Category Archives: Environmental Portrait Photography
We were commissioned by Auve Daily, a lifestyle magazine out of San Fransisco to photograph
local entrepreneur Lani Lazzari. Lani started her skincare product, Simple Sugars,
at 11 years old in her family’s kitchen. Her goal was to develop an all-natural product that would be safe for sensitive skin. At age 19, Lani appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank and landed an investment deal with Mark Cuban. Simple Sugars is now a huge success!
We photographed Lani at her new office and distribution center. This place is really cool.
Lots of pink, graffiti and inspirational quotes all over the walls. We had 3 different set ups to shoot
of Lani and didn’t want to take up too much of her time so we worked fast. In between setups Lani was still able to get work done and we were able to get some great shots.
We were contacted by the Editor from Occidental College magazine from L.A. to photograph one of their alumns who is now an award winning Master of Science student at Carnegie Mellon University. Even though we are very familiar with CMU’s campus, we wanted to find a location that was both really cool and also out of the way. So we packed up the camera and took a beautiful spring morning to scout. We found many unique areas around campus and after sending the scout pics off to the
editor, we all agreed on a location for the shoot.
This location had tons of available light, but we wanted a little more control over the quality.
We also wanted to keep the setup small and tight since we were in a public area.
We used flags to keep most of the available light off of Juan and then lit him with
a single medium softbox on a battery powered head. Juan was awesome! The magazine
was happy and we ended up with many great shots, it was hard to choose a final.
On a gorgeous fall morning we were on location photographing for a local PA solar company.
I have never photographed solar panels before. You don’t realize how huge these things are until you’re right up close to one.
For this portrait we left the battery packs in the car and used the sun as a back light. We then front filled Dave with a silver reflector. We shot low and wide skimming one of the panels for a little bit of drama.
We were fortunate to be sent on assignment for one of our oldest clients. We love that we have been able to keep a relationship with this company for over a decade. We happened to be traveling through Pennsylvania and Maryland on our way to Virginia for another assignment. Since we were passing through their footprint, we were able to stop at two of their shop locations to capture some environmental portraits of a few of their long term employees. These guys were all great to work with and we had a lot of laughs while capturing the images. Great employees for sure! The company is lucky to have them.
Pittsburgh has some awesome locations to shoot environmental corporate portraits. Shooting on the street can be tricky. You always have that dude that stands around watching the shoot while adding his two cents and asking questions about your gear. Keeping your subject comfortable while politely getting your new best friend to move along is an art form in itself, but that is just part of the downtown experience. It was a cloudy day in Pittsburgh (hard to believe, I know) which gave us beautiful soft natural light. Soft light, strong composition and a great model = successful shoot.
We were commissioned by a magazine out of California to photograph Pittsburgh’s Chief Innovation and Performance Officer Debra Lam. This is a newly created position as part of Mayor Bill Peduto’s executive team and puts Pittsburgh on the sustainability map with other forward thinking cities such as San Francisco and Portland.
I have always loved the lobby of Pittsburgh’s City County Building. While I have photographed in the building before, I never had the opportunity to photograph in the lobby. Debra gave us the o.k. to shoot wherever we wanted, so we went for it. Photographing anyone in a busy public space always has its challenges. After making sure my liability insurance was paid up, I scouted and came up with a plan. You have to stay compact and out of the way, making sure no one stumbles over your gear. You also have to keep your subject relaxed as strangers walk by, stop, stare and of course comment on what you’re doing. I’ve become immune to the public audience, but find it important to remember that often times, our subjects may feel uncomfortable. Debra handled it all like a pro and gave us these beautiful and elegant shots.
On a cold February afternoon, we headed out to a local university to shoot this editorial portrait of Barry for their Alumni Magazine. The cool thing about this assignment was that we were shooting for multiple platforms, a printed magazine and also their iPad app which incorporates a lot of transition movements. Really cool. This also meant I had to stick to a tripod to make sure everything matched up. We shot tethered so the art director could make sure we had plenty of options. We found this awesome spot with tons of shapes and soft available light. We added a single softbox to punch up the light on Barry.
We were contacted by an agency out of Wisconsin to shoot an environmental portrait for Schneider Trucking. We love this type of work and were excited to spend some time talking with our subject. I say this all the time, but the best part of my job is the opportunity we have to meet different people. This job did not disappoint. We had an awesome time getting to know Perry a bit while capturing some great images.