Professional Portraits / Headshots in Washington, DC, Northern VA, and MD

The challenge of shooting a great portrait for the corporate world is that you want to make them as interesting and eye catching as possible, and still maintain a high level of professionalism that the corporate world demands. Of course, every business is different and you need to understand their culture and make sure that the photographs fit that culture.

The following is a small sample of portraits / headshots that I have taken over the last few months.

Headshots / Environmental Portraits Around the DMV (DC / MD / VA)

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.

Portraits, Headshots, Environmental Portraits ....

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. 

Environmental Portraits / Headshot

All of the environmental portraits below were shot in different buildings / settings.  Some were photographed outside, some were in lobbies, and one was photographed on a stairway.  The stairway shot was fun because I photographed him walking down the staircase to get a more natural smile and body posture. 

Environmental Portraits

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. 

Combining Studio and Environmental Executive Portrait Sessions

I recently photographed 37 executives at a Chantilly, VA technology firm.  They wanted both studio portraits and environmental portraits.   The studio portraits were to be shot on a white background so they could easily extract the executive from the photo and put them into marketing materials.  Many of the executives give presentations and speeches to various trade associations and customer forums and are asked to provide a photograph to go along with each persons bio.  So it is nice to have a large variety for everybody so that they don't keep using the same photograph over and over again.

We setup a studio in a conference room on the first floor and we shot the environmental portraits right outside the conference room.   We budgeted 15 minutes per person.  We photographed some with and without ties and with and without sport coats.  Depending on the nature of the use of the photograph the client can choose a more formal shot with suit and tie, or go for the photograph with a more casual look.  

The project was done over three days, two days one week and another day three weeks later to accommodate everyone's schedule. 

PHOTOGRAPHER INFORMATION:

The studio photographs were done on my Nikon D4 with a Nikon 70-200MM F2.8 with Paul Buff Einstein strobes providing the light.  The environmental photographs were take with a Nikon D3S with a Nikon 105MM F2.8 lens.  I used the 26 inch Westcott Rapid Box Octa Kit with Beauty Dish Deflector Plate for my environmental lighting.  It was powered by my Nikon SB800 and controlled by my Nikon SB900 on my camera. I was in manual mode the entire time with both my camera and the SB800.  

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Chantilly VA Executive Headshot Photographer
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Environmental Executive Portraits / Headshots

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. 

 

Reston VA environmental Executive Headshot photographer

Reston VA environmental Executive Headshot photographer

 

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One Year Anniversary Photographs in Georgetown - Washington, DC Photographer

Chris and Josh were married last year on a tropical island.  Their wedding photographer did an okay job, but they wanted some really nice photos of the two of them.  They live out of town currently, but are from the Washington, DC area and they were in town for a few days and wanted the photographs to have a DC theme to them.  We discussed a few ideas and decided on Georgetown as our backdrop.  Even though I have been a photographer in the Washington, DC area for a number of years, I haven't done a lot of photography in Georgetown.

We walked around Georgetown for about 90 minutes and just stopping at places that had interesting light or overall character that we thought would make for a nice portrait.  Chis and Josh are a wonderful couple, they were a pleasure to spend some time with, and Georgetown provided a wonderful environment for our pictures.

Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer

Posted by Washington, DC Photographer Len Spoden

Senior Portraits

A Penn State college friend of mine who lives in York, PA asked if I could come up to York and take some senior portraits of his senior high school daughter.  Needless to say, I was flattered and honored to do it.  They have a beautiful home and we were able to take all the photographs at their home.  The fact that his daughter is beautiful made my job very easy. 

Virginia VA Senior Photographer Great Falls McLean Vienna Reston
Virginia VA Senior Photographer Great Falls McLean Vienna Reston
Virginia VA Senior Photographer Great Falls McLean Vienna Reston
Virginia VA Senior Photographer Great Falls McLean Vienna Reston
Virginia VA Senior Photographer Great Falls McLean Vienna Reston
Virginia VA Senior Photographer Great Falls McLean Vienna Reston
Virginia VA Senior Photographer Great Falls McLean Vienna Reston
Virginia VA Senior Photographer Great Falls McLean Vienna Reston
Virginia VA Senior Photographer Great Falls McLean Vienna Reston
Virginia VA Senior Photographer Great Falls McLean Vienna Reston
Virginia VA Senior Photographer Great Falls McLean Vienna Reston
Virginia VA Senior Photographer Great Falls McLean Vienna Reston
Virginia VA Senior Photographer Great Falls McLean Vienna Reston
Virginia VA Senior Photographer Great Falls McLean Vienna Reston
Virginia VA Senior Photographer Great Falls McLean Vienna Reston
Virginia VA Senior Photographer Great Falls McLean Vienna Reston
Virginia VA Senior Photographer Great Falls McLean Vienna Reston
Virginia VA Senior Photographer Great Falls McLean Vienna Reston
Virginia VA Senior Photographer Great Falls McLean Vienna Reston
Virginia VA Senior Photographer Great Falls McLean Vienna Reston

Posted by Virginia Senior Photographer Len Spoden

Executive Portraits - Fairfax Chamber of Commerce

I recently had the opportunity to photograph the staff of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce in Vienna, VA / Tysons Corner, VA.  Jim Corcoran is the newly hired CEO for the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce.   I have known Jim for over 24 years when we were neighbors in Rosemont, PA, outside of Philadelphia. 

Jim wanted new portraits of his staff for their website and other marketing materials.  I went onsite at their Vienna, VA location and setup a portrait studio in one of their conference rooms. 

Posted by Washington, DC / Virginia Photographer - Len Spoden