Thursday, January 7, 2010

Portrait Blues

One of a photographer's worst nightmare's, besides forgetting your flash card to an assignment, is a having to shoot a bunch of lawyers or other suits in a dry, white wall office with generic office furniture. I labored and actually lost sleep over the years trying to figure out a creative way to do this. Believe me, this type of shoot is THE most common one I have. One of the gimmicks I've devised over the years, when all the elements are about as exciting as a bologna sandwich, is to just get them outside. Anywhere, a balcony, the outside lobby, an tree at the front entrance. There is ALWAYS something to work with and make an otherwise dull image a bit more exciting.
So I showed up to this shoot the other day and the secretary had a small, windowless office reserved for the shoot. After a few deep gasps, I looked over to the right and saw they had a big balcony overlooking the city. Thank God I was able to find a great backdrop because these folks were a bit lifeless(No offense to the subjects, just the story)


JT said...

Hi Sandy, You really nailed this one. Perfect conditions/lighting, a great location and your use of flash looks spot-on. I always get nervous when using a speedlight (on or off camera) when shooting a group. You must have used an umbrella? Great shot!

I always enjoy your work, your stories and creativity.


Sandy Huffaker said...

Thanks JT! I appreciate the kind words. We do have the best weather out here don't we?
I set up a portable strobe with battery pack and used an umbrella.
Have a great 2010!

Daniel said...

Yeah, I really like this one. said...

Beautiful shots !! Great post !!


jerod said...

More proof that you are indeed the man. Your pictures never cease to amaze me brother.

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