One of my clients held a fantastic holiday party at the The Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. I didn't realize that the The Udvar-Hazy Center hosted parties until I was asked to photograph this event. We used the Discovery Space Shuttle as a backdrop for family portraits, And the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird served as the background for dinner and dancing.
A local company that I work with was looking to update their executive portraits for their annual report. They needed both individual and group portraits of the three top executives. The executives were getting ready to release the year end numbers and prepare for their investor conference call, so we would only have them for a few minutes.
I went to their location the prior week and we took test shots and we decided on the locations and lighting for both the group and individual photographs. The morning of the shoot I arrived two hours early to setup three different locations with the proper lighting. We started the shoot at 10AM and we were done with all the photographs (both group and individual) by 10:20AM. The executives were happy and we got the photographs we needed.
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.
Clients are constantly looking for different and interesting Executive Portraits. They want their images to stand out from the crowd and show their company's personality. So more often than not I will go to a client's office and make use of their office space for backdrops for environmental executive portraits. The fun is taking areas of an office space that look pretty plains to the naked eye, and turning them into a work of art by using light and shapes creativly.
The following executive portraits were taken over the last month in a variety of office environments in Reston, VA, Herndon, VA, Tysons Corner, VA, and Leesburg, VA. I even met an executive who was having a meeting at Lansdowne Resort and we walked around the hotel and took a few portraits of him before he headed into his 8AM meeting.