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Just Off The Press: Editorial Portrait of Phyllis Lambert, President of Canadian Center for Architecture for Surface Magazine

I’m always excited and filled with anticipation when I get assignments such as an editorial portrait for a magazine. I like the challenge of shooting in a location I don’t know with someone I have never met.

For that specific assignment, the editor of Surface Magazine, the american magazine in contemporary design, contacted me to create a portrait of the president of the Canadian Center for Architecture, Phyllis Lambert. When her staff reached out to me to plan the shoot, they told me she would only have a limited amount of time for the shoot, around 30min.

Because I usually like my shoots to be efficient and short, I came to the meeting early and walked through the Canadian Center for Architecture in order to find 2-3 possible locations for the shoot. As required by the client I also took some details of the place like you can see below.

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Also, keep in mind that when shooting this kind of assignment, it’s key to be able to assess how long your subject has and make it as short as possible. In that case it took us 15 minutes to create the variety of portraits.From the options I gave to my client, he selected these 2 portraits, then used the later one for the final publication.


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David Giral is a published Montreal/Toronto based editorial and commercial professional photographer specialized in architecture, interiors, portrait and travel photography.

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