Having cut my teeth in a market where the generalists are the survivors, I’ve enjoyed doing a wide variety of photographic work. Vancouver doesn’t forgive a high level of specialization when you’re a photographer. You’ve got to genuinely love a lot of different kinds of work, and be equally comfortable in every role. And besides, it suits my nature. So it was a treat to return to corporate editorial photography recently with a portrait of RBC Global Assets CEO John Montalbano for the Sauder alum magazine Viewpoints which, a long time ago, I worked on with Marian Bantjes. Now it’s in the very capable hands of Jennifer Wah and Brandon Brind. It’s great to continue the association.
The first is the image that ran. The second is an outtake from the session. Sometimes a pause in the proceedings yields a nice moody portrait. It was done during our recent fog spell where the light was brutally low. We were in a north-facing office tower near the convention centre which didn’t help. But John is a photographer as well and was patient, interested and open to the improvisation required when your time is whittled down to 10 shooting minutes and the light has gone.