I had had the pleasure of working with Mayor Johnson since 2008 when he was running for Mayor of Sacramento. It was really interesting and exciting working with him and his staff and photographing his VIP fundraisers as he was campaigning. I’m glad to say we have kept in touch since he was elected and I have photographed him several times since. I also was hired to photograph the new Sacramento City Council members in December 2010 as well as a group portrait in council chambers.
The goal for this last portrait session was to get a relaxed, candid-style portrait for the mayor to use at City Hall as well as his website and press releases. We all had a good time with this session. The best way to get him to relax during the session was to have some of his staff members come along to distract him. Soon the mayor was telling stories and had everyone laughing, which resulted in this portrait.