Location Portraits 2023

One of my great pleasures in photography is making portraits on location. It combines all the technical with all the personal: Getting a little glimpse and someone’s personality, in physical context. 

They take a little longer than regular headshots on seamless, but tell a completely different story. Consider them for your next branding update! See more location portraits here.

A Twist on Portraits

Splunk! That’s the sound of me being plopped into a beautiful Boulder tech office. Standing desks, kombucha on tap, and rescue dogs wandering around—A little taste of the bay area right around the corner.

It’s also the name of a company peopled by warm, funny, and smart employees. They wanted to do a variation on a traditional portrait: Full-length standing shots in addition to head and shoulders! What a cool idea!

If you’re considering shaking up your company’s look, give me a call! I’m along for your adventure. And setting your style apart from your competitors is something to be proud of!

Headshots at your Conference

Convenience! I’ve been taking a lot of headshots at conferences lately. Why? Mostly because we all got a couple years off, and many of my clients have employees spread all over the country. They only get together occasionally, and what an opportunity that is to do consistent portraits!

These are from last month at a big conference hotel. I was set up in a small side area, and everyone was invited to stop by between the morning and evening sessions (reminders are key). The photos only take a couple minutes, and we did dozens over two days. This association is in good shape until next year.

If you’re planning a conference, give me a call. I can help you plan for convenient, cost-effective portrait photography anywhere.

Remote Associates

Since 2020, we’ve all seen a really noticeable rise in remote working situations. Just this past month, I’ve photographed over a dozen portraits of people whose employers are out-of-state.

This is Elizabeth, who works in Denver, but whose home office is in Atlanta. her company, wisely, provides skyline backgrounds of all their cities. I just dropped this one in.

If you have an out-of-state team, consider a solution like this for both your brand’s cohesiveness and your associates’ convenience!

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In-House Stock

This month, I had the pleasure of shooting a pretty chunky in-house stock library for my client Corporate Travel Management. Their downtown office has a plaza level with hip furniture and floor-to-ceiling views of the city and mountains which was the perfect venue—Much better than an actual, working office.

Get-togethers (meetings, conferences, etc.) are a great opportunity to grab portraits or even stock like this of your associates!

For more headshots, portraits, and office shots, click here!

Cold, Dark Day

Environmental office portraits are always both a challenge and a lot of fun, and this case was no different.

I was matching a colleague’s look, and opted to go with this in-office background. This is a super hip office, so there are great angles all over.

But this was a dark, cold winter day, and it all looked a little sad. But happily, cameras are loaded with manual controls, so with some tweaking we got the bright sunny look we were after.

Happy Spring!

New Digs

One of my law firm clients recently moved from a low-slung DTC office, to, literally, a gleaming skyscraper. Floor-to-ceiling windows, real art, a Keurig, the whole thing.

My favorite clients are the ones who do their headshots in a “real” location, which is why we call them Environmental Portraits. In this case, their aesthetic is light and airy, and super-high-quality. They shoot these all over the country and my colleagues are good. It’s a fun challenge.

This is Stephanie, who went for the green without flinching.

The Suite Life

My wonderful client, Sentral, who design and build the hippest of apartment communities, asked me to help them with a bunch of portraits while they had all their executives in town from all over.

They had an event that evening in a hotel ballroom, so we got a suite for Happy Hour & Headshots. Suites are funny. The most obvious place for backdrop and lighting was a bedroom, but it wasn’t nearly wide enough.

No problem, I can stand out in the kitchen, and my fill light can go into the closet. The high ceilings are the important part anyway. Success!

Stylists were Stephanie Lane and Renee Espinoza. Highly recommended.

Ringing the Bell

“That sounds so cool!” I said to the events coordinator at Jackson, my Financial Services client in Nashville. He had just invited me to photograph their big day in New York: Ringing the opening bell on the floor of the Stock Exchange. This is the seat of the world’s economy, where it all happens, and a place you can’t even take a tour of anymore!

We also went up to Times Square to see their digital signage. Their extremely tall digital signage!

Between travel, traffic, and COVID, this was a shoot that had to be planned to the minute. Strict security protocols at NYSE, complicated logistics for getting people around, and a deep shot list with multiple midday uploads required a deep skill position bench on the planning side, and they nailed it.

For more corporate event photos, click here.

Annual Report – Midwest Edition

Last month saw another challenging but fun multi-day shoot for Black Hills Energy. Their focus for this years’ Annual Report is their gas service in the Omaha area, and all the safety improvements being made there.

From a 100-year-old downtown basement to suburban side-yards to rural pipe upgrades, the scope of service improvements kept growing. Nebraska is beautiful in late summer, and literally 90º warmer than last years cover shot: Dusk in Wyoming in January.

The key to a productive couple days like this is, al always, preparation. The crew at Black Hills lined up each of our shoots and subjects beautifully, so as long as I could keep my batteries functioning in 95º, we were in business. I’ll save hot batteries for another post.

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