This was not how I wanted to start my work week. A request to photograph a pro football player and a broadcaster as they toured a local women’s shelter. It’s not that this is really a bad assignment, it’s just that I had hoped to start my week off with something a little more visual.
I worked the situation pretty hard knowing that interesting photos were going to be hard to come by.
Things started out slowly. First, standing in a family living unit (refrigerator included to give a sense of place).
Next, pro football player listening to the tour guide. Not really a useable photo for the paper because of a lack of information but I did like the composition and elements.
Tight face shot, mainly for file and photo gallery use:
The visual offerings got a little better as the tour progressed:
And finally, as the tour ended I was given my best photo from the event:
A large photo of Baldwin in his Seattle Seahawks uniform posted on an office window provided a nice counterpoint to Baldwin signing a football jersey with the same number.
It’s nice when your hard work yields something better than expected.
I Facebooked this photo (I know, “Facebook” is not a verb) and it has garnered 83 “likes,” a high number for one of our photos. That confirms for me that our readers are big Seahawks fans.
Also, I was very impressed by Doug Baldwin. He asked great questions during the tour, was extremely articulate and a genuinely nice person.