Whenever I find myself with access to individuals who are a big damn deal, my goal for portraits is to get in as close as possible. It's kind of more and more become an obsession in the past year. This past Saturday evening I photographed National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell and Peter McLoughlin, Seattle Seahawks President and CEO of Vulcan Sports & Entertainment. Both were attending the 8th Annual Brain Injury Gala at The Westin Seattle in celebration of the passage of youth concussion legislation in all 50 states. Many of these laws were modeled after Washington state's first-in-the-nation "Zackery Lystedt Law".
From the press release: Four years ago, Commissioner Goodell attended the BIAWA's 4th Annual Gala and made a commitment to offer the NFL's support and leadership to ensure passage of youth concussion laws throughout the country. Through the NFL's dedication and that of the 32 clubs to advocate before every state legislature, and the Commissioner's willingness to contact the governor of every state that did not have a law on the books, every state has now adopted laws to protect youth athletes.