I've spent the past fortnight working on photos for the release of Unilever's Sustainable Living Plan, which happened on Monday. It was the first time I've been behind the scenes of a major multinational company running a large media event, and it was pretty impressive. Jonathan Dimbleby chaired the morning, and the video production was very slick.
I photographed Paul Polman (Unilever's CEO) and Dave Lewis (President of Unilever's Americas arm) with the company's new Pureit water filter as part of the build up to Monday's event. I love these sorts of shoots, as you're lucky if you get five minutes with the person before they are whisked off to face their next challenge. So - lots of prep, prelighting and hunting around for people the same size as the subject to stand in for the test shots. There was a massive reflection of the 5' octa on the window behind Paul (top picture). Unilever's London office has a lot of glass - so rather than fight it, I lined up the reflection with the top of the filter unit to block it out and backlight the water. Check out the lighting on the glass in his hand!