I was contacted by a new company that works with developing countries' leaders to strengthen the cultures of their societies so that their political units adapt better to threats. They needed a photographer to take environmental photographs in an urban setting. Living in Washington, DC provides a lot of options. The one executive takes a lot of walks around Washington, DC and was struck by one neighborhood that he felt was the perfect backdrop. We met at around sunrise and walked the neighborhood. Every block presented us with new and interesting backdrops and lighting. We wanted the images to be very earthy with little or no retouching or fancy lighting. We wanted the executive to be approachable, but still somewhat serious. So getting just the right expression was key to a successful shoot.
The second executive was from Colorado and we scheduled his shoot one morning the Georgetown area of Washington, DC. We stayed primarily around the C & O Canal area which provides the urban brick look we were looking for. Here again, simple lighting, approachable expression, and somewhat raw.