Holiday Photo for Boston Gourmet Chefs

 

For the second year, we were invited by Boston Gourmet Chefs to take a photo for their holiday card. This year's theme was the 1920's. The goal was to send a message to their clients to celebrate with the company this holiday season,  showcasing their products. To achieve this, we researched the photography style and lighting from the era. The set up was designed as if they were together in a party with their clients. The four of them were posed around the table while enjoying  a glass of champagne. We illuminated the table from above with a softbox with a grid. Then, we illuminated  the four of them using three more lights with grids to avoid light spilling to the walls. We needed to focus on the people as well as the food. . Therefore in post production, we decided to separate the two things we needed to show by giving the photo an effect with grain and sepia colors to show some age to them. And we left the table with food with natural colors, This allowed the viewer to focus on both the people and the beautiful hors devours well.

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Corporate Headshot

A pre-consultation session with a client before a photo session is key to success. If you've never met before, introducing each other before the session helps both the client and the photographer to be more comfortable with each other the day of the photo shoot. If you already know each other, it is equally important to meet before hand and talk about expectations, style of the photographer and what the client envisions. What it is that motivates the client to get pictures taken. What he or she look to accomplish with the photos, etc. Some times a client doesn't know what they want, so, having samples of photos on hand and listening for your client's reaction to different compositions help to understand what they really want. All the information that you get from a pre-consultation meeting is really important to know how to approach the photo session and editing of the photos.

This headshot of Krista Anderson is one of the photos that we took for her real estate website, business cards and LinkedIn page. When we met, she told me that some of the characteristics that she wanted to reflect were confidence, approachability and professionalism. Krista is a Realtor in Massachusetts. If you are buying or selling property, visit her website at http://kristaanderson.kwrealty.com and contact her anytime with your real estate needs.

 

Daily Picture - Boston Gourmet Chefs Photo

 

We truly enjoyed this assignment for Boston Gourmet Chefs. Jacques wanted a cool and informal photo for their Holliday card. This picture was taken in their kitchen. We used three lights. A key light with a soft box, a fill light on camera right with an umbrella and one hair light. Every assignment has its own sets of challenges. In this case, the kitchen had a lot of reflecting surfaces. which was crucial when choosing the location of the lights and the angle from where we took the picture. Time was also key. The photo included food. And it was really important that it looked fresh and beautiful. 

 

Daily Picture - Headshot Photo Session

It is amazing how Linkedin has changed the professional market place. The way we project ourselves in our profile picture invites people to either click on our page or pass on it. This photo session was very exciting for us because our client had a specific idea of what he wanted to project with his photo. His ideas lead us to do a creative headshot session where we explored different backgrounds to achieve what he wanted to portrait. The location chosen to take the pictures was challenging. We had never taken pictures in the Boston Financial District area.  And that came with its own challenges. We had to pack light because we were going to have to walk long distances with our gear. That means that we couldn't bring everything we usually bring to a photo session. But at the end it was a rewarding and successful session.

At the end this is the photo that we liked the most. The funny thing about it is that we decided to take it when we were done with the session and we were already packing. We saw an additional opportunity for a picture with a nice background that presented a very even light. We couldn't pass on it. So we said, why not? let's take one more picture. 

What helped made this picture successful? At the end of a photo session the person being photographed is usually more relaxed in front of the camera and acts more naturally. And the photographer has a better connection with that person and knows what angles work best for him or her.

The photo session was great. We had a lot of fun. Our client was terrific. He was ready to try every idea we had, always with a great attitude.

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Daily Picture - Halloween

I had an opportunity to quickly set up a room with a couple of lights, a black backdrop and some fake color spider webs to take pictures for a Halloween party/custom contest. I used a total of three lights. A kick light to give a bit of a spooky filling to the pictures, a light on the back to back light the spider web and to provide a bit of a rim light and a soft box at camera right to fill up a bit of shadows produced by the light on the floor. The intention was to get pictures on the darker side and to edit them to emphasize the texture and the tonalities. Pirate Franky was the winner of the contest (congrats). Both, he and I loved the picture.

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Picture For A Writer

Our buddy Cory is a self-published author who has released one novel, Dark Shield, which is part one of the Half-Breed Series. It’s a young adult science fiction/fantasy. Recently we took a photo of him to use for his website and blog, and this is the end result.

His blog features a series called Wes Parker: Monster Hunter, which is a collection of stories following Wes as he hunts creatures of the night. Here’s a sample of his first post for the series.

"I don’t know why I get myself into these awful situations. There was a vampire in front of me and a vampire behind me, both eager to feed on my blood. It was a full moon, the sky was clear and the night was cool—a perfect night for hunting. Now these weren’t your now-a-days vampires that you could date and were pretty and blah, blah, blah. These monsters wanted nothing but to drink my blood and were very, very ugly. I personally like myself the way I am so I was going to try and kill them first."

To read more visit his blog cjpikebooks.wordpress.com. You can also find links to his book as well. The second of the Half-Breed Series, Vampire King, comes out on 10/23/13.

 

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