I recently had the distinct opportunity to photograph a group of 36 business women from Princeton for a magazine assignment.
This was, to say the least, an intense endeavor. Setting up a photo shoot involving 10 people can be difficult ... let alone 36.
The key to a successful group shot is making sure every one is lined up evenly and every person’s face can easily be seen by the viewer. Because this certain photo was for a full-page magazine ad, it was extra critical to specifically get every face perfectly in the shot.
On the morning of the shoot, I got to the location feeling overwhelmed with such a large group of woman – I had originally expected a maximum of 18 heads in the shot. While panic swept over me, it immediately was followed by a sense of pride for the entrepreneurial woman in my community.
What a great opportunity these woman received in order to better showcase what a powerful and professional business scene Princeton has built.
To me, this victorious gathering showed much more than just 36 smiling women standing side-by-side. It provided proof the Princeton business community is full of talented, strong-willed and respectful woman.
When I tell people today there were 36 women who gathered for the photo, the common reaction is that they had no idea Princeton even had that many businesses.
I want to personally thank all those women who showed up that morning and taking the time out of their busy schedules to help highlight what Princeton is made of. To me, I think my community has much more to offer than a lot of people are led to believe.
Before I started photographing the women, I took a step back to make sure everyone’s face would shine through in the shot. Of course, there were a couple faces hidden in back, so I spent a couple minutes rearranging the women to make the photo look its best.
I heard several conversations and comments come from the women when I began doing this, and what an impression it made on me! I learned a lot from those comments. When I was finally confident enough that every women could be seen, I began shooting.
In the end, it felt worth the extra time to make sure everyone had looked their best. The end result turned out brilliant. I know all those women in that photo will be satisfied with the layout.
After the shoot, I stayed behind and watched the women scamper off in every direction. Their faces all told the story they still had a million things to do that day and a million appointments to make. They are our downtown working force, but what a significant couple minutes I got to spend with these women!
I was thankful everyone had stayed patient and were understanding of the time involved in getting that picture-perfect shot.
When the magazine hits the stands and people begin flipping through the pages, they are going to see that full-page ad and recognize the effort and organization involved in gathering all those Princeton women. I want to thank our Chamber director for that one.
I’m sure some will talk about the women in the shot and most will get a sense of the strong community pride that shines through our downtown. Perhaps seeing 36 friendly, smiling faces will entice people to check-out why it’s so great to be a businesswoman in Princeton.
BCR Staff Writer Goldie Currie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.