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Dan Ivanoff On Top…Of The Roof

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Blog

Cover photo for Seattle Business April 2009 of CEO Dan Ivanoff.  Photo by John Keatley.

Schnitzer West CEO, Dan Ivanoff, on the roof of one of his newest office towers at 818 Stewart in Seattle.  Schnitzer West is a commercial real estate company operating in the Pacific Northwest, and they are currently working on the new Amazon.com campus, and The Bravern in Bellevue.  On the right side of the frame is yet another Schnitzer West tower being constructed.  This is the cover photo for the April 2009 issue of Seattle Business Monthly.  The Real Estate issue.  

I was amazed to see blue sky when I got to the roof, because it had been snowing earlier that morning.  I was thinking we were going to have to shoot inside.  My assignment was to photograph Dan for cover and a full page opener.  I was told I had an hour with him, which often means about 15 minutes, and that proved to be true.  Turns out that Dan was doing all of the welding himself on the tower behind him, so he had to get back before the lunch whistle.  I guess the economy is effecting everyone.  Even CEO’s.  But isn’t Dan the one who blows the lunch whistle?  I can’t believe I fell for that.  

This image was not in the plans, but I reacted to the location and the sky when the clouds began to develop.  I had to work fast to get all of the shots that I needed and save time for this one.  It was the last shot of the day, and once again, the last shot wins.