Introducing the New Heritage Hall at the University of Southern California. Home to USC Trojan Athletics, Heritage Hall is the only place you can touch all six USC Heisman trophies, including O.J. Simpson’s! An iconic area transformed and doubled in size – a dream project for an architectural photographer.
The 35 million dollar renovation required a multiple day shoot that had its start delayed due to construction. This renovation was a major change from the 1971 original all brick building transformed by DLR Group into a light-filled modernized space with front to back glass façades.
Weather challenged us the very first day on set. With two assistants to coordinate, we managed to cooperate with the overhead stormy clouds. We had one assistant radioing us from a ¼ mile away when he found a clear blue patch in the cloud-clustered sky – waiting for the perfect moment to shoot.
We were also confronted with tours every thirty minutes – we couldn’t help but laugh. Having groups of 30-50 people in the photograph was a little bit more Social Space than we needed. We played the waiting game and even took advantage of our resources by asking a few tour members to pose in our shots!
We wanted to create a unique atmosphere to tell the story of Heritage Hall and it’s function: to bring together athletes and education in one location. To make this possible, Brenda Huelsbeck and her team at DLR Group helped us gain access to off-limit areas and coordinate terrifically with USC Trojan Athletics.
During our shoot, the most difficult part was that we couldn’t actually photograph any student athletes. We populated the spaces with people who fit the profile of athletes with more help from the tour groups and volunteers at DLR Group. And when shooting the Women of Troy student athletes’ lounge and locker room, the assistants did their best to charm some lovely ladies to fill in for our team.
After multiple days of shooting from dawn to dusk we were able to capture 54 images in 3 days. From celebrating in the conference room with DLR Group team members to getting the perfect reflection on the glass at sunset, the overall shoot at USC Heritage Hall was a success. Fight On!