By Alex Thorne
A financial services firm needed headshots for their website and the initial request seemed pretty straight forward. However, after a face-to-face meeting with the client, the project grew into an interesting opportunity to help the company present a more personal image to the public.
The client had expressed an interest in showing off their newly decorated offices. In addition to formal headshots, I also recommended that we capture some images of the staff with the office as the background. The shoot really developed into a nice combination of formal and intimate images that really capture the firm’s personality.
I wanted the informal portraits to look natural, so I decided not to use any flash lighting for these images. I only had artificial light to work with, so in order to fill in the shadows from the overhead lights, I needed to us a handheld reflector. I tapped one of the employees to be my assistant and directed her on how to direct the light onto the subjects face. I used a 50mm lens at f/1.6 to get some separation from the background and to make the subject almost pop out from the rest of the image.
I think these images demonstrate how adding informal portraits to a company’s stock of headshots can go a long way in presenting its employees’ personal side. You can see more images in my portrait gallery by clicking here.
Below are a few more examples from the shoot showing both formal and informal portraits of the staff.