flight instruction

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our pilot & our plane