For The World-Herald’s annual college football preview section, Deputy News and Presentation Editor Tim Parks decided to used a political campaign theme. Armed with signs, balloons and an Uncle Sam hat, I photographed 11 Husker football players as though they were stumping on the campaign trail.
In the concourse of Memorial Stadium, I set up a temporary studio with four lights and a backdrop. We were going for a bright white background, so I used a white cloth backdrop hung from stands and lit with two flashes. A few feet in front of that, I set up two soft boxes for soft, even light.
Designers Jay St. Pierre and Parks were on hand to help direct and carry equipment, which I appreciated! With shoots like this, we always have a limited amount of time with our subjects, so we set up the lights an hour before we were scheduled to see players. Once the guys arrived, we were able to move them through quickly, only taking about five minutes of each player’s time.
Defensive end Eric Martin was a great sport, hamming it up with our Shepard Fairey-inspired poster of head coach Bo Pelini.
Of course, as any politician knows, you have to kiss a few babies along the campaign trail. Special thanks to the Waldman family of Omaha!
Kenny Bell did his best Uncle Sam pose, made famous by the 1917 J.M. Flagg poster.
And Spencer Long made his push for the Husker “pipeline.”
To see the rest of the photos from this shoot and read much, much more about the college football season to come, pick up a Sunday World-Herald on Aug. 26. And head to Omaha.com’s Big Red Today for the latest Husker news.