An American University commissioned me at the start of the year for three portrait photography sessions. I was to shoot portraits of three speakers who were talking at their upcoming academic event in London. The photos would be used to promote the event.
The brief and logistics were arranged mainly over email. The first shoot was at Blackboard’s office in the West End. The subject was wearing a vibrant yellow top which complimented the colourful graphics on the boardroom wall, so a variety of portraits were taken here. A few different lighting set ups were used to give the client a variety of looks.
The next shoot was at Uber’s office in Aldgate, and portraits were taken both inside and outside. A textured metal wall in the reception area caught my eye so I used this as the backdrop for the first set of images, using blue gels over the back lights to create a blue tone. For the exterior portraits, I used a slow shutter speed to blur the traffic in the background, while my portable flash lit the subject, keeping him sharp.
The final portrait was taken at a residential location in London. The majority of images were shot on a Canon 5D mark iv with my Sigma Art prime lenses which are my go to portrait lenses due to their build quality, sharpness and contrast. The 85mm lens is a particular favourite.
I also photographed the event itself which was held at the London Transport Museum, a venue I had visited but not worked at before. It was great to see it used as an event space, and a very photogenic one at that.
After the talks there was a panel discussion, followed by networking.
You can click on the following links to view posts on event photography at Senate House and corporate event photography at the Hilton Edgware Road, both in London.