Photographer’s dream CEO
I did my first shoot for Houchin Community Blood Bank and their CEO Greg Gallion in 2010. Minutes after meeting Greg, I knew that, photographically speaking, this was a different kind of chief executive officer. We shot at the farmland in southwest Bakersfield that had been donated to HCBB by agricultural giant Bolthouse Farms. It is the site of the new HCBB, state-of-the-art facility. Greg was completely at ease in front of the camera, and was having fun, too. He scooped up a bunch of carrots from a recent harvest of the land, and playfully posed with them, giving me all the time I needed to shoot. I also learned that Greg and HCBB valued what I consider to be the most effective form of corporate photography – real world, journalism style pictures of their operations. It takes a little extra work, consent must be obtained and releases must me signed, but the end result is photos of HCBB’s operations as they really are. Real donors giving blood, real staff doing their work. I’ve been shooting regularly for HCBB as this company so vital to the community moves forward, and my photos of Greg are always fun.