Back in March I was brought in by the good folk at Gibson Energy to photograph the companies top executives for their annual report, and seeing as a copy of that annual report recently showed up at my front door, I thought I'd take a moment to share some photos and behind the scenes from the shoot with ya'll. Now, in my experience, corporate jobs always tend to be somewhat of a constantly changing creature. What I mean by that is that no matter how much planning you do before the shoot, inevitably something always changes come shoot day, whether its adding more people to the shot list, changing locations to a much smaller room because the large boardroom suddenly became unavailable, people running late, etc. Fortunately I've garnered enough experience in my years of shooting to know this is just part of the gig, and I've dealt with so many of these situations that it's not even an issue anymore, just a quick problem solve then business as usual.
Whenever possible I always head to the location a few days before the shoot to scout out a few possible spots for what I need to make the photo I have in my head, especially when you are dealing with the heads of large companies who's time is usually pretty tight windowed. Spending a 1/2 hour walking around the offices a few days prior to the shoot saved my ass when I showed up on the day and found out that they had decided to double my shot list for individual portraits, going from 6 people to 12. Knowing things like this happen I always schedule 'buffer' time to allow for additional photos, but doubling the amount of portraits I had planned for ate up any time I would have needed to scout a location and set up for the group shot. Pre-scouting for the win.
When scouting I had decided on the presidents office because of the large window and the fact that the sun wouldn't be blasting through it given the time of day, the downside was that I was going to have to tear apart his office to make it happen, fortunately he was an awesome fella and just told me to do what I had to do. 15 minutes later my assistant Jeremy and I had everything moved and the lighting set, 10 minutes after that we had the final frame and the shoot wrapped.
Here is the final group shot:
This is how it laid out in the report:
And this is what it looked like from where they were sitting:
The two octa-boxes on the right were used to evenly light the group, with the PLM on the left with the diffusion panel acting as a fill to bring out the shadow detail on the left side of their faces so it wasn't too contrasty. I then shot a separate frame of just the windows without the lighting to mask out the reflections in post.
Hopefully if you're looking to get your feet wet in the corporate photography world this post will act as a little heads up for what you can expect. If you have questions, use the comments section. Thanks for reading.