Here’s a story of how small Fresno really is – or even the world for that matter. I got a call recently from a woman named Chelsea who asked if I could do her attorneys’ office photos. I said “of course”, and then when I asked about further information about her company I realized that I knew one of the partners. Toni Lerandeau of Lerandeau & Lernandeau in Fresno and I had been friends for a few years but she didn’t know that I was running a side photography business.
While working for the Bee she contacted me about photographing kids at her son’s school who would be putting flags out on veterans’ graves for Memorial Day. I didn’t have much going on that day so I went out and made some nice photos of the class putting the flags out including Toni’s son. After chatting I realized I used to work with Toni’s sister at the last paper I worked at. Tonya was also a photographer and was doing an internship at the Appeal-Democrat in Marysville. Well that was amazing to both of us and we remained friends and stayed loosely in touch for the past few years.
That’s when Chelsea called. So I gave her my proposal and was happy to find out Toni and her husband Paul Lerandeau had said that they chose me to their attorney’s office photos including head shots and group shots. We had some fun doing those photos in the lobby of their Fresno office. I set up lights to work with the cool backdrop art they had there right in the lobby. We even did a nice image of Paul in a chair looking like the Godfather.
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