by Christopher Armstrong on March 25, 2019
Behind-the-scenes (BTS) stories are the ultimate exercise in self-promotion. They challenge a photographer to take their skills they use on a daily basis making other people's products and services look great and apply it to themselves.
Every week, we'll showcase one of our member's BTS stories. These stories might showcase the attention to detail that a photographer gives to their client or a tool to convey their own personality and confidence — both of these traits are a must when dealing with agencies and clients. The stories can also show the vast amount of time and preparation that go into producing a large shoot.
This week's BTS showcase: Scott McDermott
Born in the US, Scott grew up in Switzerland, backpacked through the American West, and trekked Nepal's Himalayas before committing to a college life spent mostly in a darkroom in upstate New York. After several years as an assistant to a wide variety of NYC photographers, he struck out on his own, shooting athletes and extreme sports. Scott's work eventually shifted toward the athletes themselves and portraiture. This led to photographing many of the best creative minds in Hollywood, the music industry and the worlds of business and government. Along with his advertising and editorial work, Scott has created several personal projects including his “Scar Stories” portrait series, the highly acclaimed "Mandela Day” project capturing the hands and faces of many of those who support Nelson Mandela's message and a series of portraits accompanying the film Pop Culture about the fatherhood experience. In the last few years Scott has also made the shift to the moving image as a director on a variety of projects from commercial spots to short films. He is also an International Cinematographers Guild Local 600 member as a still photographer.