@MichelleObama - Portraits of FLOTUS
Portraits of the First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama.

I was commissioned by Nilay Patel, Editor-in-Chief of The Verge, to shoot a series of portraits of the Michelle Obama, the First Lady on location in the formal dining room of the White House in Washington, DC.

These photographs were an integral part of an exclusive feature created by The Verge team to illustrate just how well the Michelle Obama has mastered social media. The final feature comprised of a 3000 word feature written by Kwame Opam; these photographs and the ‘pièce de résistance’: an incredible 360 video interview complete with custom animations and graphics.

The opening photograph was first sketched out as a concept while I was on the New York subway heading to our first pre-production meeting. After the portrait shoot at the White House, I then shot a series of various hands holding smart phones in The Verge’s photo studio, and then cut out and comped together all of the elements images in Photoshop.

As a counterpoint to the conceptual lead image, I also took a ’selfie’ portrait of the First Lady with members of her White House team. The photograph is one single frame. Nothing—apart from some basic grading and clean up—has been added or removed. The same is largely true of the other portraits of Michelle Obama. I wanted to make sure that everything was as natural as possible.

Despite the conceptual nature of the main lead image, these images really do accurately convey the fact that we took an orange seamless and a few lights into the White House to photograph this remarkable and inspiring woman.

See the final feature on The Verge HERE

Watch the 360 Video on YouTube (best watched on phone or tablet) HERE

Client: The Verge
Commissioned by: Nilay Patel / The Verge
Photographer: James Bareham
Retouching: James Bareham / David Fish (cut-outs)
Executive Producer: Tre Shallowhorn
@MichelleObama - Portraits of FLOTUS
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@MichelleObama - Portraits of FLOTUS

A series of portraits of the First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama shot exclusively for The Verge
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