This photo shoot was very intense and so much fun! It was the first time that I had every photographed for a real estate land developer, and to be honest, I had no idea what to expect.
ARGO is a leading-edge land development company with more than 25 years of experience. They have a dedicated team of driven industry experts that rivals the largest developers in the Nation with a streamlined and nimble operation which enables them to provide a competitive advantage.
Their core mission is to develop thriving, sustainable communities that people want to live in. Their team of professionals efficiently direct the development process with a focus on preserving natural resources while integrating new greenspaces to be enjoyed by present and future generations. With over 25 years' experience, ARGO has created and continues to develop livable communities in some of the most desirable locations.
I met with Scott Bland, president of Argo's Florida Division, and he explained his vision and the details of the job. He introduced me to the job supervisor and made arrangements for me to be on site the following week.
I arrived wearing jeans and boots, which was a very wise decision based upon the deep black sand that I had to walk through. With a camera thrown over each shoulder, I began walking towards the divers. I was so fascinated and freaked out at the same time. The divers were in this murky, muddy water, installing underground pipes. I was blown away as I watched how it was done, documenting it all with my camera. There is a huge sense of trust between the diver and the crane operator, as the crane lowers large pipe and heavy equipment down to the diver. All parties have to be alert and work together to ensure the safety of the divers.
One of the things that made this job so intense for me, was the huge trucks racing by me, blowing up gigantic clouds of black dirt. I had to pay close attention to where I was walking, stopping and shooting. I had no idea that photographing for a land developer could be such an adrenaline rush and dirty job. Lol!
All of the workers were happy to see a female on the job site, which made my job easy when photographing them.
As a commercial photographer, I am always challenged by the new opportunities that I receive; and photographing for Argo Land Development was a real treat.