The editorial team at The American Lawyer needed a photographer comfortable with creating a flattering and balanced group shot for the Cover Art of the annual Women Litigator issue. The creative team wanted to be contemporary and clean while remaining respectful to the four powerful litigators. Just a week after hurricane Sandy everybody involved needed to be flexible-but we only had a few hours to get it right before the talent was scheduled to fly out. Photo editor Maggie Soladay deserves more credit than I can express for balancing the schedule of four busy litigators traveling from around the country with the production headache of a flood damaged location.
I shot a range of images that build on similarities between these very strong and independent women with a direct personal connection to each. The mood board was built on soft, open lighting that would compliment each subject and tie the cover art, inside spread and individual portraits together.
Michel Leroy – Photographer
Joan Ferrell – Art Director
Maggie Soladay – Photo Editor
Flora Kay – Makeup Artist
Hiroyuki Yamazaki (Yuki) – Hair Stylist
Matt Simmons & Lucien Sims – Ace Crew
Feather Creative – Retouching
Special thanks to the very talented and flexible litigators:
Diane Sullivan of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Debra Pole of Sidley Austin (LA)
Mary Wells of Wells, Anderson & Race
Christy Jones of Butler Snow
Michel Leroy for The American Lawyer, Breast Implant Litigation Feature photo shoot in New York.