When I meet a person for the first time to take their photograph I try to get to know them a little bit. You can learn a lot about people just from how they communicate with you and their body language. I then try to put them into an environment and mood that best aligns with their personality. Here is a small sampling of headshots / portraits that I have taken over the last few months.
I was happy to see a photograph that I took at the IDEA Personal Trainer Institute last February was used as the cover photograph for the IDEA Fitness Journal in October, 2017. Over a dozen other photographs that I took at the Las Vegas IDEA World Convention were also on display in the magazine!
Ten years ago I had the pleasure of photographing Jenny and Josh's wedding at Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, MD. I received an email from Jenny asking if I would do a family photo shoot of she and Josh with the six year old daughter and two year old son at the same location as their wedding.
Of course, I said YES! It was hard to believe that it had been 10 years. They looked great, and their children were adorable.
This past quarter I have taken thousands of portraits of individuals that come from all walks of life. Wether I am photographing the NBA's All-time leading scorer, a consultant, a scientist, a chief executive, or a local golf pro, it all comes down to making them comfortable, getting to know them a little bit, and getting a photograph that truly reflects who they are.
The majority of my business is portraiture. I love the fact that I get to meet people from all walks of life, in different settings and all of them with their unique personality
My challenge and greatest enjoyment is to get to know each individual and get a glimpse into their personality and hopefully capture it in an image that reflects who they are.
Below are samples of a few of the people I have photographed over the last few months. The are aspiring actresses and models, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, high powered lawyers, and even the Penn State Nittany Lion.
Shooting portraits is always fun. As a photographer you show up having never met the person, possibly never seen the location before, and within a short time period you must pick the best location, setup the lighting, and develop a rapport with the person you are photographing.
I wish I had a dime for every client who tells me that they don't like having their picture taken. Fortunately, most of my clients are very interesting and accomplished individuals and it is very easy to strike up a conversation, and before they know it the photo shoot is over and we have some great portraits that capture their personality ... and we had a fun chat while doing it.
The best part of portrait photography is that you get to meet so many different people from all different walks of life. Over the last three months since my last blog post I have had the opportunity to meet executives from a large biotech/pharmaceutical corporation, financial planners/advisors from some of the most prestigious investment firms, the president of a local bank, the SVP of a large application software company, consultants ... and many more.
I have discussions ranging from curing cancer to what are the best places in ski out west. And in terms of locations we have been in conference rooms, lobbies, alley ways, hallways, staircases, decks, you name it ... whatever it takes to get the best photograph.
The environmental photographs below were taken in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern VA over the last few months.
When I take an environmental portrait, it is ussually photographed in the subject's normal environment, such as in their home or workplace, and typically illuminates the subject's life and surroundings.
By photographing a person in their natural surroundings, I am able to better illuminate their character, and therefore portray the essence of their personality, rather than merely a likeness of their physical features. By photographing a person in their natural surroundings, the subject will be more at ease, and so be more conducive to expressing themselves, as opposed to in a studio.
The following is a very small sample of the some environmental portraits that I have taken over the past few months.
The Metro Washington, DC Penn State Alumni Association Chapter called me a few weeks ago and asked if I wouldn't mind photographing the Nittany Lion around the National Mall. They said they had a Nittany Lion outfit and one of them would wear it and I could take photos of them around the Lincoln Memorial, The Washington Monument, and the Vietnam Memorial. Being a Penn State Alum, I, of course, said yes. I have to admit that I thought I would be photographing some knock off costume of the Nittany Lion.
I met Andrew Schlegel, the local membership chairman, at 6:30AM at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. When he opened the bag and showed me the outfit I realized this was the real deal, down to the teeth and ears. I had a great time and I got a lot of funny looks as I walked around the National Mall with a Lion.
You can view and purchase prints of the images here PSU Nittany Lion.
I always enjoy doing portraits / headshots. Each session is unique because every person who I photograph is unique. Getting their personality to show in their photograph is what makes portrait photography so interesting. Sometimes it is easy, other times it takes a bit more effort to get my client to relax and be themselves.