A phone call from Business Jet Traveler is always welcomed. I know that I’ll be working with a heavyweight in the world of sports or business. This call was no different.
Jennifer English and I met up with Tony Robbins on the tarmac at the West Palm Beach airport in Florida. Tony is a big dude with a huge plane. It’s a Bombardier Global Express XRS to be exact. Tony and his team decided that conducting the interview on his newly remodeled corporate plane would be best. I sat in for the interview, making a few photos of Robbins’ facial expressions, body language and hand gestures.
I left the interview after 15 minutes to set up my profoto strobe gear. Earlier, The team at Atlantic Aviation and I had strategically positioned the aircraft away from the other planes, some belonging to Michael Jordan, Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg.
I walked back onto the airplane for the final minutes of the interview. It was great to listen as Tony talked about politics, entrepreneurship, growing up poor, charitable giving and much more. He’s usually talking to thousands of people in a crowd, but on that afternoon, I had a front row ticket to listen to one of the worlds greatest speakers… on his multi million dollar plane.
Most business types don’t like to have their photo made, but Tony showed great interest and patience while I worked the camera. The one conversation topic I can keep up with dealing with business moguls is golf. Tony talked about his game and some of the charity tournaments he plays in. I wrapped up the photography and he noticed that I didn’t make a photo showing the entire side of the plane. I said, “Well, let’s shoot one with you in it really quick!” He was happy to do so, and I was happy with the entire collection of photos.
Tony said his goodbyes to us on the tarmac as a lucky group of young entrepreneurs waited to meet him… maybe I’ll be photographing one of those people one day.
I got a call from Tony’s team after the article and photos ran in Business Jet Traveler magazine. So, if you see a photo of Tony at his private jet at Tony’s next speaking engagement, it might be mine.
Safe travels to Tony and his incredible team.