Congressman Tom Marino
As stated above Congressman Marino was my first political gig in 2010. I also shot his advertising campaign for his second reelection in 2014.
To view a few of my photos from political advertising campaigns swing by my political photography gallery. I've posted several photos and a few tare sheets there.
Political photography is an odd sort of endeavor. My very first gig of this type was to shoot PR, Public Relations photos, for Congressman Tom Marino when he first officially announced his announce candidacy for office. That was January 27, 2010.
Generally speaking, I’m as relaxed and comfortable behind the camera as most people are in bed. Rather than just hoping I’ll get the shot, I know that I’ll get it. I just go in, do my thing, have good time and hope that my clients do as well. Even so that first political gig was a bit unnerving for me. I didn’t know what to expect and didn’t have a solid plan on how to approach the job. I certainly didn’t want to mess it up!
As it turns out it was incredibly simple and straight forward. For the most part I really wasn’t happy with the photos more because there was no “WOW” moment to capture. Regardless there was absolutely no reason at all for me to get worked up over it. It was one of the most straight forward jobs I’d ever worked.
Since then political photography has become one of my favorite type jobs to get. Since that first day I’ve gone on to shoot advertising campaigns for the election of several US Congressmen, Pennsylvania State Senators and a Judge or two. I’ve also shot one round for a man running for a seat on city council of a small to mid-sized Pennsylvania town. I’ve also worked the campaign for, as yet, an undisclosed candidate for US Senate. I’d rather not say as it would be improper for me to mention his name before he formally announces in 7 month from the time of this writing.
Anyway, I may have just fallen into the whole political photography business but now, several years later there is little else that I’d rather be shooting.
Last I wanted to give a big shout out to everyone at LN Consulting in Harrisburg, PA. Thank you for giving me a shot and introducing me to something that I have come to love doing.
As I had mentioned above the set we shot for Congressman Lloyd Smucker’s political photography turned out fantastic. It was one day when everything was clicking and turned out great. It wasn’t becouse he was some kind of movie star but rather becouse he was relaxed and the photos were just real. Here’s a campaign video that was created from my photo shot that day.