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.
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.
Shooting portraits is always fun. As a photographer you show up having never met the person, possibly never seen the location before, and within a short time period you must pick the best location, setup the lighting, and develop a rapport with the person you are photographing.
I wish I had a dime for every client who tells me that they don't like having their picture taken. Fortunately, most of my clients are very interesting and accomplished individuals and it is very easy to strike up a conversation, and before they know it the photo shoot is over and we have some great portraits that capture their personality ... and we had a fun chat while doing it.
The best part of portrait photography is that you get to meet so many different people from all different walks of life. Over the last three months since my last blog post I have had the opportunity to meet executives from a large biotech/pharmaceutical corporation, financial planners/advisors from some of the most prestigious investment firms, the president of a local bank, the SVP of a large application software company, consultants ... and many more.
I have discussions ranging from curing cancer to what are the best places in ski out west. And in terms of locations we have been in conference rooms, lobbies, alley ways, hallways, staircases, decks, you name it ... whatever it takes to get the best photograph.
The environmental photographs below were taken in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern VA over the last few months.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of my clients was having their annual kickoff meeting at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, VA. The meeting was unique in that they had about a half dozen of their younger consultants give five minute presentations and their sideshow had to be 20 slides with each slide showing on the screen for 15 seconds. This ensured that every presentation was sharp, focused, and to the point. It really seemed to work well, the audience was very attentive and seemed to enjoy the format.
Since we had most of the employees of the consulting firm at the meeting, the marketing director had a great idea, setup a studio outside the meeting room in the lobby of the Westfields Marriott and allow people to get new headshots done for their Linkedin profile and for other internal uses. Many of the "selfies" that employees use for their Linkedin profile tend to be a bit crude and not that professional looking. I photographed 90 employees in less than 60 minutes while everyone was enjoying food and refreshments after the meeting.