As a lover of barbecue and soul food I was pleased to be a part of Bon Appétit’s most recent Southern Food issue. I was assigned to photograph Ed Helms, star of The Office, who grew up in Atlanta but now works out of Los Angeles. The picture was to accompany a Q & A that focused on Ed’s taste for boiled peanuts.
Ed was shooting The Office that day so we had him super early—our wrap time was 8:45 AM! The whole crew, and props, including a big green tractor, arrived promptly at 6 AM, we all worked hard and fast to be ready for the talent. Call Time for Ed arrived and … nothing. After a number of nervous calls from the publicist he arrived.
His time with us was brief but Ed’s truly a pro. He hit his mark and delivered the goods in record time. And I took the opportunity to go a little rogue, and work without a tripod.
After photographing him in a tub of boiled peanuts he was off to his day job, and we were left with eight pounds of boiled nuts and not a Southerner in sight to take them off of our hands.
Learn more about working with talent, time crunches, and when to go rogue, from Chris this summer:
The Surprising Portrait
with Chris Buck
July 1 - July 6, 2012