Tag Archives: Environmental Portrait Photography
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.
We had a fun shoot from a London based firm with an office here in Pittsburgh. This assignment required us to match shots they had produced in London. Thanks to their team for being so easy to work with.
Thanks to Commercial Integrator for the cover and feature story in their April 2013 issue. The Vector Security executive team were awesome to work with and made the shoot a lot of fun.
Another great editorial shoot with Sean Parnell author of Outlaw Platoon published by Harper Collins. We photographed Sean’s author bio for the book jacket last year. We were excited to hear from Sean again to produce photos for his upcoming website.
After reading the book, it is easy to see why Outlaw Platoon spent seven weeks on the New York Times Best Sellers List. As always, Sean was great to work with and we wish him continued success with Outlaw Platoon, his website and future projects.
Author photo for Harper Collins
Today I photographed Sean Parnell, author of a soon to be released book published by Harper Collins. Sean was a pleasure to work with and a great guy all around.