For Sam + Bogart’s “The Getaway” shoot, I worked with the couple for several weeks on the vision of the shoot. They both loved and identified with the 1970s film, The Getaway, and the characters played by Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw. We modeled the shoot after this concept. Bogart had a good friend in SLC who restored classic cars and kept dozens of them in a private lot. He also knew a few guys with incredible gun collections. We locked in use of the location and cars for the day, brought on hair, make-up, and a few assistants and went for it. We worked hard and had a really fun day. The eccentric couple now has a unique collection of images that will forever embody their youthful, professional, and somewhat dangerous dynamic.
“Working with Keith was truly a pleasure. Sam and I did two shoots a couple years apart and both felt very collaborative. Before shooting we were able to meet, peruse precedent ideas, propose new ones and ultimately build a platform which both gave us direction but allowed freedom to adapt to the setting and mood of the shoot. We were looking to create images of us that we could not only use to mark time but could offer of glimpse of how we view and experience life. For me, the most important aspect was to break away from the sweater-in-the-fall-leaves family photo shoot, and make pictures that will prompt those who see them to ask questions about how they came about. Sam appreciated Keith’s ability to create an atmosphere that was fun and comfortable which allowed us to push the boundaries of our original vision.
Full disclosure, we are friends of Keith. That said he was a consummate professional in terms of delivery, but also in terms of challenging ideas that weren’t worth pursuing and fleshing out those that had promise.” –Bogart McAvoy, Salt Lake City, Utah
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