I had been a guest photographer on Star Island back in 2017 for a long weekend. Part of being a guest photographer meant I got to dust off the Portable Portrait workshop and to a little teaching while out on this piece of absolute heaven for three days making images and being around other people who like to create images as well.
The husband of one of the workshop students tagged along and watched as I did a more condensed version of the workshop while on the island and I was just being my usual self. At the end of the workshop, he came over and complimented me on how natural and friendly I was as an instructor. He felt comfortable.
“I don’t look good in photographs when people take them of me” he kept saying. To this day I don’t believe one word of that.
From watching me teach and work with subjects and students, he asked if I’d be interested in creating some portraits for him and his company that would be used on his website.
Later that year, about 45 seconds before the first snow of the year fell (well, it certainly felt like it - so cold!) I drove out to David’s company. We were going to get a few head shots/portraits of himself and a few of his partners. We were going to get some inside shots and then a few quick outside shots (cuz it was coooold).
The first setup we did was on the stairs that go from the entry way up to the main floor of the company. I wanted some vertical shots with the stairs trailing off into the distance.
On the stairs:
From there we moved upstairs and I wanted to get a few images of David leaning on the wall near their company logo.
Once we got some of those done, I wanted to do a quick setup outside for some head/shoulder headshots. I actually had also just bought my Westcott Portable Beauty Dish and I was itching to use it. I instantly found this really bright, crisp exposure on David and I really loved it. It was so bold. The colors were so alive and bold.
I had David turn his head after I knew I had gotten the shot and I thought this looked fantastic:
Here is a quick setup shot. It wasn’t anything fancy. Just the light up and over on a c-stand and I had David and co. sit on an applebox.
I also took some screen-grabs of their website and I created some mock-ups of what their images could look like on their website. For the black and white images I sampled colors from their logo and added a colored tint to them to make them blend in nicely with the colors of their logo.
I really liked working with David. He’s really down to earth and easy to get along with. I think we made some really strong work, and I’m hoping that he’ll want to work with me again sometime soon. I’m glad he decided to stick around during that workshop. You never know who is paying attention. You never know who you will affect in some way.
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