The other day, Robert called me up on the phone, “Hey, James, you available for a photoshoot tomorrow?” After seeing Robert and Clayton working so diligently on a special project, I was expecting, and looking forward to this call!
By the next day, I had all the equipment ready; camera, lenses, soft-box, light stand, transmitter, receiver, recharged batteries, cords . . . anything and everything I thought we might need. (Many thanks to IBLP for letting me use some of their equipment.) After lunch, Robert picked me up and we were off to the Steinway shop!
Yes, I was quite excited to be taking pictures for Robert and Clayton’s new piano duet CD/DVD jacket, but I was a little apprehensive. We were in a time crunch, supposed to be in and out within thirty minutes.
When we arrived, we encountered another problem. The room where we planned to shoot only had one piano! After hurriedly looking around, we found a small room with two grand pianos side by side. Hoping it would work, we quickly set up, rearranged a few things, and began shooting. And what a shootout it was!
We will definitely have to do some editing, merging, and detailed Photoshop work to make the pictures work, but there was a disguised blessing in the seemingly negative problems we encountered. The room we were planning on shooting in had big windows with lots of light streaming in. If we had shot in there, we would not have been able to produce the incredible affect we were able to create (and actually originally looking for) in the small, dark room where the two pianos were. God certainly knows how to redirect our steps in a way that we would never have chosen in our finite minds.
Look for the new CD/DVD to be available in the near future! And just so you know, I’ve reserved the best photos for the jacket design. 🙂