How to shoot corporate portraits

First you need to understand what the background will be on location. Ask your client and you may suggest some options and show some examples.

In this shoot, it was agreed to use gray background in a conference room.

Then you need a schedule of the shoot: plan every aspect of it including time for preparation and also lunch.

Mark the spot where your subject will be standing with a tape on the floor.

The main key light will come from a softbox with a grid, since the room is quite small, all the light must come to the subject and not to be wasted on walls.

Another softbox (octo shaped) will be used as a rim light. It will light the subject from behind and left. The background will be lit with a a grid light, you need to separate your subject from the background.

Since shadows are still a bit harsh on subjects' faces, it is a good idea to place an umbrella behind the camera so that it acts as a fill light.

This setup works well with people wearing dark suits. For subjects who have bright shirts, use a back flag to block the light from your main light source coming to the white shirt.

The background light is also adjusted depending on the person's hair color. Dial it down if the hair color is bright.

Ask your subjects to bring 2-3 outfits so that there are some options. Bring a hand held mirror that you can give to people and thus avoid having them leaving the room if they think they need to check their hair.

Sometimes a person has no tie but feels he should be photographed with it, so bring a nice blue tie to lend in such cases.

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