I started shooting with a Canon 24-105 lens, shooting some standard images of Jessica in front of a constant light in a soft box to her left.
During our dinner conversation the evening before the show opened, Jessica was telling me that the medal had "Aquatics, Water Polo, Women" inscribed on the outer edge of the medal. I had never noticed this before, so we made sure to shoot an image showing this inscription.
I wanted to get that iconic shot of Jessica biting her gold medal. If you look closely, you will notice that she is not actually biting the medal. Since she had let so many people touch the medal, she was a little reluctant to bite it, and rightfully so!
After shooting images on the show floor, we both thought it would be fun to shoot images out by the pool at the MGM hotel. I wanted to get some nice images of Jessica that were more in context with water polo. What better than a pool for a background?
We photographed in several locations around the pool, but I really wanted the sunlight behind Jessica, so we moved to the farthest point of the pool and shot this. I liked this so much that I asked my good friend, Eddie (from Epson) if he could print a bunch for her to sign the next day of the show. Eddie was amazing and printed a whole stack of 8x10s for her to sign and give away. He also printed some large 13x19 images on canvas that were awesome!
Jessica asked me if I could shoot a nice image of the medal in front of the water. I shot all of these images with the Canon 1DX at full resolution. Check out the clarity of the image up close below).
The next day, we were back on the show floor shooting more images. I had Jessica sitting on a stool for all of the first day's photos, so we decided to have her standing for the second day.
Again, focusing on the medal to demonstrate wide aperture shooting and focus technique.
I framed this shot so that I would highlight the gold medal in it's case, but also use the USA on Jessica's shirt as my background.
This last shot was taken by Ken Sklute up on the Canon main stage. It was nice to have a photo of Jessica and I.
This whole event was a win / win for us. She got a bunch of images, we got to know each other better (since I did not have much face time with the team at the Olympics) and we had a blast. Mostly, I was honored to partner up with such a great person. I think we may have to do this again at the Photo Plus Show in New York in October.