Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to know what has to be done and do it. On one spring day I received a call from an event planner. This planner knew that I had perfected the art of creating group photos and knew that I would be very interested in photographing the Presidents Cup. The President Cup was established in 1994 to have the best of the United States male golfers against an International Team representing the rest of the world less Europe.
This event took place at the Robert Trent Golf Club in Prince William County, Va.
Preparation for this high profile event was very important so about a week prior to the event I took a trip to the golf club and I discovered that from the vantage point that I was asked to create this photo I would be shooting into a window in which the sun backlight the subjects, and I would have no way to control it’s intensity. So I had a long conversation with the meeting planner and the PGA and talked them into putting up a backdrop. Without that backdrop I would not have had no control of the finished product.
On the day of the event 2 assistants and I approached the location and found thousands of people and hundreds of security. After going through that gauntlet of security we finally arrived to the room where we needed to set up for the photograph. As we were assembling the lights President Bill Clinton entered the room. President Clinton went to greet a gentleman in the far part of the room which I found out later was the Ambassador to Venezuela. Two minutes later President Clinton came over to us and introduced himself to my staff and myself. President Clinton asked us what we were there for and I told him, a few minutes later we were watching him on the big screen with the players. What a wow.
About 45 minutes after seeing President Clinton on the big screen we started to hear the lobby area start to get busy and realized that the players were on the way. Then in the next 10 minutes, Davis Love III, Tiger Woods, Greg Norman and both awaited instructions from us and the rest is history. The only thing missing in the photo is President Clinton, he had to get to the White House. The actual photo took about 3 minutes after the first photo was taken.
The players of the PGA were such class act to work with.
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