Chip Henderson

November 15, 2012 by R A Z G O


“I am a location photographer that has specialized in advertising, golf, and marketing photography for the past 20 years. We have worked with Marketing Directors, Creative Directors, Director of Golf, and Graphic Designers alike throughout the years to create targeted and alluring brochures, campaigns, and signature shots. Our lifestyle, architecture, and landscape shots stop people amongst the glut of photos across the internet.

Uniquely, I scout all my own locations. This valuable pre-production understanding of planning and coordination is what enables me to land at a new job site and prepare a detailed production schedule for the upcoming shoot. It also allows for the right lighting, props and talent to be ready for each and every scene captured on a given day. This enables me to shoot more in a long day of photography from first light until the day’s end, sometimes long after dark, making the most of your time and resources.

I would love to talk with you personally about developing a process to capture your Signature Shots.”

Chip Henderson

Chip Henderson – Photo Interview

Name: Chip Henderson Photography
May 16, 1957
Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications  @ Oral Roberts University, Tulsa Oklahoma

Color: Blue

Book: The Bible

Movie: Hoosiers

Food: Spaghetti

Favorite Quote:  Let there be Light

For how long have been in photography? 30 plus years

How did you start?
I had a headmaster at my school ask me if I would take over the photography duties after the school student photographer had graduated.  My father had owned an advertising agency and I thought it would be an interesting hobby.

How would you define yourself as an artist?
It is all about the light.  So much of  art, whether it be paintings, drawing and photography is how the light is maniulated and captured to produce an exquisite piece of art versus an ordinary piece of nothing.

Where do you find inspiration?
From all forms of creative means, whether it be the classical muscians, the master painters , photographers or writers.

Is Brainstorming  not the only creative method  use to create new concepts?
Visualization is also a subset of  brainstorming as you are able to view a scene and see how it could be photographed.  I conduct all my own scouting trips to enable me to see my locations prior to beginning the production process that leads to the actual photography of an assignment.

Please could you tell us about photography and digital technology?
It enables me to avoid all the technical concerns that film gave the creative process.  You have more flexibility to work on your composition and lighting  versus worrying about the limited range that film gave you.  Also helps to have a preview available versus shooting a polaroid proof.  With lifestyle photography, especially, you shoot various scenes so much faster and with more spontaniety.  And with landscapes you do not need to shoot nearly as many frames as you can capure the scene with more limited bracketing.  

Did you work for lnterntonal brands? Which ones?
The Marriott and Ritz Carlton Brands with their resorts,  Chris Craft Boats,  PGA Golf.

Did you work with Top models? How was your collaboration with them?
I have worked with models for many resorts and travel destinations.  The ones that can immediately go to character are worth every dollar that they are paid.  But just an attractive person does not help with lifestyle shoots where you need someone to immediately bond with one another in a scene.  Nothing is more aggrevating than having a gorgeous couple physically- but have to be given micro instructions as to what to do, ie.  Walk on the beach, uh, hold her hand, uh, swing her in the air, uh, walk in the water.  By the end of the day you want to scream- Just Act and do what is natural !

Which of your projects has given you the most satisfaction?
Almost everything that I shoot I love because my clients appreciate great photography. A week shooting at Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic on an amazing golf course, shooting Chris Craft boats on a lake and the studio,  Building sand castles and photographing Donald Trump with them in West Palm Beach , Florida.

 List of your clients?
Pinehurst Golf Resort,  Hershey,  Riz Carlton, Marriott, The Doral in Miami, Chris Craft Boats,  Hutchins  and Hatteras Yachts, The Outer Banks Tourism, Toll Brothers

Best and worst experience?
Bad weather always stinks and I have seen my share, bugs in every tropic or humid locale but overall I have had few bad experiences and mostly patience in convincing the client that sooner or later- I will get the shot.   Any assignment that takes me and my crew on a shoot is a great experience.

Who are the photographer’s you admire the most?
Ansel Adams and what he did with light and too many others that today work their tails off to get that great image.  But I have no respect for the whiners and cruisers that just get by without going the extra mile to produce great work.   

What about architects and designers?
I may know the work but not the individuals.