Take me through the process of how _The Wall Street Journal _assigns you an individual to shoot?
I receive a phone call, and if I'm available I'll accept the assignment. Sometimes the shoot details—like time, duration and location—are already set, and other times I'll need to call up the subject (or their public relations person) to figure out these details. If possible, I call the subject beforehand to introduce myself. I make sure I know which section the portrait is for, as a news article might require a different approach than an arts feature. Sometimes (more often with magazine assignments) there's a conversation or two about art direction, which might cover where in the magazine the photo(s) will run and at what size.