JOB: To photograph Tomas Plekanic of the Montreal Canadians for Sherwood Hockey.
1. The shoot took place at the Montreal Canadians practice facility in Montreal. Its a nice space but its not the Molson Center so I really had to spend some time to look around and plan my shots.
2. We had Tomas for about an hour. Hes a very nice man, but shy when it comes to photos so I knew I had him only for about 20mins. Or at least I wanted to keep it under 30mins of shoot time.
3. When you shoot an Edmonton Oiler a few people show up. When you shoot a Montreal Canadian lots more are there. I mean its understandable I mean come on its the Canadians. So I had to make sure once the shoot started I had to have full control and make sure Tomas knew I was on my game. I am clear and concise as to what I want and need. Athletes respect that. When you work with someone lot you can bull shit with them… but when its a new face. Its in and out.
4. We shot in the dressing room and on the ice. I was given 100% creative freedom here. So we decided to have Tomas looking strong and tall in the shots. As opposed to moving around skating and shooting.
5. I still play hockey, grew up with it, and follow it closely. I am a fan of the game. But not while i’m working… If funny how that goes… when on jobs for Sherwood and SportsNet and I’m shooting Hockey players I subconsciously compartmentalize the fan part… The shoot is all about me and getting what I want commercially and not about meeting or getting to know the player. I am respectful of the player of course… and on a few occasions I have hung out with a few of the guys post photoshoot…. but even with the players I have got to know well while shooting I am shooting them I am in full pro mode.