I was asked to cover a couple Chevron’s Soccer Campswith the specific request to show the fun and emotion that happens at the camps. I am not a sports photographer which the client understood.
What the art director really wanted was the emotions, fun and engagement among the players and coaches, and I did just that. The coaches were dynamic, engaging and driven to teach and the kids were kinetic an ebulent and fun, so I had all the elements a photojournalist needs to create great images for a commercial client.
Overall I had an easy time of it because there were so many genuine moments. That said, my time as a photojournalist taught me how to anticipate moments of human interaction like which side heads will fall when you anticipate two people hugging or when there will be an emotional reaction after an event or who is most likely to emote in the most visual way. All this contributes to the success of an as a commercial event photographer.
I am beginning to get requests for corporate headshots and portraits that are out of the ordinary and that reflect authenticity. Often clients will see images on my website and ask me to duplicate the style or they will tell me “We want the portraits to be different. More authentic and stylistically different than what we normally see in corporate headshots”.
These are the clients I most want to work for because they will take a little risk and give me license to dome something more interesting than a typical corporate headshot and portraits They will also pay more money for what they want. They are the clients that I most love working with because it becomes a challenge; something I am in great need of these days.
The two images below were among a dozen corporate portraits that I created for Entertainment Partners which was seeking a stylistically different approach to the corporate headshot. Since they service the entertainment industry, they felt that they could be more creative in their portrayal of their leadership.
I was asked to shoot a series of portraits for Thales Corp. for a social media campaign. The challenge was making employees look authentic and interesting. Thales was adamant about the portraits not looking like corporate headshots.
So for these portraits, I set up blinds on either side of the subjects with colleagues on either side carrying on a conversation with the subject. So the subject was carrying on a a conversation with three people including myself.
My purpose was to force the subjects into a slightly disorienting situation so they would forget they were being photographed. Kind of like trying to juggle three balls and carry on a conversation.
Every body had fun and I was able to get from my subjects moments of authenticity that I may not have gotten otherwise. The client loved the portraits.
The images shot below were part of a series of portraits shot for Virgin Galactic. They asked for environmental portraits of their engineering and science staff but I found that the light from open windows was so beautiful I did not have to use any strobes. We just used reflectors and negative fills to shape and fill these corporate headshots.
Additionally, we have been doing composite business portraits to scale; although for these I work with a post production contractor to make the composite work affordable.
The images below are part of a large headshot project we did for Griffen Capital, who asked if we could shoot 110 people over two days and swap out the backgrounds on everyone. Initially I thought this would be a loss leader because I had never done this before but I would do it just to see how it could be done at a profit. I think it worked out for my client and myself and now we do this on a regular basis for other clients.
We do a fair share of corporate headshots and portraits in Los Angeles and I think swapping out the backgrounds is a great way to create a difference for the company wiling to use that option.
I get hired to shoot a lot of corporate events; sometimes for major corporations and sometimes for municipalities putting on public engagement events but in the end it is all about narrative and engagement. Continue reading “Corporate Event Photography”
Microvention called me to ask if I would be interested doing a healthcare photography project shooting images for their branding needs and content library.
The assignment was originally just images of surgeons using their technology but became much larger after we started talking. They saw my business lifestyle images as well as pharmaceutical work and thought I could handle all their needs during a three day shoot.
On my first corporate photographyassignment for Virgin Galactic (The Space Ship Company) we had a really big work load to complete but they kept adding to it and I hate being rushed into a mediocre job.
The Clean Energy folks were great to work with and their corporate office was well lit and beautifully designed, which made my work a bit easier. Also the subjects at their fueling facilities were easy to work with and the design firm, Area Lab‘s creative director knew what he wanted but was open to my ideas, which made for a great working relationship.
Just finished a corporate lifestyle photography project for The Online Trading Academy. The art director wanted everything very naturally lit so for the desired corporate aesthetic we used available light and Ice Lights with a custom color balance for the a very natural look. Of course we brought everything but the kitchen sink and ended up shooting to iPad Pro for mobility. Continue reading “Corporate Photography Project”
Lufthansa’s Planet Magazine asked me to photograph Orlando Wong of Able Freight; one of their freight customers. The editorial assignment was for portraits and reportage of agricultural operations that produce strawberries for shipment world wide via Lufthansa air freight, hence the combination of Photojournalism andPortrait work.
I recently completed an annual report photography assignment for Alta Gas and the job was to find images at one of their facilities suitable for their AR. So, I just wandered around for six hours looking for what I could see. I think I like the discovery process the most. I love it when my job is just to hunt for beautiful images.