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John Legend in Bellevue for Hopelink

October 20th, 2010 at Wed, 20th, 2010 at 10:55 am by Chad Coleman

Grammy Award winning singer John Legend performed and spoke at the Meydenbauer Center for the Hopelink annual charity  luncheon in Bellevue on Monday, October 18, 2010. Bellevue Reporter staff writer Lindsay Larin and myself were granted a short interview and portrait session prior to the luncheon.

Given the short amount of time allowed with the recording artist, I wanted to get the most “looks” or different scenarios from my time to have options for editors.

I wanted to make a portrait of John Legend, above, and have additional images would visually place him in Bellevue. As luck would have it our meeting was on the fourth floor of the Meydenbauer Center across from a outdoor balcony — that was locked. I arrived to the venue early to scout my locations, so made a couple phone calls, and we had access to the deck.

John was an ease to work with — obviously having been in front of a camera numerous times — and efficiently went through a series of poses on his own and took my little direction smoothly. It is always good to get variations of vertical and horizontal images to give editors more options in layout. Of course it is not always possible due to a host of factors, but a good rule of thumb for any photographer.

Checking the time codes on my images, from first frame to last frame, the photo session lasted only 4 minutes and a few odd seconds. That included a lit portrait, the outside balcony location and a short meet & greet with a Girl Scout troop of volunteers, below.

I’ll wrap the post with couple behind-the-scenes snaps, above, Lindsay interviews John Legend. Below, a partial view of my setup to photograph the indoor portrait of John. Thanks Lindsay for the phone snap!


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