My Drive Over the Bay Bridge
My Christmas Ornament Elephant
All Photos © Emily Shur 2008
I used to love traveling for work. I jumped at any opportunity to get on a plane, stay in a hotel, and possibly have a little adventure. Eventually, it became less and less fun and the old adage of “Everything that can go wrong will go wrong” kept ringing true. Over the past ten or so years, I think I have encountered pretty much every problem one could experience on an out of town shoot. I’ve had flights delayed, flights cancelled, missed flights, jerk publicists, jerk subjects, jerk photo editors and art directors, equipment that didn’t make it on flights, stolen equipment, broken equipment. I have had a death in the family while I was shooting out of town. I have been broken up with while shooting out of town. I have had screaming matches with airline employees and taxi drivers. I could go on. My point being that traveling for work has become somewhat unpleasant over the years.
Of course, I still do it. We all have to. Nowadays, I just go into it expecting hassle (which I know is not helping my cause, but sometimes I get cranky!). So, it’s all the more exciting when an out of town shoot goes not only smoothly, but well. This was the case yesterday/today.
I flew into Oakland yesterday, got my Hyundai Sonata complete with bulky, awkward GPS system. I drove to the shoot location, Pixar headquarters, to scout. I almost got lost…but…I didn’t! The publicist was lovely and helpful. I then drove across the bridge to my hotel, which was very nice. I went to the hotel gym and did 30 minutes on the elliptical while watching an episode from Season 3 of Weeds. Man, I love that show. I headed out for dinner with my BFF from college, Bianca. We had a yummy meal at The Presidio Social Club. So good to see her. This morning I woke up bright and early. Headed back to Pixar. Didn’t get lost again! I had two local assistants. Never worked with either of them before. They ruled. As Forrest Gump would say…We was like peas and carrots. Onto the main event. We photographed Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter. I had him in and out like clockwork. One hour on the dot. He was so open to making the picture fun. You don’t get that too much with extremely successful, busy people, and I certainly didn’t go into the shoot expecting anything extraordinary. Just goes to show you that even a cynical, cranky photographer can be pleasantly surprised once in a while. Then, I got on an early flight home and missed traffic. I even got an autographed WALL-E remote control robot. Not to end this love fest of a post on a sour note, but it appears that WALL-E and The Baroness are mortal enemies.