Last month, I completed the 2019 Staff Headshots at Tysons Corner Center. Since they needed some updates for their staff photos, I set up a mobile setup in one of their conference rooms. Although they would not be in the studio, I have a mobile lighting setup that is of the same quality as a studio session. It is important to chiefly make these images look like they were in the studio, and not in a cramped room where they typically have meetings.
On this occasion, the biggest challenge was a large conference table that was not movable. Whereas the room was filled with conference room fixtures, the first task was to take out everything from the room to give us as much room to work. Instead of fighting with the large table, I took advantage by having my lighting in the middle of it! This brought the light as close to the subjects as possible.
Lastly, I had to setup a backdrop and reflector. While the main light was plenty for these, I could not setup a kicker of fill light. So, I was able to gaffer tape a reflector on a nearby wall to bounce back some light. This was just enough to recover some of the shadows which is my preferred set up for professional business portraits.
In this post, I am highlighting some sessions I did for Fairfax Location Headshots. For both of these, I wanted to get some excellent results on account of them being business associates. Jhosua is the owner of Mix It Studios, a recording studio with a lot of technology and lighting already setup. To be sure I wanted to spend all the time asking him about all of the toys in his studio and what they do! But I did hold back enough to get some new headshots for Josh to use on his website.
Fairfax Station, Virginia
Kam is another good friend and business contact from networking in northern Virginia. At this time, she was opening her new State Farm office in Fairfax Station. Since her office was not quite open, she requested a seamless background for her headshot. Knowing her long career in banking, I know she will do well in her transition to insurance. I hope both enjoy their new marketing portraits!
I missed blogging about these two Tysons On-Location Headshots. Going with the ladies first, I made some headshots for Julie. In short, she needed a headshot for a national pageant she was competing. On this occasion, she was hosting an event at the Sheraton in Tysons. Scouting the area, the balcony on the mezzanine level was right in line with their ballroom chandelier. When you have this kind of opportunity, you go for the most sparkle you can get especially when you are photographing a beauty queen!
By comparison, Roscoe is a beauty of a different sort. As can be seen, he is a professional businessman who networks all throughout the DMV area. For his headshots, the Tower Club in Tysons was a beautiful natural setting. Not only is this a place where a lot of important business takes place, but it overlooks Tysons from a nice vantage. Both the balcony, and the club’s executive meeting rooms nicely set his new business portraits.