Working with other Professionals
I started working with Paris Gore about a year and a half ago. We had known each other previously through interactions with friends around Bellingham but had never really sat down to talk. I contacted him towards the end of my honeymoon in Europe inquiring about a possible job as his assistant for the upcoming year. As it turned out, he was looking for an assistant and I was able to start working with him on a part time basis editing photos, assisting on shoots, and taking care of everyday busy work. Throughout my time working with him I gained valuable insight into the photography industry as well as how to run photo shoots and how to handle interactions with clients.
Early last summer he called to tell me that he had gotten a job shooting Red Bull Rampage, a dream for any action sports photographer. Although it is a dream job it is also probably one of the hardest events on the planet to shoot and requires a ton of preparation to shoot both physically and mentally.
After chatting with Red Bull Photography about shooting a BTS story about the preparation that goes into shooting an event like Rampage, Paris and I met early one morning for the shoot. It was a rainy, cloud covered day and we had met at Terrain Gym, the gym where Paris had been training in preparation for his upcoming event for months leading up to Rampage.
He ran through some of his routine workouts as I worked with different lighting setups. Utilizing both natural light and implementing the use of portable battery powered strobes, I was able to create moody lighting. By creating this dramatic light and trying to find creative angles I was able to help hide some of the clutter that was spread throughout the gym.
After leaving the gym we headed to his office at Freehub where he unloaded his camera equipment from his old camera bags, into some new Shimoda Design bags that he had just obtained. While he was loading up I took the chance to take a few product shots of the new bags for potential social media or website use by Shimoda.
After loading his new bags we headed to his house to clean gear and figure out packing set ups in the new bags. After cleaning and loading the gear we sat scrolled through old Rampage images as he showed me some of his favorite shots from past years. He finished off the shoot spending some much needed time planning out small details of how his Rampage days would play out.
This was my first experience working with Red Bull and hopefully the first of many to come. As I stay busy balancing a full time job and other freelance work that comes along, I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with an established professional as I work my way into my own career as a full-time photographer. The amount we can learn for others if we just have an open up our minds is amazing. I feel lucky to be surrounded by some bright up and coming hard working people that help keep me motivated and focused.