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Washington, DC / Georgetown Executive Environmental Portraits

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.  

PHOTOGRAPHER INFORMATION: Both photo shoots were shot primarily with my Nikon D4 with my Nikon 24-70MM F2.8 lens.  Most images were shot with natural light and/or a little fill flash.  I used my Fuji X100S camera a few times just to see if it gave me a different look from my Nikon at about the 35mm focal length. 

 I used my Olympus OMD E-5 with the my Olympus 75MM F1.8 lens for a few of my tighther head shots like the first shot below.  The Olympus 75MM lens is one of the sharpest lenses I have ever used.  The depth of field and bokeh on this lens makes your subject seem almost three dimensional.  


Washington DC Georgetown Environmental Portrait Photographer

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Sky High Rooftop Photography in New York City

The Spring Edition of Strayer University's Scholar Magazine featured Allyson King, Vice President of Education at Clarins, the French skin care and cosmetics company.  We photographed Allyson at the Clarins USA HQ in New York City at their Park Avenue office.  Their office's are on the top floor of their building so we were able to go out on the rooftop and  take some great photos of Allyson with the Chrysler Building in the background.  

It was a very sunny day and the sun was right in Allyson's face.  So there was no way to get a good photo of her without her squinting.  So I had my assistant hold a large card between the sun and Allyson and we used an Paul C. Buff Einstein strobe to light her face.  

The cover photograph was taken with Allyson in front of a window through with me standing on a high stool shooting down at her with a New York building serving as our background.  We were able to open the window with no screens or glass to worry about.   You can see the entire article by clicking here.



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!

Posted by Reston, VA Portrait Photographer - Len Spoden


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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