Often I am asked if I have imagery of certain local places to be used as stock for various ad campaigns. A Vancouver based company asked me recently for some images of Steveston, a highly photographed tourist destination in Richmond. I did have some older stock, but wasn’t happy using it so I decided to try to get some more for the specific purpose of the client. The deadline is always a challenge when weather is a major factor, as it has been for several weeks.
My wife and I were finally able to sneak out of the house for dinner and a movie while my fantastic mother-in-law looked after the boys. After a great sushi feed, we head out to the car as the seldom seen sun came out. My wife looked at me and asked me if we should can the movie and gamble on getting good light in Steveston instead. She knew I would have been squirming in my seat if there was any chance of me getting these shots done while watching a movie.
As I was shooting the fading light, I seemed to have an audience. People shooting over my shoulders with their phones and point and shoots. Just as I was packing up after the light was beyond capture, a guy runs up with his camera frantically shooting to no avail. I thought to myself - ‘I hope he enjoyed the movie’.
It paid off this time.