Spending the afternoon with Michael Arrington at his home was a pretty fun experience. I don’t usually have the opportunity to photograph highly successful people away from their offices, let alone at their homes. I only got the call from Inc. Magazine for this assignment the day before the shoot, and I was asked not to take an assistant, given some privacy and security concerns. Thankfully he was not in any huge hurry, so I had time to set up properly without rushing too much. It was also a good exercise for me to remember how all of my gear works. I can’t let myself get too soft.
For those who are not familiar with Michael, he is the founder and former editor of TechCrunch, a technology blog. Michael has been called one of the most powerful people on the Internet by Forbes and Wired, and in 2008, he was listed by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world. Just days ago, the news broke that Michael has left TechCrunch to start a $20M venture capital fund.
Michael has been described as controversial and outspoken, and when Michael found out that I have never tasted coffee, he pushed harder than anyone ever has to try to get me to break. He also jabbed me quite a bit for using a Sprint EVO. Hey, I’ll let people make fun of me all day long, as long as I’m getting great images out of it. Strong personality, for sure, but I really liked him. He was fun to work with.
Read the Inc. article this photo shoot was for: The Way I Work: Michael Arrington of TechCrunch