We spent the day scouting for our shoot in Montreal. So many wonderful old buildings on cobblestone streets. But this one caught our eye, and it was our first choice for a backdrop. The plaque on the building lists it as the home of the Marquis Michel Chartier de Lotbiniere, 1723-1799, Ingenieur du Roi.
We scouted the office building as our second venue, and from the 44th floor we had a spectacular view of the city. Our plan was coming together. We just had to return the next day and photograph our subject.
But when we returned the next day, the view had changed to a thick foggy mess. No one would know there was a city there at all. But by the time we set up the lights, worked with the hair and makeup expert, and got ready to shoot, the fog lifted and we once again saw the beautiful city out the windows.
The third stage of the plan was a studio setup, in case the weather was bad or the office building didn’t work out. The studio was unique, old stone walls on either side of a clean white seamless backdrop. After grabbing a bite to eat, we set up and began shooting here.
We stopped every so often to review images and make adjustments.
After an hour and a half, a few wardrobe changes and lighting adjustments, we reviewed the work again.
It was a wrap! All the planning, traveling, scheduling and hard work had paid off, as the pieces fell into place. It was a great collaboration with smart and talented people, a beautiful city and some help from Mother Nature.