Location tells half the story

My goal last week was to step out of my comfort zone and I think my latest portrait assignment accomplished that. For the Executive portrait I had to shoot a portrait on location of a person of authority.

One of the main objectives of this project was learning how to light a subject and work with different light colour temperatures from different light sources. In my image, I shot on location at my model’s office. In the office I set up two studio lights, one to light her and one to light the background and enhance the natural daylight coming from the window.

In order to convey the feeling of executive or someone in power I had my model sit on her desk instead of sitting the conventional way in a chair. I used props to enhance the feeling of an executive or boss and to create a business setting. I added textbooks on the shelf, had my model hold the glasses and pretend to be working on the laptop, and put a screenshot of an spreadsheet program on the screen on the desk.

In the end, I’m happy with my shot and I learned how to handle things outside of a studio setting!


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