As a full-time professional photographer, I have to always have my photography gear ready (batteries charged, gear stowed in bags, etc.) in case the phone rings out of the blue with a time-sensitive job. Such was the case this afternoon when I was alerted to a possible commercial exterior job that needed to be done right away. After a quick e-mail inquiry I was called by the client and given the requirements for the type of photos they wanted. They were looking for exterior shots of a Lumber Liquidators store featuring the store's signs especially and also showing the retail store in context to its surroundings.
That was a simple enough assignment, and the client said it only needed to be so, but I still went ahead and made mostly HDR images of the retail space exterior as they yielded much better results in the harsh afternoon Florida sun. The store was in a nondescript strip mall on 22nd Ave N, but I used the surrounding trees to try and frame the building and show the space in its best context.
This may seem like rather non-glamorous photography work, but I actually find these kind of "assignment" jobs to be fascinating in their own way. I like being given a required shot to get out on location by a client. It somehow makes me feel like an old newspaper photographer, out on assignment!