This week was a challenge. A challenge in the positive sense where I found myself shooting in a style I hadn’t yet tried - corporate portraiture.
I teamed up with a local creative agency whose client, the European Climate Foundation, was getting a website refresh that needed updated profile photos for their employees. They wanted something that didn’t fall in line with your typical white-background-sit-still-and-smile aesthetic. We found some outdoor locations on their balconies and in a local park, and with some stroke of luck, a two-day shoot where the weather forecast showed nothing but rain proved sunny and bright. That’s not always a good thing, however.
Flash photography is new to me, and all I’d known about it previously was that it usually takes lots and lots of practice to do it well. This was my first time using a strobe setup and I certainly appreciate the difficulties now. The general process for this style of shooting is to expose for your background by changing your camera settings (shutter speed, aperture, ISO), and then use the flash to light your subject. The only issue is when the sun jumps out from behind the clouds nonstop throughout the day. I found myself having to change camera settings far more often than I’d have liked, and many of our subjects were more than keen to get back to work as quickly as possible. It was a pressured situation trying to nail exposure quickly, but I always enjoy the challenge of adjusting on the fly.
All went well, though. In the end it was a great learning experience and a type of photo shoot that I hope I find myself in again. Enjoy the photos!