Hanshi Ken TallackThe main assignment for Staff Class is the 'Notable Canadian'. It was given out at the beginning of the semester and we had till mid-March to submit our final print. Its purpose is to give students a chance to experience what it's like dealing with agents/gatekeepers, scheduling, celebrity, being star stuck and directing/managing someone under time restraints and
The subject needs to have at least a municipal recognition, if not more.
I had a few others possibilities lined up but they all fell through. Luckily, while shooting at an event as a freelancer I met Hanshi Ken Tallack.
I found scheduling the photo session very smooth. I arranged to meet him at his karate studio. Unfortunately I didn't have a clear approach in mind as to what I wanted. So, night before I looked through gettyimages.com and other websites to get a feel for possible angles, styles, lighting and to just get an idea about different ways to shoot karate.
With the help of beautiful window light, a patient and relaxed subject, and a very tall ladder, I was able to get the shot.
Here are my top shots: