I've read so many blogs, and so many articles that talk about how photographers should always be ready with some form of camera. The idea is that you never know when an unexpected photo opportunity is going to present itself and you want to be ready.
My day job is with with the national plumbing company Roto-Rooter. I used to bring my camera in more often, and would photo-walk during lunch. I had started to back away from doing that but on this one particular day a few years ago I decided to bring in the Nikon P7000 high end point and shoot I had started using as a family camera.
The decision to bring the camera was a good one on that day. If you are fan of the show Ghost Hunters then you might be aware that they were plumbers who worked for Roto-Rooter by day. This particular day Jason Hawes was up in our office, and I had brought a camera (of course a good smart phone would be great too).
I was able to get a few shots with him while he was there. Nothing fancy, and just shots with a point a shoot, but I really liked one of the shots I took (the half face portrait above). It's not sharp, and by no means perfect, but when I shot it I envisioned something like this. I'd given myself the framework and used Lightroom and Photoshop to get the shot to where I had seen it in my mind.
Even cooler than just being able to get a shot is what happened next. I shared the shot and my friend Paul at work (Public Relations Director who worked with Jason & Grant at the beginning of the Ghost Hunters show regarding the Roto-Rooter tie in to the show) shared it with Jason. Jason must have thought it was cool as well, because for a short time he used it as his profile picture on his Facebook page.
For a plumbing company we have an unusual number of famous people. On the day I took the picture of Jason, I was able to get a two-for-one shot. We also have an Undercover Boss at our office. I see Rick regularly, but it was still fun to get this shot of Roto-Rooter's most famous employees!