“Integrity goes a Long way.” If you’re an Arkansas fan, you’ve heard or read this phase numerous times since the Petrino incident in April.
Well, I recently photographed Jeff Long for Ay Magazine and was really hoping to take images of Jeff away from the Razorbacks. He has been photographed for numerous publications since April, and I had ideas of getting him outside of his office and away from campus for this photo shoot. I had my location scouted, ideas in my head and I was ready to go.
The afternoon before the shoot, I got a call that it had to be moved to the Broyles center to accommodate Jeff’s schedule. Well, hummm. I knew places that I did not want to photograph Jeff based on what appeared in other publications, but I had no idea of a new location. I spent time that afternoon trying to scout a new spot and I requested a copy of the story to try to spark a new idea because the old one just wasn’t going to work on campus. I ended up going to bed without a clear vision, which doesn’t always sit well.
Photography is an adventure that is sometimes emotional. Whether it’s anxiety, desire to do well or a sleepless night, learning to take that energy and work it into the photo is a constant battle… but lately I think I’ve been winning.