The doctors and medical specialists of Mahajan Medical Center and Golden Glow Medical Spa in Largo, Florida recently moved both facilities into a new building. I was hired to photograph the examination rooms, procedures while they were being performed, as well as staff headshots and building exterior photos for use on their business website and in future promotional materials.
For me, it was my first time seeing such spa related medical equipment and I have to confess it all looks rather scary to me. I was asked what treatments I do for the skin on my face, and I of course replied that I am a Man and take after Clint Eastwood. I can only hope to age and have such a rugged looking face as he has.
Photographing the procedures meant working in very tight spaces. I normally prefer to use off-camera-flash, but that just was not possible this time. Since the rooms were small though, there was always a wall or a low ceiling to be able to bounce my SB-800 Speedlight off of while it was mounted on my Nikon D300's hotshoe.
The medical center and medical spa rooms were intermixed with some looking like traditional examination rooms seen in hospitals as well as rooms with a much more relaxed vibe. All the rooms also had wall-mounted HDTVs!
The woman giving the massage above was a real character. From a distance she looks very petite, as she is hardly five feet tall. Up close though you can start to see her muscles. She proudly told me that she is a bodybuilder. Seems like a very good quality to have in a masseuse! She suggested I come back sometime and get a massage myself as she saw all the heavy camera equipment dangling from my neck and around my shoulders. Maybe I just will.
I arrived on site very early (at least for me) at 7:45am in order to be able to photograph the exterior of the building without any cars in the parking lot. The sun had not yet risen above the roof of the building which I think coincidentally added a sunrise glow to the Golden Glow Medical Spa facia.