Corporate Headshots on Location
The great people at Pharmastrat kidded me that it felt like “picture day” when I did their corporate headshots for them. They treated me well and even gave me my own space for the morning, a spare office which I turned into a mini-studio.
They wanted a white background and even lighting for a clean, crisp look. No problem! Just place an umbrella here, a relector there, a few key lights and a portable background and voilà. We did both “suit and tie” photos and then shucked the ties jackets for some casual shots (shown here).
It definately was a pleasure photograping everyone. There is a strong, positive vibration at Pharmastrat and just looking at their photos makes me want to do business with them.
Todd Stone is well known for his art in both urban and rural settings, including the destruction and later rebuilding of the World Trade Centers as well as scenes in and along along the Delaware River and Gallows Run, a high quality stream in northern Bucks County, PA.
Todd is also committed to raising awareness of the degradation of our environment and actively works to seek solutions to problems, especially in and around the Gallows Run watershed.
Many of his recent works are of the stream from midstream perspective (i.e., seeing the stream not from the banks but from right in the middle) so it was only natural for me to want to photograph Todd where he is most comfortable. And of course, to photograph midstream, you gotta get midstream, too.
Todd photographing me photographing him (and me trying to keep my high voltage battery and flash unit out of the water….)
Ron Brown: Mathematician, Software Engineer, Teacher, Artist
Ron questions whether his artwork is really art or not. But there is no question that it is.
Ron uses computer code to make calculations and plot graphic images. The “Knight’s Tour” is an example. Imagine a chess knight on an 8×8 grid. The computer can plot it’s moves graphically so that it lands on each square of the grid only once. This creates a number pattern that Ron further analyzes and discovers unexpected and intricate symmetries and patterns which he then uses to create 3-D sculptures by hand.
I photographed Ron as part of my Artists of the Gallows Run portrait project. I did not entirely understand Ron’s work before our session but his patient and thorough explanation made it come alive for me and his pieces took on a whole new meaning.
Yes Ron, your work is Art.
How do you tell the story of an insurance agency in photos? It is more than just paperwork. It’s about people and property. People who’ve suffered a loss and those that help them recover.
Photographing operations during actual disasters is not practical or desirable. Agents have more important matters at hand than coordinating photographs. And the last thing their clients want is the intrusion of a guy with a camera and lighting equipment
So to illustrate the activities of a real agency we spent a half day crafting some images that portray their operations without interfering with their real work, which is helping get their clients back on their feet.
It is well known that small businesses are the backbone of the American economy. We are a nation of inventors, entrepreneurs and just plain clever, hardworking folks. I am always amazed by the things I get to see when photographing, but owners often tell me that people have no idea about what their business actually does even though their products are broadly used (often as components of more familiar products).
Plaasma Powders is a perfect example. It produces equipment and material that are used to apply coatings. The coatings can be almost anything from metal to plastic and are applied to a variety of subtrates and are widely used for all kinds of products.
The company needed to improve it’s website to better illustrate what it does and knew that professional, interesting and illustrative photographs were just what was needed. I spent a day in the shop creating images for them and enjoyed creating some informative photos with a little drama.
Working with iron is one of man’s oldest arts. Coming in there right after the bronze age, somewhere around 1200 BC. And in some ways it hasn’t changed much. Heat it up and pound it into shape.
Steve Sears has been heating and pounding iron nearly his whole adult life creating everything from intricate scultures and iron rope to wrought iron railings. He works out of his studio in rural Upper Bucks County, PA called Sears Iron Works.
I photographed Steve in his studio as part of a project called “Artists of the Run.” Each year a group of highly talented artist in upper Bucks County create and donate works to be shown and sold in support of an environmental organization, The Gallows Run Watershed Association. It has been great photographing the artists. Shooting in Steve’s studio was especially rewarding. Nice light, excellent setting and a wonderful, gracious host. I just had to be carefull not to get burned.
We don’t have a lot of heavy Industry out here in western New Jersey (none, actually…) so whenever an assignment takes me into more urban areas it’s always interesting to look for scenes like this, especially early in the morning, just before dawn.
I’ll get up early and drive around the industrial areas looking for something to shoot. The combination of the dark blue, predawn sky, mercury vapor lights and slight haze can make an ordinary scene look almost surreal. These were done with a hand held, mirrorless DSLR. They took a long exposure (about 1/2 second at ISO 200) so it was a little tricky not to be blurry. A passing bus creates some cool, light streaks.
Apart from the interesting light, predawn is a good time to be photographing surreptitiously. There are not many people around who might find a guy photographing from his car to be a little suspicious. Some day I’ll have to get permission to do this. Then I can use a tripod.
Elaine needed a few new headshots and turned out to be my final portrait session for 2012. What a excellent way to top off the year.
It is always great to have clients like Elaine who make a portrait session fun (like it is supposed to be!). It was a bit chilly outside so we stayed in the studio and tried a few looks. Like most people, Elaine needs more than one type of portrait, some more business-like and some more personal.
We mixed and matched and created a nice collection of images that Elaine can use for a variety of purposes, from Linked in to a framed portrait. And some just for laughs.