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.
When taking environmental photographs I try use the client's office / work environment to tell something about what they do for a living, or use architectural elements of their work environment to add to the interest of the photograph. In two of the photographs below I used the dental office lights and equipment to enhance the photographs that I took at a local dental office. In the case of office professionals we used their lobby's lights and lines to give some interest to the photographs.
One of the great aspects of being a photographer is that you get to meet some exceptional individuals. A few months ago I was doing a photo shoot for Scholar Magazine for Strayer University. I had the pleasure to meet Alex Galeano who is currently the vice president and controller for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).
Alex came to the United States from Nicaragua when he was 11, but he never forgot his roots. In addition to his job at NAB, he runs a nonprofit that gives back to the community he left back in Nicaragua. We spent about a half day talking photos of him in his office in Washington, DC and outside around DuPont Circle.
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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.