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.
Over the last few months I have had the pleasure to meet and photograph CEOs, entrepreneurs, and other business people from all walks of life. Most people are starting a new business, or trying to give their current business a boost by updating their website and other marketing materials.
The Washington, DC and Northern VA areas provide so many great backgrounds for environmental portraiture. Alexandria and Georgetown are two of my favorite areas. Having said that, I sometimes just shoot out of my studio with a classy grey background. Over the past couple of months I have taken photographs in my studio and then cut them out of the background and placed them in a different environment. One of the pictures below was done that way.
Professionally photographed Executive portraits (aka head shots) have never been in more demand. Quite often the first touch point that a new customer has with your company is via social media, be it your own website, Facebook, Twitter, etc..
That first impression can make the difference between them staying on your website or Facebook page for more information or bouncing to your competitor's website. Sharp, engaging portraits can make a big difference in your bottom line.
Here are just a few portraits I have done over the last few weeks. About a third of my work is done in portrait studio setting, and the rest are done at the client's location where we do more of an environmental portrait.
About two out of three executive portraits that I do are in an "environmental" setting. That is they are photographed in or around the executive's office. Many times clients don't think their office environment is suitable for a background. Using selective focus you can take light, lines, and color to make some very interesting backgrounds out of some pretty mundane environemnts.
The best part of doing executive portrait / headshot photography is that I get to meet a lot of interesting people. Sometimes I get to spend 45 minutes with them, and sometimes it is only 5 minutes. Sometimes they prefer environmental portraits, sometimes they prefer more of a studio setting with a background. At the end of the day, they all want professional portraits that show their true personality.
Here is a collection of portraits I took over the last couple of weeks.
One of the largest set of requests I get is to do a head-shot or portrait photograph of an executive or business person. With so much social media and web sites visibility, professionals want and need professional looking photographs that project who they are.
I have learned over the years that it is not the lighting or camera that makes a good portrait. The key is to get the person who you are photographing comfortable, talking, and just being themselves in front of the camera.
I also try to give my clients a lot of variety ... not just the typical head and shoulders portrait. Peter was starting a new business and needed a set of photographs that he could use for his website and other marketing materials. As you can see, he has a lot of great photos to choose from that fits the medium that he is using.
The Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, led by its President Jim Corcoran, have done a wonderful job of serving the business community in the Fairfax County Virginia area. Even with a difficult economy, they have managed to grow their membership and as a result have added some new staff members to help support their growing membership. I was asked to do a few executive portraits / head-shots of some of their new members and while I was their, take a portrait of Jim Corcoran by their logo.
Posted by Fairfax, VA Photographer Len Spoden
I received a call from Steve Lasko from Lasko Design + Consulting in Reston, VA. Being a designer, Steve had very definite ideas of how he wanted his executive portraits to look. He wanted a number of portraits so that the images could be used, not only for his website, but for other articles and speaking engagements. So I tethered my camera to my laptop so Steve could see in real time what it is we were capturing. We had fun experimenting with a lot of different compositions and lighting. Within 30 minutes or so we had what we wanted!
Posted by Reston, VA Portrait Photographer - Len Spoden
I had the pleasure to photograph Joanne over the weekend. She called my mid-week and needed an executive portrait / headshot for a magazine article. She works for a local cable company out of Herndon, VA and needed the photograph ASAP. After taking a few photographs I could tell right away that the camera and Joanne went well together. As we chatted I found out that she was a model when she was younger. The camera never lies.
Posted by Virginia Portrait and Headshot Photographer Len Spoden
I have a number of clients that are in need of a photographer to take a professional photograph of them for their business. Most of them are looking for the conventional head and shoulders executive head-shot / portrait. If they have a few extra minutes I like to take a variety of photographs of them to give them options for future use.
Clients appreciate having a number of different photographs of themselves so they don't keep using the same photo for different occasions. Frequently they are asked to provide photographs for speaking engagements, articles they may have written, etc. and it is nice to have some professionally taken photographs at their disposal.
Last week I photographed an executive who needed just a single head-shot. We were having a good time we took about 15 minutes and we took a few more photographs that he can now use for future needs.