The photographs in these portfolios, Austin Middle School, San Juan School and Harlingen Aquatic Center, were produced for an architectural firm in Corpus Christy, TX that needed photos to enter in a special competition. The deadline for submission was the end of June, and they needed the photos of all three before the middle of June — but they didn’t contact me until around the 1st of that month!
The short timeline made for a lot of nervousness on my part because at that time we were having a lot of nasty weather; cloudy everyday, grey, overcast and a lot of rain. The three buildings were about 70 miles from my home base, so trying to guess what the weather was like on site from where I was was challenging.
I may not have been able to predict weather conditions, but having over 30 years’ experience as a professional architectural photographer I knew to expect certain kinds of problems. First, working with school districts is always laden with bureaucratic nightmares. It’s not as if the client provides you with all the permissions and access you need — they give me the name of a contact person at each location and list of what they’d like to see in the finished photos, and that’s the extent of their involvement.