Playing nice with others on a job site is one of the skills I do very well on.
This image is of the recently remodeled Grand Hyatt Event Center in downtown San Francisco. The builder Howard S. Wright and designer indidesign are responsible for this impressive interior. The constraint here: Project deadline (24 hrs. away) with workers/equipment all over this interior! As a commercial photographer one of the hardest things to do is ask others to stop working so I can turn their workspace into my temporary studio especially with this deadline looming.
Time is money for everyone on a construction job, not to mention knocking people out of their working rhythm just so the photographer can get a “picture”. So when I shoot in these circumstances, I’m not only thinking about the shot’s composition, I’m thinking about lowest impact to all. This means setting up the camera position then lighting around others work apparatus. It means communicating to others how long the photo will take to capture. It means I have only one chance to make it count. In the end, from when the room was cleared of all workers and tools, to all lighting possibilities being captured, only a total of 10 mins. lapsed with worker down time. Just one of the skills I bring to all jobs!