All Images © Emily Shur
I was a little nervous about shooting Kevin Costner. I was told we were shooting at his house, but when we pulled up it was actually a plot of land upon which he was about to build a house. There was a fancy mobile home that had sort of a log cabin vibe and a small garden on the property, and that was it. The rest of it was a large amount of grass and construction dirt that led to some cliffs overlooking a private beach. We only had an hour, and the magazine wanted something friendly and “unexpected”. I felt as though I had so little to work with visually which meant that I needed a nice moment. I imagined Kevin Costner as really quiet, stoic, and sort of cold. He was actually quite the opposite. Although I don’t think we broke new ground in the “unexpected” department, I will say that I left feeling good about this shoot – mostly because I felt like we had a good rapport for that small amount of time. He was understanding and generous with his time. I really enjoy photographing directors. I’m always intimidated by them and then pleasantly surprised by their compassion for me and my job as a photographer. They understand what goes into making a picture – be it still or motion – which counts for a lot. At one point Mr. Kevin Costner put his arm around me, gave me a nice hug and proclaimed, “You’re doing a good job!” It was almost like when your dad is really proud of you. A good feeling indeed.
Interview can be read here.