Within our first month in England, Deborah and I attended a “New Arrivals” orientation. It was a one-day orientation filled with various speakers from the military. They provided information and tips on how to get accustomed to life in the UK. As lunch-time approached, we had one more speaker to overcome before we received a much-needed break. That is when a man named Darius from the Human Relations Office gave a presentation that captured everyone’s attention and it was something I’d never forget (I’d have to tell you offline what actually occurred).
After that presentation, he and I talked and become friends. He told me about his project as an author and I told him about my work as a photographer. He wanted me to take some shots for his book cover and we talked about it for nearly a year. After months of talk, we finally brought it to fruition this weekend. Darius Donte’ is “The Ascot Author”. A gifted story-teller and people will find his insight about relationships very compelling.
I was a little nervous because I previously did some studio-like work. Yet, this was my first job in an actual studio. We visited the place a few days prior to the shoot so I could assess the lighting and see what I needed to bring. The studio’s great equipment eased my concerns. Therefore, I knew the only thing needed was my ability to photograph Darius.
We worked for nearly four hours and several wardrobe changes. When we were done, I was pleased with the work we did.