Meet Bud Berma, the best Door-to-Door Hot Dog salesman in the business. Bud has been making his own hot dogs out of his basement for the past 9 years. He claims that his secret fresh ingredients and his charm are what sets him apart from his competition. Not to mention his "free samples" bucket. He guarantees quality and satisfaction. Bud says the collapse in the economy here has slowed business dramatically but he is still chasing his dream of sharing his wieners with the world.
After a long day of going door-to-door in the neighborhood, Bud's spirits were down as no one was biting on his dogs.
This was a fun shoot. I can't recall how I came up with the idea for this creepy salesman but my friend Danny Kirkland played the role perfectly after quite a few phone conversations over the past couple weeks. Big thanks to my other buddy Ashton Howard for letting us use his porch and nicely landscaped yard for the shoot. My goal was to show the character as larger than life and make people stop and think "What would I do if this guy showed up at my door?"
The shoot took place at noon and the sun was right above. Thankfully, we had some nice puffy white cloud coverage in our favor to help add to the background and also function as a diffuser when the sun would go behind them. So, the help of the cloud coverage put my ambient aperture settings at f/9.0 which was around where I wanted to be (shutter was at max sync speed of 1/200s and ISO was at its lowest setting of 100 on my Canon 7D). My main light source was a 40" Westcott Softbox with 2 Canon 430EXII's (both set to full power) and a 24" Photoflex Softbox with 1 Canon 430EXII (set to full power) for some fill. To get the larger than life feel, I shot with my Sigma lens at 17mm (probably around a 28mm equivalent since the 7D has a crop sensor).