When a creative guru called, Brian Smale got creative.


Shooting portraits that capture the spirit of a creative genius might be a daunting proposition for some photographers. Not Brian Smale. When author, blogger, podcaster, entrepreneur and world-renowned creativity guru Roy Sharples contacted him about shooting some author photos to use on his books, website and social media, Brian rose to the challenge. He proposed a gritty, industrial B&W look, since Seattle has a lot of great outdoor options that hit that sweet spot between grunge and magic. He scouted some locations that Roy loved, and on the day, the weather cooperated for the two hours of available light you get in Seattle in December. A few more shots in a nearby studio rounded out the day. And now, a few months later, these images are all over the internet and all over the planet.