So when I had the opportunity to meet and photograph Niklas at the 2015 London edition of NOAH, I got to work quickly.
As luck would have it, I had just photographed Niklas onstage at Slush just two days prior, and this made for a great opening talk. And like most high profile people I photograph, Niklas had arrived only moments before taking the stage, and was on his way out the door to a meeting upon wrapping things up on stage.
Niklas Zennstrom is a tall man man. I am not a short man. However, in the vertically winning catagory, Niklas has me by a few centimeters. For this shot, I wanted to be at eye level and had to stand on a chair and lean in to get things just right. As he’s a busy guy, I knew this was going to be another Branson moment, and I joked with him that I could get it in four shots.
I always like to take two shots of each composition, just to make sure that everything is perfect. Sometimes a subject will be just about to blink, or not quite dialed in with me and the camera, or, or or…thus the two shots. For Niklas, I had a one light and a two light setup ready to go. I fired the first shot with just one flash, and then got the second. I then switched on the second flash, took the shot, and after a quick in camera review, instantly decided that the one flash was the way to go.
I thanked Niklas and told him that we were done. He asked, “What about the fourth shot?” My response? “Niklas, you’re so good, I actually got it on the first shot.” He smiled, nodded, handed me his business card, and was out the door.