Alaska for the Veterans Administration

Donald Bullach, the Creative Director of TMP | Government along with Owen Burns, a TMP VP and I headed up to Alaska in late June for a Veterans Administration library shoot.  Project was journalistic in approach - find opportunities and make them work.  Donald and I had worked together before and it was a delight to shoot with him again.

We spent two days shooting, plus two-days of pre-pro at the Veterans Administration complex in Anchorage.  We shot everything from impromptu meetings to creating an emergency room. 

In Alaska, people live for being outdoors and in the sun.  At the end of the workday, many headed to their favorite stream or river and started fishing for Salmon.  They would fish until they hit their daily limit and then wait until midnight to start all over again.

Salmon Fishing along Ship Creek

Salmon Fishing along Ship Creek

Donald checking out angles for our emergency room shoot.

Donald checking out angles for our emergency room shoot.

The view from the gurney.  I was shooting with a 14-24 Nikkor zoom out to 14mm.  One of the nurses kept teasing saying it was time for me to go under and I should start counting backwards from ten.

The view from the gurney.  I was shooting with a 14-24 Nikkor zoom out to 14mm.  One of the nurses kept teasing saying it was time for me to go under and I should start counting backwards from ten.

We shot quite a lot of portraits for this project.  Ninety-percent of what we shot was available light with reflectors.

We shot quite a lot of portraits for this project.  Ninety-percent of what we shot was available light with reflectors.

Light in Anchorage was pretty amazing.  We had 70 degree days with clear skies.  Every room was filled with bright light.

Light in Anchorage was pretty amazing.  We had 70 degree days with clear skies.  Every room was filled with bright light.

Owen Burns, the VP from TMP had a miraculous recovery when these two VA nurses attended to him.

Owen Burns, the VP from TMP had a miraculous recovery when these two VA nurses attended to him.

Thanks to Kerry Tasker for assisting on this job and to Janet Shafsky for hair and make-up.