Kickoff Meeting Photography and Linkedin Portraits

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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. 

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Westfields Marriot Chantilly VA Event Meeting Photographer Linkedin Portrait
Westfields Marriot Chantilly VA Event Meeting Photographer Linkedin Portrait
Westfields Marriot Chantilly VA Event Meeting Photographer Linkedin Portrait

Annual Report Executive / Group Photography Session in 20 Minutes

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.  

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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.

Annual Report Executive Portrait Photographer Dulles VA
Annual Report Executive Portrait Photographer Dulles VA

Aspiring Actress Photo Shoot

The daughter of one my clients, Cassidy, was in need of some updated headshots for her acting career.  She is currently a student at a local university, but she has had a few small parts in TV shows and movies, and thinks that some day she might want to pursue acting fulltime.  Her agent asked that she get some new headshots so that he could more actively pursue some new roles for her.  It was really a fun photo shoot.  Cassidy was great in front of the camera. 

Actress Model Photographer Reston Tysons Corner VA
Actress Model Photographer Reston Tysons Corner VA
Actress Model Photographer Reston Tysons Corner VA
Actress Model Photographer Reston Tysons Corner VA
Actress Model Photographer Reston Tysons Corner VA

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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Chantilly VA Executive Headshot Photographer

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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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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Washington DC Georgetown Environmental Portrait Photographer
Washington DC Georgetown Environmental Portrait 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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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!

VA Environmental Portrait Photographer
VA Environmental Portrait Photographer
VA Executive Portrait Photographer
VA Executive Portrait Photographer

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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