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Not for the Weak at Heart (no pun intended)

I was contacted by a medical manufacturing company from Texas to shoot a product in it’s environment, the surgery room.  The first thing I asked was if I would be shooting during a surgery.  The answer was “nah, don’t think so”. Phew! I thought, yeah right.  To be honest I am not really a product photographer ( I know, shocking ) and was surprised when Rick, the graphic designer from the manufacturing company, hired me after looking at my wedding work– I actually almost referred them to another tog in town.

It turns out that it was one of the most intriguing, exciting, remarkable, experiences I’ve had shooting.  Why?  Because of the product’s technology and what it can do.  It’s truly amazing!  The equipment is too cool for me to try and explain in my own words so you can read it here if you’d like to know more.

At first it really wasn’t easy to watch the surgeons in the midst of open heart surgery, I could only take quick glances, fearing that I would either toss my cookies or faint.  After a while I began to get used to it and was relieved that when they used the electric saw, I was not up close and personal to witness it, I only heard it.  Ha!

Although it was bordering the icky side, it truly was one of the best experiences I’ve had in photography because it was different, challenging, beautiful, and thrilling, all at the same time.  The technology we have today, Wow!  Thanks for the fun experience Rick and Richard, it really was a pleasure working with you guys!

l - r: Surgeon, Richard/co-developer of device, Rick/graphic designer

l - r: Surgeon, Richard/co-developer of device, Rick/graphic designer

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Excuse me, Doc, can you hold my lens for a minute? Actually that's Richard explaining in detail the surgical procedure. Amazing!

Excuse me, Doc, can you hold my lens for a minute? Actually that's Rick holding the lens and Richard explaining in detail the surgical procedure. Amazing!

The wires are what they use to put the ribs back together.

The wires are what they use to put the ribs back together. I know right, probably something that you didn't need to know about.

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