Board of directors headshots

March 30, 2016

With the recent addition of five individuals to the board of directors, Arts Midwest wanted to show off their lovely faces to the world and include a small bio for each person. I had the privilege of photographing the new board members as well as several others at the most recent board meeting in Minneapolis, MN in February.

Since the meeting took place in a meeting room at the Marquette Hotel downtown, I packed up my portable headshot studio with a backdrop, three lights, and my camera gear. I knew I wanted to achieve a constant look between all of the shots, hence the backdrop and light setup. This board meeting only had half of the entire board in attendance and at some point I knew I would need capture the rest of the board. Therefore, it made sense to me capture each member in a way I could easily replicate at a later date.

Once I arrived, I set everything up in a corner of the room in about 30 minutes, ran some tests, and then cycled each member through like it was picture day at school. Some tools I found invaluable: a small mirror or cell phone camera so they could check themselves out before the shots, a lint roller, an index card for them to stand on, a stool for me to stand on (some people were pretty tall), and a wrangler for the talent.

I'm pretty pleased with the results and if I were to do anything differently, I think I would get another strobe instead of a speedlite for the backdrop separation light. The speedlite output was a bit inconsistent, sometimes too strong and sometimes too weak.

Below are a few samples. I just love how each person's personality shines through and makes each portrait unique despite the same setup and environment.

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