When CEO's know how to have fun

I must say, when I am handed an assignment to shoot a CEO for a “Reno’s Most Influential People” article, I am sort of intimidated.  I’m not really sure why, but when I hear CEO, I think of a boring portrait shot of a guy in a suit who barely has time for me.  Luckily, when I shot David LaPlante, CEO of Twelve Horses (a “relationship marketing and messaging company”), I got quite the opposite.  David is definitely not your typical CEO as you will find in the accompanying article.  It was actually his idea to meet at a night club instead of his office and it was his idea to shoot the photo standing under the deer antlers.  I had thought about putting him under the antlers, but I immediately dismissed the idea– what CEO would want to have his picture on the front page of the business section with deer antlers coming out of his head?? The answer– David LaPlante.  Definitely a cool guy:

David LaPlante Captains of Industry

David LaPlante Captains of Industry

David LaPlante Captains of Industry

4 Responses to “When CEO's know how to have fun”

  1. August says:

    Well-lit, nice change of composition on the photos, solid work.

  2. Taylor says:

    I really love his expression in number 2.

  3. iashe says:

    Belt buckle in number 3 = great detail. I love it.

  4. John,

    Just got a Google alert on this post and was stoked to read it. Thanks so much for the kind words and even better the great photos. You’ve done what most photographers can not which is actually make me appear less bald and gray than I am.

    Great to bump into you at TDN both days. And I was at Chautauqua Sunday night and saw you taking photos there…so three days in a row we were in close proximity.

    Great blog…love your photos. You have a cool job. I love taking photos and wish I was half as good as you. So beware, next time I see you I’m going to suck knowledge out of you!


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