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.
The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce held their 2012 Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards at the McLean Hilton in Tysons Corner, VA. The awards were presented at the Chamber’s Annual Chairman’s Luncheon before a record-breaking audience of nearly 700 members of the business community, elected officials and other community leaders. The Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards honor business leadership and above-and-beyond corporate social responsibility. The nominations period took place from January-March 2012, and finalists and winners were selected by an independent selection committee.
I photographed the reception prior the luncheon as well as the awards luncheon. You can see the entire set of photographs by going the the Chambers Flickr site:
IDEA Personal Trainer Institute is a diverse and cutting-edge educational program / conference exclusively for personal trainers. They held it this year at the Hilton in Alexandria, VA. This is the third IDEA conference that I have photographed, and there is never a dull moment.
There are a number of classroom setting sessions, but the majority of the sessions are very interactive and are lead by some of the top training instructors in the world such as Todd Durkin who trains professional athletes like Aaron Rogers (QB of the Green Bay Packers) and Drew Brees (QB of the New Orleans Saints). We also setup a little studio onsite and bring in some of the attendees to demonstrate various exercises and routines.
Professional, unique Executive Portraits / Head-shots can significantly raise the professionalism of a client's website. Photographs of executives that look like they were taken photograph a point and shoot camera, or dated pictures that look like they were taken a decade ago, can reflect poorly on a company.
Clients are looking for fresh and clean style, quite often in a location setting, to set themselves apart. The following photographs were taken over the last month. Some of the photos were taken outside the client's office building, in a "borrowed" law office, inside the client's office, and some in my studio.
ASCE held their annual holiday party at the McLean VA Hilton Hotel. Over 200 employees and their guests enjoyed a great evening of good food, good drinks, good dancing, good friends and most of all good cheer. Awards were given out for years of service, and a raffle was held with the grand prize being an Apple Ipad II!
One of my clients in Reston, VA, ScienceLogic, asked me to photograph their new headquarters building in Reston, VA. I waited until late evening to photograph the building to take advantage of a beautiful setting sunlight on the building. The pond and the water fountain really helped frame the photograph.
Posted by Reston, VA Architectural Photographer - Len Spoden
I have a number of clients that frequently need portraits of their executives. Many of the executives are in town for a meeting and I need to catch up with them between meetings at the office location. Environmental executive photographs are extremely popular. Usually it is a new location that I am not familiar with or it is a location where I have done a number of photo shoots. The two executive portraits below are for two different clients that I photographed over the last couple of weeks in Reston, VA and Herndon, VA. I was familiar with both these locations and the trick was to keep the photographs fresh and not looking like they were taken by the same photographer at the same location in the same way as all the other portraits that I had taken.
For the woman executive I used the natural light that was coming in the front lobby of this Herndon, VA office building and had her sit down in the lobby chair. I used the lit wall as a nice backdrop. Together with her wonderful smile, I got a very nice photograph.
The male executive was over six feet six inches tall. I had a stool but I still didn't like the perspective that I was shooting him. I had taken a number of photos in this lobby in Reston, VA but with nobody this tall. I found myself shooting upwards and I couldn't seem to avoid the Exit signs and other distracting elements in the background. I looked around and had him sit down in this small area by map in the lobby. It was my favorite photograph of the day.
Posted by Washington, DC and Reston, VA Photographer - Len Spoden