These business headshot portraits were done for a local insurance company on-location. I often do on location headshots at my client’s office, and these were done in the hallway with my usual portrait lighting setup for travel. Usual set-up times are about 20-30 minutes for most locations, and each session can vary from 5 minutes to 20 minutes per person. There a mix of Westcott, Lastolite, Elinchrom, and even California Sunbounce in these photos.
I had the privilege of working with some of the top Vancouver luxury real estate and property management agents last week. They invited me to visit their office in Vancouver’s Yaletown to do individual headshots and on location corporate group photos. Shots were done right outside the front door with a mix of natural light and studio lighting techniques.
Here are a series of business corporate portraits I did last month for managers and executives at a local mining company in Vancouver. I used a dark charcoal background for this one because we felt that it added some pop to the individuals being photographed. Each photograph only took between 10 – 15 minutes and it took just a few hours in total to complete all the sessions. If you or your company are interested in having business portraits done for your staff or members of your management or executive team, contact me to get a quote and schedule a session to update your business headshots. The process is simple and efficient, and the turn-around time for your photos will amaze you.
Here are a few headshots from a Vancouver session I recently did for Money Coaches Canada, who are independent financial advisors who are located in major cities across Canada. They were in town for a conference and invited me to do headshots for use in online profiles, marketing materials, and sites like LinkedIn. All shots were done on location at their office in Vancouver.
Here are a couple of professional headshots I did recently in Vancouver. The organization that contacted me wanted to have photos done for an upcoming conference and for the web, but I only had about 4 days to get the shots done and ready to go. We decided on an outdoor location in the courtyard right downstairs from their offices. There are a couple of cafe’s there and lots of people, which made finding a clear background a little tricky. Moreover, there was a strong breeze that day coming in from the harbour, and the narrow courtyard funnelled the breeze through like a wind tunnel. Fortunately for me, there was one corner of the courtyard where things were a little calmer, so that’s where I set up for the shots.
For these headshots, I used one Elinchrom Quadra RX light inside a Westcott Apollo Orb softbox. I had originally planned to use a two-light setup, but I found one wall with some reflected sunlight that added depth and texture to the shot, so a second light wasn’t necessary. I tried to match the output of my Elinchrom Quadra head to make sure the natural light reflecting off the brick wall behind the subject was at the proper levels (i.e. not too over or under exposed) and used a Singh-Ray 77mm Vari-ND filter to allow me to open up the camera’s aperture, thereby throwing the brick slightly out of focus – which helped to give dimensionality to the overall image.
Windy locations are never a good place for headshots, so this session took a lot longer than expected. One of the subjects kept blinking in sync with the flash, thereby making it very difficult to get a good shot with eyes open. The wind also made it uncomfortable for the subject to keep eyes open, not to mention hair blowing all over the place. I eventually got the shot I wanted above, which were edited in Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop CS5, and cropped.