Happy New Year! I’ve been wonderfully busy – but don’t want to have a few clients’ work fall off the radar from the past few months since I’ve installed this new site and blog, either – so let’s take a look at a few corporate portrait photography samples to kick off January’s entry:
Here is Major General Phillip Volpe, Commanding General of Western Regional Medical Command in Puget Sound. He flew a long way from Washington State, so I arrived more than 90 minutes early to set up for his portrait. Having scouted the location a few weeks before, I though that I’d use the leading lines of a speaking room’s seating to create a pleasant editorial portrait that put him in context where he was to be speaking that day. A lot of this idea was based on the warning that he’d likely not be in uniform, a potential request from the Army. But when I heard he’d been spotted in uniform, I adapted quickly to re-set for the shot you see here. This way, we get to focus on the man alone, his uniform and smile telling us all we need to know.
Next up is Crystal Ackley, model – and host of the Sportsman Channel’s American Airgunner. We wanted to create a series of images of Crystal in various wardrobes by a local designer, but too we wanted to be sure she walked away with a few head shots that showed a bit of a softer side of her than she shows on her cable program. Aside from using studio strobes, we also went for a nice, flattering shot as illustrated below. Reflectors and natural light do the work for lighting, Crystal and I did the rest.
I just delivered the final DVD sets to Annabelle and Mark, whose beautiful wedding we captured in late August. It was an amazing day of photography; we started early in the morning with Annabelle’s preparation, covering just about every move she and her family made at the house. From there we headed to the church, where the light was just perfect (almost never happens!). The reception was nearby at the Harbor Club, where their manicured waterfront property gave us an amazing setting. Congrats, you two.
Lastly, I’d love to mention the coverage I again provided for the American Parkinson Disease Association’s 6th annual dog walk. Every year it seems they bring in a larger crowd, with more donors, smiles and fun. My mom worked for the local Parkinson’s clinic for as long as I can remember, and I’m always happy to hear from the APDA when they need photo coverage. This year brought even more dogs with amazing skills, talent, and warmth to declare the day a success, and admittedly my knees were sore from the up/down to get some great angles. No matter how crackly my knees, it was worth it.