Madison Development Corp. Recap

May 02, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

At the beginning of March, I received an email asking if I'd be available for a shoot. The conversation didn't get very far until the person who had emailed me realized that they weren't going to need a photographer after all. Although the client said that they'd be in touch for future projects, I had heard that enough to know not to hold my breath. Turns out, they were serious, and two weeks later they sent me an email asking if I was available the next day for a headshot. 


The next day, not surprisingly, I showed up way before the shoot. After getting ready for the shoot mentally with the extra time I had, I went and met the contact. It was at this point that the contact requested that I also take a photo of a mural in their entrance and to have the edited photos by the next day. Not only was the mural maybe 15 feet tall, but it was also in a stairwell. Thinking I wouldn't need my 24mm since this was supposed to just be a portrait shoot, I ALMOST left it at home. For whatever reason, I thought to myself, "it doesn't weigh that much or take up that much room, I might as well bring it." I'm incredibly grateful I did now.


Even with my 24mm, there was no way to photograph the mural in such a tight space. After thinking quickly, I decided the only way to get a photo of the mural straight on would be to take a handful of photos and stitch them together in post like a panorama. I'm not sure how wide of a lens I would have needed to get this photo without stitching it together, but I'm pretty sure it would have had to have been a fisheye. After the mural photos, I met the subject for the headshot, Frank. It took me a couple of minutes to set up my stuff, and even less time to take actually take the headshot. 


I began editing the photos as soon as I got home, and managed to meet the 4 p.m. deadline the next day. 


Here are all of the photos. I included a photo of the mural I took without stitching it together, which I could only do by standing off to the side. 

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Dan Pomykalski (PAWM-I-KALS-kee) is a portrait photographer based in Madison, WI. Dan works with both individual clients and larger organizations, such as the Wisconsin Alumni Foundation, the Janesville Jets, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and the University of Wisconsin-Rock County. Dan was also the photo editor for the student-run newspaper at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the Royal Purple, for the 2013 Spring and 2013 Fall semesters. Although Dan's clients are mostly from the Dane County area, he is more than happy to travel wherever necessary. 

Dan's photographs have been described as impressive, dramatic, and beautiful. Dan doesn't offer the cheapest prices, and his work reflects that. The client can expect a stress-free experience and high-quality photos to be delivered in a timely fashion. 

Dan's favorite part about his job is the overwhelmingly positive reactions his photos always receive from his clients, their friends, and their family members. The photos Dan produces are just as important to him as they are to his clients, and his ultimate goal is always to create the absolute best photographs he can.


Although Dan is primarily a portrait photographer, he has ample amounts of experience in other types of photography such as weddings, events, product photography, real estate, and sport photography.


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