You have three minutes to photograph Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis in a hotel room. Go!


posted Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM EDT

Ferrill-and-galifinakis-logoPhotographer Jeff Lautenberger of The Dallas Morning News recently had what would seem to be a plum assignment: photograph actor/comedians Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis together as part of a story about the duo's upcoming movie, The Campaign.

But, as with all "plum" assignments in journalism, there was a catch. Lautenberger would only get three minutes with Ferrell and Galifianakis and the setting would be a sterile hotel room.

No, not the ideal circumstance but a situation that's not unusual for a photographer working a celebrity press tour.

Lautenberger says his "directions were simple."

"Go to the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Dallas, ask for a special elevator key to a hospitality suite, and wait for Will and Zach to show up. Once they arrived, I was told I’d have exactly three to maybe four minutes of shooting time before they had to move on.

There was not much to work with. It was a typical hotel bedroom, which still had luggage and bags leftover from assistants and staff on the Campaign press tour. Thankfully, the bed was made. Even more important were the two windows that had soft white curtains acting as a natural softbox; I knew I’d have no time to set up artificial lighting in the short time I was given."

What kind of photos was Lautenberger able to get out his brief time with the two comedians? Click the link here and find out. Also, check out the behind-the-scenes video of the shoot below.

How do you think Lautenberger did with the finished photos given the tight parameters? Sound off in the comments below.

(Via Reddit)