My friend Greg needed some shots for an upcoming article and asked for an executive location portrait. His thought was to stand in front a bunch of buckets and look all cool and hero like. We stacked a bunch of empty buckets, taped them together for stability (they fell down 3 minutes after we were done with the shoot) and just barely kept them up. Most are leaning a bit. He then ran through bunch of poses to show off his entrepreneurshipness.
Greg is the founder of DRAW Disaster Relief At Work, a local disaster review organization doing great work, helping people all over the country.
Executive headshot photography of some Easter Seals of Michigan. These headshots were done at Easter seals home Michigan office in Auburn Hills, MI when all the executives were planned to be in for the annual meeting. I brought my portable studio 3 light setup with a white paper background. My contact and I previewed my headshot style page and he chose the basic high key lighting and background you see here.
A day of executive headshots photography starts by me arriving at least 30 minutes before the planned shoot time to set up. I ask for one person to test and adjust the lighting at the end of the set up time. The photography of the headshots can go pretty quickly. I typically schedule people every 10 minutes or so and almost alway have time to get walk-ins done in between scheduled portraits. When people enter the room I ask them to check their hair to see if it is to their liking, look over their face to check makeup and for shiny skin, check to see if they need lip gloss or not. Once they get in front of the camera we check that their wardrobe is OK, tie straight, collars OK and then give them a once over with a lint brush if needed. All of these materials come in my Face Repair Kit that I bring. Once they are ready I work with them on direction, posing and expression, shooting left and right, arms crossed hands in pockets. If we have time I will often ask them for some fun expressions at the end. Maybe they look happy, sad, confused. These shots rarely get used but they are fun to do.
After the shoot make a simple webpage of the images, have everyone choose their favorite(s), do basic retouching and deliver a full resolution and web friendly resolution.
Clarkston High School Sport photography of the football captains. The team putting the program together wanted to feature the nine senior captains of the football team and asked if I would do some shots. Always glad to help local sport, I agreed. We shot the seniors in the football jerseys against a white backdrop with simple directional light. I got them looking all mean, tough and menacing. This is the group of athletes that lead Clarkston to their second state championship in three years, quite an accomplishment
I know some of the seniors used the images for their senior open house banners. Some made high school senior prints for Mom and Grandma.
I am in conversation again with the program team to do not only the football seniors, but possibly all the fall sports program seniors. Looking forward to nice images of Clarkston’s finest.
I did these business couple portraits of a married couple for their seminar business. We started in the Guardian building in downtown Detroit where we used the lobby and gates as some of the backgrounds. We also shot in some of the office space and found a great tiled wall and a nice yellow wall to use as backgrounds.