Taun USA is a men’s skin care company, based in New York. When I was booked for this shoot, I’d expected these guys to be older, and the shoot to be pretty non-dynamic and low key.
Andrew and Tom, however, are a couple of buddies in their late 20’s who are great in business together. Ever seen the show Franklin & Bash? They’re totally those guys, just in the men’s grooming industry. They were tons of fun to work with, and really funny guys. It was easy to tell that they had a good time working together.
As for the shoot, it definitely wasn’t as low key as I’d expected. They’d signed an exclusive dealership in Seattle with Ward & Co., and needed a marketing campaign to do so. We ended up shooting outside on the sidewalk in the heart of Seattle’s Central Business District. How convenient, right?
Luckily, I’m experienced in shooting on the street. The biggest problem was the windows. I had to figure out a way to light both of the guys correctly, and keep the reflections of the strobes out of the windows. Safe to say, it wasn’t easy. Also, with pedestrians constantly walking by, I had to wait for a clear moment so they weren’t in the reflection either.
In the end, it was great to work with Taun USA, and if you’re an aging guy looking for better skin, I’d recommend them. They’re awesome.