Dynamic Washington, DC K Street Photography

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.

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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
Chantilly VA Executive Headshot Photographer
Chantilly VA Executive Headshot Photographer
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Simple, Sophisticated, Classic Executive Portraits

I never tire of the classic executive portrait with a grey background, simple lighting, classic pose, and a great expression.  Whether it is in black and white or color, whether it is a tight head-shot or full length, the look is always simple and classic.

Simple Classic Executive Portrait Photographer
Simple Classic Executive Portrait Photographer
Simple Classic Executive Portrait Photographer
Simple Classic Executive Portrait Photographer
Simple Classic Executive Portrait Photographer
Simple Classic Executive Portrait Photographer
Simple Classic Executive Portrait Photographer
Simple Classic Executive Portrait Photographer

Washington, DC Skyline Executive Portraits

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.

 

 

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Magazine Cover Photo Shoot in Washington, DC

Scholar Magazine, Strayer's Alumni Magazine was doing a feature story on Kathryn Medina, she is the executive director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in Washington, D.C..  I was asked to photograph her in and around her office in Washington, DC. 

First of all, Kathryn and her staff were a pleasure to work with.  We arrived around 10AM and her staff greeted us and showed us around the facility so that we could get a feel for some of the areas that we could use for backgrounds and settings.  We needed a cover shot as well as a number of shots that were going to be used inside the magazine.  It was a nice day, so my assistant and I walked around the Office of Personnel Management building in Washington, DC looking for some nice backdrops.  The cover shot you see below was our first choice. The building in the background had that "Washington Government" look to it with the concrete columns.  We picked a nice area across the street that was heavily shaded by trees that we thought would be the best place for Kathryn to stand to get the angle that we wanted.  

For the inside shots we wanted a photograph of her interacting with her staff, and one of her walking through the lobby.   They suggested what we do a photograph in one of their conference rooms.  Before seeing it I was thinking, oh no, a room with four blank walls, how exciting?  When we were shown the executive conference room, we were blown away.  The image from that room became one of my favorites.  

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PHOTOGRAPHER INFORMATION: Every image was shot with my Nikon D4.  I use the Nikon WT-5 Wireless Transmitter to transmit the images in real time to my Apple IPad that the Strayer Magazine Editor uses to review the photos while I am shooting.  This is a huge help to me because I get instant feedback from my client while I am shooting.  The cover photograph was shot with my Nikon 70-200MM F2.8 lens and she was lit with my Paul C. Buff Einstein strobes with a 64" PLM umbrella using the Vagabond Mini power supply.  The inside photographs were shot using my Nikon 24-70MM F2.8 and lit with my Nikon SB900 gelled to match the ambient light shot through an umbrella. 

Washington, DC / Georgetown Executive Environmental Portraits

I was contacted by a new company that works with developing countries' leaders to strengthen the cultures of their societies so that their political units adapt better to threats.  They needed a photographer to take environmental photographs in an urban setting.  Living in Washington, DC provides a lot of options.  The one executive takes a lot of walks around Washington, DC and was struck by one neighborhood that he felt was the perfect backdrop.  We met at around sunrise and walked the neighborhood.  Every block presented us with new and interesting backdrops and lighting.  We wanted the images to be very earthy with little or no retouching or fancy lighting.  We wanted the executive to be approachable, but still somewhat serious.  So getting just the right expression was key to a successful shoot.

The second executive was from Colorado and we scheduled his shoot one morning the Georgetown area of Washington, DC.  We stayed primarily around the C & O Canal area which provides the urban brick look we were looking for.  Here again, simple lighting, approachable expression, and somewhat raw.  

PHOTOGRAPHER INFORMATION: Both photo shoots were shot primarily with my Nikon D4 with my Nikon 24-70MM F2.8 lens.  Most images were shot with natural light and/or a little fill flash.  I used my Fuji X100S camera a few times just to see if it gave me a different look from my Nikon at about the 35mm focal length. 

I used my Olympus OMD E-5 with the my Olympus 75MM F1.8 lens for a few of my tighther head shots like the first shot below.  The Olympus 75MM lens is one of the sharpest lenses I have ever used.  The depth of field and bokeh on this lens makes your subject seem almost three dimensional.  

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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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Environmental and Studio Portrait Sessions - VA Photographer

The environmental photo below was shot at a local office building in Reston, VA.  My client is starting a new law practice with a partner in Boston.  They wanted very similar environmental backgrounds, so we picked an office building in Reston, VA and did the photo shoot.  His partner in Boston is going to hire a photographer and use my client's photo as a model to do his environmental photograph in Boston.   

The other executive portrait was done at my studio.  A very sharp looking female executive portrait!

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Executive Portrait Photography | Washington, DC Photographer

The best part of doing executive portrait / headshot photography is that I get to meet a lot of interesting people. Sometimes I get to spend 45 minutes with them, and sometimes it is only 5 minutes.  Sometimes they prefer environmental portraits, sometimes they prefer more of a studio setting with a background.  At the end of the day, they all want professional portraits that show their true personality. 

Here is a collection of portraits I took over the last couple of weeks.

 

McLean VA Executive Portrait Headshot Photographer 

McLean VA Executive Portrait Headshot Photographer 

 

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Giving Back | Washington, DC Portrait Photographer

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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