Boran Zaza, Pianist & Marketing Manager at Orchestre Classique de Montréal
Who did I shoot?
Boran hails to us from Kurdistan, Iraq. She’s a multi-lingual pianist, and currently works as the Orchestre Classique de Montréal’s Marketing Manager. If you want to find out more about her, go and follow her on her Instagram @boran.zaza!
Where did we shoot?
At Pianos Bolduc in Montréal.
Useful to know
If you want to choose a location yourself, keep in mind that things can look very different in-camera than with your own eyes. How much light is there? What color(s) is the light? Where does it come from? Are there any interesting shapes/lines the photographer can use? Can you move around? Just a few of the considerations your photographer has to make. If you and me do a shoot, I will work with you to find the best location to suit your shoot.
It was the middle of February. Boran came to me with a last-minute request for photos, and because I love working with Boran, I agreed on shooting with her on my last availability - 10am on a Thursday. I had a flight leaving to Germany only five hours later- but I was confident we’d make it. On the way to the shoot, my tire got caught in a giant pothole and exploded. I’d never changed a tire before, and there was no time. So I left it in a residential area and took an Uber to the shoot, 40 mins late. Once we finished the shoot, I took an Uber back to my car, and in -20 degrees, proceeded to call my friend and have him coach me through the tire change. I looked at my watch - 1pm. 2 1/2 hours until my flight leaves. Okay.
I finished up the tire change, but knew I couldn’t drive to the airport on a spare tire. Not in the midst of winter on the highway. So I drove to my cousin’s to drop it off there, and take a Car2Go to the airport. However, my cousin’s driveway was covered in ice, and my car got stuck in a snowbank. Look at my watch - 1:45pm. My plane would take off in 1 hour and 45 mins. No panic. But they do tell you to arrive at least 1 1/2 hours in advance before your international flight takes off.
Through some miracle maneuvering, I got the car out of the snowbank. Took my suitcase. Dragged it through snow-covered sidewalks to the next available Car2Go. I unlocked it, threw my suitcase in, sat in the driver’s seat, breathed. Everything would be alright now. 2pm.
Or would it? As I proceeded pulling onto the highway, the car in front of me splashed mud all over my windshield. Oh great - the windshield wiper fluid was empty! I saw absolutely nothing. On the highway. In the winter. So I opened the window, pulled my head out from time to time to get an idea of what the road looked like. From inside, all I could see was silhouettes. Did I mention it was -20 degrees? And that I was late?
2:30pm. The Car2Go is parked. I take my suitcase. Get on the shuttle. Pass security with no problem. Arrive at my gate just in time for boarding. And made it to Germany the same day.
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Until next time,