On a recent editorial style portrait / headshot shoot in Prestwick International Airport with Frank Gormanley - Vice President of the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce, owner of marketing / business growth firm Forever Great & all driven individual - I was asked if we could make some photographs that were centred around an article that he had written for the Ayrshire Magazine, an Ayrshire-based publication with a focus on business, events, fashion, food & lifestyle.
The article (You’ve got to Nourish to Flourish, Publication #27, March/April 2019) discusses the importance of allowing one’s business to flourish through a well-developed & keen growth mindset, using resources such as industry-pertinent podcasts to consistently broaden the horizons in a positive manner. With this in mind, Frank wanted to capture moments that show him on the move, ready to embrace the world in order to develop himself. To accomplish this we left the cosy Airport lounge & headed out into the cold wind.
The photograph chosen to accompany the article, which has now been published & printed, depicts Frank leaving the airport with his laptop bag, looking sharp & ready to accomplish his goals. I worked very quickly to ensure that we achieved a photograph that felt like it was ‘on the go’ - framing Franks upper body with the vertical lines of the wall & suggesting movement by utilising the diagonal / horizontal lines in conjunction with his movement through the frame. We used all-natural light, with Frank looking towards the Sun - or rather, the metaphorical beacon of potential opportunities outwith the Airport grounds. No need for modifiers when the light is good ;) After delivering the final images, Frank left me a very kind review on Facebook;
”Pleasure working with Scott yesterday! His eye for detail and direction was spot on. What was unique was the excitement in trying out different styles and techniques across the shoot. Scott’s passion and drive for the discipline shone through. Here’s to working again in the future...” 🏅✔️
Seeing one’s work in print (especially within a publication) is always a fantastic feeling, as it brings the creative process to its natural conclusion. Sometimes, simply posting images on social media or viewing them on a screen removes the personal attachment one may feel with a piece of work - but seeing it in the physical realm in a medium that can be held is a very precious thing indeed in a world that is always moving at breakneck speed!