Forbes mag cover by Robert Gallagher

November 07, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

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Helping out photographer Robert Gallagher on his Forbes magazine cover shot in West Hollywood.

I came across Robert's excellent work whilst scouring the internet for new opportunities here in my new home of Los Angeles.  It just happens that Robert is also from sunny England, and his empathy for my current circumstances was made apparent when he surprised me with a reply to my cold-calling "hello, will you be my friend?" email.  A few days later we met for coffee and that same afternoon I found myself whisked onto his set for a Forbes magazine cover shot.  Never shy to work with an experienced snapper at the top of their game, its one of those occasions that I just love to go along with.  Los Angeles is a town of chancers, and i'm trying to join in best I can.

The subjects were the co-founders of the mobile dating app Tinder, whose offices were nine storeys high overlooking the Hollywood hills.

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Photographer Robert Gallagher chatting with makeup artist Leah Christiansen

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Aside from the priority cover shot portrait, Robert was also tasked with getting a more casual group frame of the Tinder founders, and it was decided to go for this on the office roof with a backlight from the setting sun.  Sadly this cracking evening light disappeared faster than we could get the guys up there, and this group shot was achieved indoors.  Lesson learned: always have a Plan B.

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Robert Gallagher at work

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Chasing the cover shot: Robert shooting the portrait of Tinder CEO Sean Rad

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Getting down to it: Robert shooting from the concrete floor with some comfort provided by first assistant Thomas Hencz

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Forbes cover shot November 2014: Sean Rad photographed by Robert Gallagher

After several weeks away from the grindstone I felt a little rusty on set (how does that Profoto pack work again?!), but I put a shift in and it felt great getting back into work mode.  And I think Robert's published shot is a cracker.  See more pics and read the full article here.

I'm super grateful to Robert for taking a chance on me and I look forward to (hopefully) working with him again.  Our personal stories match in so many ways and he's one of the good guys.

Check out Robert online here.

Visit San Diego based makeup artist Leah Christiansen here.  And lighting marvel/DoP Thomas Hencz is here.

 

 


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