Editorial photoshoot with Vicki Gunvalson

Last month I had the great pleasure of photographing Vicki Gunvalson.  Vicki is probably best known for her role on "Real Housewives of Orange County," which runs on Bravo, and her signature "Woo hoo."  But what most people don't know is that she is a powerhouse of a businessperson, with a $15M annuity business.  And that's why Retirement Advisor hired me to shoot Vicki for the cover of their magazine (above).

What added to the fun was that there was a film crew from Bravo there shooting me and my crew shooting Vicki.  OK, it wasn't as tight as stuffing as many people as you can into a Fiat 500, but we definitely had to work around all the gear and people in the transformed conference room.  Fortunately, the Bravo crew was terrific, so we all got what we needed, and had a lot of fun.

Testing the lighting.  Chimera Octabank and Chimera Strip.  Captured on the Pentax 645Z.

Testing the lighting.  Chimera Octabank and Chimera Strip.  Captured on the Pentax 645Z.

Daniel Sorrentino from Video Resources,Inc. setting sound levels for the video interview.

Daniel Sorrentino from Video Resources,Inc. setting sound levels for the video interview.

Bravo team with ENG and slider setup.

Bravo team with ENG and slider setup.

Editor Daniel Williams interviewing Vicki.

Editor Daniel Williams interviewing Vicki.

In addition to the stills, I also shot video of an interview that Daniel Williams, editor of the Magazine, conducted with Vicki.  She's got a great story, one of overcoming significant obstacles to become the person she is today.  Yet what impressed me most was her ease, kindness and humanity.  Asked what drives her most, she said "making a difference for the next generation."  

Woo hoo, indeed!