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.
I had the opportunity to photograph the second Jack Welch Management Institute graduation ceremony that was held at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. The keynote speaker was David Zaslav, CEO of Discovery Communications. It was a very interesting keynote in that David Zaslav actually worked for Jack Welch at GE, so he was able to discuss real world lessons that he learned from Welch during his time at GE.
The NAFSA 2015 Senator Paul Simon Award Ceremony was held at The Hyatt Regency Washingotn Hotel on Capitol Hill back in November of 2015. This is the fourth year in a row that I have photographed this event. The event starts with an panel discussion with the university presidents, followed by the award ceremony and cocktail hour. Award winners include:
2015 Simon Comprehensive Award Winners
- Troy D. Hammond, President, North Central College
- James Harris III, President, University of San Diego
- Lynn Pasquerella, President, Mount Holyoke College
- Teresa A. Sullivan, President, University of Virginia
- Nancy M. Targett, Acting President, University of Delaware
Strayer University's Fall 2015 edition of the Scholar Alumni Magazine, http://www.strayer.edu/scholar/, featured individuals who graduated from Strayer and had careers in the Criminal Justice arena. I was fortunate to photograph three of the individuals who lived in the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD area.
I always try to give my clients a lot of variety of shots when I am on an editorial photo shoot. Even when I am given "guidelines" of what the editor is looking for, it is always good practice to give them more than they asked for. One of the photo shoots I was told that the image would "definitely" run vertical, well it ran horizontal. Quite a lot of things change when the magazine is being edited and it is always nice to have options.
When I take an environmental portrait, it is ussually photographed in the subject's normal environment, such as in their home or workplace, and typically illuminates the subject's life and surroundings.
By photographing a person in their natural surroundings, I am able to better illuminate their character, and therefore portray the essence of their personality, rather than merely a likeness of their physical features. By photographing a person in their natural surroundings, the subject will be more at ease, and so be more conducive to expressing themselves, as opposed to in a studio.
The following is a very small sample of the some environmental portraits that I have taken over the past few months.
There is something simple and elegant about a portrait with a very straigthforward background. With Linkedin profile pictures that are the size of a postage stamp it is nice to have a professional photograph that looks professional and shows your true personality without any cluttered background. I take these types of photographs both in my studio and on location at my client's location.
Nikki Devonee Alston decided to pursue her passion - helping children. She left the banking industry and joined Teach for America in 2011. She currently manages private-sector recruiting for Teach for America helping others transition from the corporate world.
Nikki was featured in Strayer University's Fall 2014 issue of their Scholar Magazine. I had the pleasure of photographing Nikki at her office in downtown Washington, DC.
A firm in Washington, DC asked me to take environmental photographs of three of their executives. We met in their lobby which was located on K Street in Washington, DC. We took some very nice portraits of them in the lobby that were just want they asked for. Before we finished I asked them if they had a few minutes to take some fun photos outside their building. If these didn't turn out, no problem, we already took the photos that they wanted. If they did turn out, they had something different and dynamic photographs.
The first image below is the photo we took outside. I had the three executives walk towards me while I was on the ground. This took maybe five minutes. We all had a lot of fun doing it and we got a great photograph from it, well worth the five minute investment.
The North American Gas Forum 2013 had almost 200 industry leaders in Washington DC for unique dialogue and two days of first-hand insights, information and knowledge exchange about the natural gas industry. I was asked the photograph the two day event last October.
When I photograph these events you have to ask yourself as a photographer is how is the client going to use the images, and what do they want their clients to get from this event. So in the case of this event the client was going to use the photos to promote the same event for 2014. The client wants prospective clients to see that they have industry leading speakers, the event is very interactive, there is a lot of networking among attendees, and that their is plenty of downtime time to informally chat with other attendees.
I also realize that clients want some abstract photos for their websites and marketing materials. The first photo below of a closeup of the microphone. This photo is now being used by Energy Dialagues, the company the produces the event, on their home page.
I photographed an executive at one of the many associations that have headquarters in Washington, DC. We were only a few blocks from the US Capitol building so we thought it would be nice to photograph the executive on the rooftop with the Capitol in the background. One of the building managers let me on the roof to look around and while I was there I snapped a few photos of the Capitol. While I was doing this we got notice that building management did not want us doing the shoot from the rooftop.
The executive had a balcony off of his office that overlooked a side street. We set up there and did the shoot and then afterwards I combined one of the balcony images with the image that I took of the US Capitol from the rooftop. One thing I always learned, if you have a camera in hand and you have an opportunity to take a photograph .... take it. You never know if/when that opportunity will come again.