Last year, I updated some portraits at a 2018 Emmes Headshots session at their Rockville, Maryland office. At this time, they were looking to have some new portraits of some high-performing employees for an upcoming meeting. Although I had a full mobile lighting setup with me, I also brought a hair and makeup artist with me. For the most part, everyone was camera-ready when we met, but a stylist can really make the post processing much faster by smoothing skin with some touch ups.
For headshots, the first thing to remember to keep the face the focus of the image. With this in mind, I needed to work with the client request to have their offices as the background. Luckily, they had a lot of nice candidates for backgrounds when I scouted areas in their building. In the first place, I wanted to find a spot with a clean seamless background. One hallway ended in a nice wall painted a dark blue gray. Overall, it worked nicely for a clean background without any distractions.
The other place I set up the light was in front of a frosted glass conference room wall. Not only was this set specifically in their office, but balancing it with a flash still put the focus on the face. I hope Emmes found these useful, and I thank my wife for the referral!
Last year, we collaborated for a 2017 Aeren Waters Fashion shoot for accessory bags. Unlike most fashion designers, Nerea has an untraditional background. For one thing, she is a scientist for her day job! Similarly, her model friends that helped out with this shoot also work in the sciences. With this in mind, I was sure to stay on my toes since I wanted to be efficient with their time.
At this time, Nerea wanted to have nice strong natural light for these photos. Along with the strong colors of her materials, we brought in some nice complimentary colors with the car, building walls, and foliage. Given that this close to the middle of the day, it would have been difficult to use a flash even for balancing the exposure.
After all the ‘real’ photos were done, we took some time keep up some images on social media. As can be seen we had a really great time on this shoot, and I was so happy with the photos. I look forward to the next one!
Earlier this year, I brought my lighting kit to Studio Arto for a 2017 Maryland Headshots session with some clients. From time to time it is inconvenient for clients to come to Virginia for their studio sessions. So as to accommodate, I found this Studio in Rockville, MD that worked nicely! Although I have my own set, this studio included the lights in the rental fee.
At this time, I had to familiarize myself with the set up in the studio. Prior to my current brand of lights, I had the same Hensel lights that they had set up in the studio. With one light hanging from the ceiling, it was easy to change the background as can be seen in the photos. Comparatively, you can have the gray wall above, or the white below depending on what look you are going for. On one hand, the middle gray can be a little ‘warmer’ looking. But the white background is very clean, and easy to cut out the background if you would like the transparency to use in graphic design documents.