Battling for Governor
Shooting a close race in the Sunshine State
I had a great opportunity recently to shoot both Florida Gubernatorial Republican Candidates before the primaries in July and September. I first shot Florida Attorney General Bill McCullom followed by Naples businessman Rick Scott for AP the day of the primary. Both had the same platform, for the most part, but there was a certain excitement that came the Scott campaign that was not matched by McCullom’s. It was interesting to compare the two campaigns as one seemed very vibrant and the other more low key. All in al each assignment had there unique challenges. Both were very quick with limited access, so photos needed to be shot quickly and cross your fingers you get a good moment. Ultimately Mr. Scott won that race but fortunately I was able to get several good photos that ran across the country.
I recently had the pleasure of shooting JoAnne Lawand, owner of Lawand Interiors on Marco Island. JoAnne was a delightful subject and shared a lot of gardening tips. I wanted to highlight her in the context of her home which she, of course, decorated. She has a big set of sliding glass doors that allow sunlight to stream in and illuminate her home. I supplemented the light with a softbox and got some awesome results.
The 24th Annual Naples Fitness Challenge departed from Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Resort in Naples, Florida, on Sunday morning June 6, 2010. A field of 850 took off for the reverse triathlon which starts with a 3.1 mile run, 9.3 mile bike and a ¼ mile swim. A hot morning did not slow down returning champion Kurt Roeser, who won the overall men’s event while Sara Weaver repeated her victory as well for the overall women’s. Marc Damon won second place in a close finish. Roeser graduated from Naples High School five years ago and helped the Golden Eagles obtain three state cross country titles.
A new taste and a new magazine.
I recently was contacted by La Vie Claire magazine. It is associated with Claire Murray, a national lifestyle store and catalog that was founded by Claire Murray, a designer and entrepreneur who left New York City to open an inn on Nantucket. The company specializes in traditional crafts of rug hooking and the needle arts, and features crafts people from all over the world. I was hired to cover Gracie’s Cupcakes across from Coastland Mall in Naples, Florida. It is owned and operated by Grace Bolen. What a great place and a great person; we had gone to Naples High School together, not really knowing each other at school.
Anyway, Gracie’s a small cupcake and ice cream shop with some spectacular designs and specializing in decorative cupcakes for every occasion. If you get a chance, check out the images attached to this post and swing by Gracie’s.
There were a couple of things I was going for with the photos. I had this Andy Warhol inspiration moment after doing some preliminary scouting. So to give the designer of the magazine some choices I shot several combinations of cupcakes on different color backgrounds. Also, part of the directive of the magazine is to feature people’s lifestyles so I caught up with the Bolen family as they made cookies at home and then a walk on the beach.