Sometimes your business portrait needs are simple. You need a basic ‘headshot’ for a one time use. Getting a friend to take a photo outside on an overcast day with a smart phone or camera might be ‘good enough’.
When good enough isn’t and you need something better to represent yourself—well that’s where I come in.
This executive wanted a few standard corporate images which showed him as approachable, confident, and professional.
We did the business portrait in the studio using a plain grey background to focus the viewer’s attention on Andreas (we used an unlit white background). We had him look straight at the portrait lens so that he’d engage the viewer. And we used a somewhat hard character lighting to add a dynamic touch and to separate him from the background.
Andreas had access to the proof website the same day and chose three images, commenting it was a “Great fun session today, thanks!” The images were gently edited, blemishes were removed and the final images were provided in both colour and black and white, in a variety of resolutions/formats the next morning and in use by the end of the day.
And these results are entirely reproducible, when others in the organization require a matching, quality business portrait.
Photo information, for those interested in that kind of thing :)
main light: Profoto Beauty Dish, 500 watt Profoto DI strobe
fill light: Octabox soft light, 500 watt Profoto DI strobe
rim light*: Profoto RFI 1×3 softbox (x2), 1000 watt Profoto DI strobes
Canon 85mm and 135mm 1/250 sec, f/5.6 (on Canon 1Dx)
* The 1 foot x 3 foot softboxes are a recent addition purchased mainly for product and food use, but very nice to have for portraits as well. In a first test (with the assistance of a high school work experience student) we discovered all kinds of uses including this dramatic one light possibility: