Bloomberg Pursuits UN Cover Story Shoot Required Four Months of Negotiations

BloombergPursuitsSpring2014Anyone who has signed a check for an expense that has yet to be officially approved by their media company’s accounting department will be able to relate. The following is taken from Paige Cooperstein’s very informative Business Insider look at what went into the making of Bloomberg Pursuits‘ Spring 2014 issue cover story:

“The paperwork literally wasn’t complete until Wednesday, January 8th at 3:45 p.m. and the photo crew started loading in at 6 p.m. that day,” said Brenda Milis, director of photography for Bloomberg Pursuits.

What really pushed the agreement to the wire was the UN’s $4,309 location fee. The business division of Bloomberg couldn’t okay the charge without a W-9 form, but the UN doesn’t have a W-9 because the international organization doesn’t pay taxes. [Bloomberg Pursuits editor Ted] Moncreiff cut the check himself for the location on the day of the shoot and crossed his fingers that he would get reimbursed later. (He was, thanks to a different document that satisfied the magazine.)

The Bloomberg Pursuits photo spread is the most extensive magazine look yet at the results of a recent $2.1 billion United Nations headquarters renovation. For the two-day fashion shoot, as Cooperstein notes, the publication relied on a suitably international roster of models: Christina Kruse (German), Alex Manning (Japanese mother) and Edwin Gill (parents from St. Thomas).

That’s Gill on the cover, shot by Ralph Mecke. Gill became a model after serving in Iraq and is part of the relatively small group of black models to appear on the cover of a U.S. luxury magazine. The issue hits newsstands March 14; click through to Cooperstein’s piece for inside photos and many more details.