Barbara called last night and asked if I could photograph an event that Donald Trump would be at tonight. I went, admittedly, not being the world's biggest Trump fan. I am a New Yorker and therefore know his real estate history, I have seen a couple of Apprentice episodes, and hear of his love life while waiting for the weather portion of the news. Honestly, I didn't understand the attraction.
Tonight I was milling around the entrance with the other photographers and reporters, waiting for him to arrive. When Trump walked in he and I made immediate eye contact. He held his gaze and walked straight towards me, paused, leaned forward and asked me who I was shooting for. Very intense. Now I get the charm, Trump can look at you and make you feel like you are the only person in a room of 250 people. When he stood for a photo, he stared right through me each time. I have some shots where no one in the group is looking my direction except for Trump who is staring right through the center of the lens. He gave a great speech too. Very warm, intimate, and funny.