All Images © Emily Shur
I did three shoots for the Celebrity 100 issue of Forbes (June 4, 2012 edition). The first three images are the ones that ran, and here's an extra one of Seth that I liked. What I find most interesting about photographers' blogs is often the story behind the images. However, what seems to happen to me a lot is that I can't really talk too much about the problems, conflicts, and issues that may come up before, during, or after the shoot. Dealing with all of these less than perfect elements is what separates the men from the boys and of course, the women from the girls. As much as I write this blog for myself, let's be honest and call it what it is. It's self promotion, and I can't exactly be completely honest about things that would hinder me from getting hired in the future. So, unfortunately what winds up happening is a lot of "This was awesome!" and "Check me out!" I'm saying this as someone who does not love this quality in others' blogs, and it bums me out a little bit on blogging in general that this is what it has to be for us professionals. So, if you see me in person and have any questions about the reality of being a working photographer, please ask.
On the bright side, I do like these images, and I honestly did enjoy all three of these people quite a bit. Jessica was absolutely gorgeous in person with perfect(!) skin, and she was nice on top of it all. Jeez. Tobey was such an interesting guy who really cared a lot about the photographs. I feel like we bonded. Seth was so nice. He struck me as someone who definitely enjoys being behind the scenes more than in front of the camera which I totally get (and can relate to). I tried to make pictures that were representative of his personality rather than being wacky for the sake of being wacky. All of these subjects were great, and I was excited to shoot all of them.