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Saturday
Sep072013

Environmental Executive Portraits / Headshots

About two out of three executive portraits that I do are in an "environmental" setting.  That is they are photographed in or around the executive's office.  Many times clients don't think their office environment is suitable for a background.  Using selective focus you can take light, lines, and color to make some very interesting backgrounds out of some pretty mundane environemnts. 

 

Reston VA environmental Executive Headshot photographer

Reston VA environmental Executive Headshot photographer

 

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Wednesday
May012013

Executive Portrait Photography | Washington, DC Photographer

The best part of doing executive portrait / headshot photography is that I get to meet a lot of interesting people. Sometimes I get to spend 45 minutes with them, and sometimes it is only 5 minutes.  Sometimes they prefer environmental portraits, sometimes they prefer more of a studio setting with a background.  At the end of the day, they all want professional portraits that show their true personality. 

Here is a collection of portraits I took over the last couple of weeks.

 

McLean VA Executive Portrait Headshot Photographer 

McLean VA Executive Portrait Headshot Photographer 

 

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Friday
Feb102012

Professional Headshot Portrait Photography | VA Photographer

One of the largest set of requests I get is to do a head-shot or portrait photograph of an executive or business person.  With so much social media and web sites visibility, professionals want and need professional looking photographs that project who they are.  

I have learned over the years that it is not the lighting or camera that makes a good portrait.  The key is to get the person who you are photographing comfortable, talking, and just being themselves in front of the camera.

I also try to give my clients a lot of variety ... not just the typical head and shoulders portrait.  Peter was starting a new business and needed a set of photographs that he could use for his website and other marketing materials.  As you can see, he has a lot of great photos to choose from that fits the medium that he is using.

McLean VA Headshot Portrait Photographer

 

 

 

 

Wednesday
Oct052011

Executive Portraits - Fairfax Chamber of Commerce

The Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, led by its President Jim Corcoran, have done a wonderful job of serving the business community in the Fairfax County Virginia area.  Even with a difficult economy, they have managed to grow their membership and as a result have added some new staff members to help support their growing membership.  I was asked to do a few executive portraits / head-shots of some of their new members and while I was their, take a portrait of Jim Corcoran by their logo.

Fairfax Vienna Reston Tysons Corner McLean Executive Portrait Photographer

Fairfax Vienna Reston Tysons Corner McLean Executive Portrait Photographer

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Friday
Jun172011

Executive Portrait / Headshot | VA Photographer

I received a call from Steve Lasko from Lasko Design + Consulting in Reston, VA.  Being a designer, Steve had very definite ideas of how he wanted his executive portraits to look.  He wanted a number of portraits so that the images could be used, not only for his website, but for other articles and speaking engagements.  So I tethered my camera to my laptop so Steve could see in real time what it is we were capturing. We had fun experimenting with a lot of different compositions and lighting.  Within 30 minutes or so we had what we wanted!

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Sunday
Feb202011

Executive Portrait / Headshot | VA Photographer

I had the pleasure to photograph Joanne over the weekend.  She called my mid-week and needed an executive portrait / headshot for a magazine article.  She works for a local cable company out of Herndon, VA and needed the photograph ASAP.  After taking a few photographs I could tell right away that the camera and Joanne went well together.  As we chatted I found out that she was a model when she was younger.  The camera never lies.

Reston VA Portrait Photographer

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Thursday
Jan272011

Executive Portrait / Headshot | Washington DC Photographer

I have a number of clients that are in need of a photographer to take a professional photograph of them for their business.  Most of them are looking for the conventional head and shoulders executive head-shot / portrait.  If they have a few extra minutes I like to take a variety of photographs of them to give them options for future use. 

Clients appreciate having a number of different photographs of themselves so they don't keep using the same photo for different occasions.  Frequently they are asked to provide photographs for speaking engagements, articles they may have written, etc. and it is nice to have some professionally taken photographs at their  disposal.

Last week I photographed an executive who needed just a single head-shot. We were having a good time we took about 15 minutes and we took a few more photographs that he can now use for future needs. 

Executive Portrait Head-shot Photographer Reston VA

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Friday
May282010

Reston VA Executive Portraits / Headshots

As an environmental portrait photographer I quite often get asked to take pictures of  a group of executives at their office location.  The client wants unique photographs that don't have the typical canvas background.  And BTW you have about 15 to 20 minutes with each executive.  Having never scene the office before you have to hope that there is something interesting that you can use as backdrops other than a plain wall, and if  there is  a plain wall, you have to make it look interesting.

So I went to a local business here in Reston, VA to do four executive photographs in about an hour.  I got there an hour early to scout the building and test lighting.   As usual there was the mixture of tungsten, florescent, and daylight all over the place, so I had to figure how to filter my lights to match the environment.  That day was sunny and 90 degrees, so outside would be too harsh.  At the end of the day I was able to find a lot of natural light coming through windows that looked great, and I used my lights as fill. 

The other variable you never know about is the mood of the executives.  It was at the end of the day and they can be  tired and ready to go home.  These guys  were great.  They were all very cooperative and we had a lot of fun with the photographs.   Having fun is probably the  single most important key to getting great executive portraits / headshots.   I was contracted to do four executives, but there were two additional executives there who needed their photographs taken as well.  I was having fun, we were in a groove, so I had no problem taking their photographs.

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