We were recently invited back to Praxis Life Sciences in Lake Forest for a full day of business headshots, corporate lifestyle photography and coverage of their annual meeting.  Our morning involved setting up for the corporate portraits on a white backdrop to replicate the headshots we’ve done for Praxis in the past.  I’m a big fan of using a white backdrop since it’s such a clean look and it feels less formal to me as well especially with the lighting scenarios we use.  Cross lighting with a parabolic umbrella as the main, medium softbox as the hair light, 2 reflectors on the backdrop and the Westcott Eyelighter as a front fill.  This handy tool creates such a beautiful wrap and spectral highlights that I use it whenever possible, even for environmental portraits.  After wrapping up the corporate portraits, we had some time before the start of the meeting, so we staged a few corporate lifestyle shots in the hallway and in the lobby as well.

Moving on to the meeting coverage my initial intention was to bring in some lighting for fill.  But as the day moved along, the sun made an appearance and we had plenty of available light to work with between the daylight streaming in and the overheads which worked out perfectly since the use of strobe would have proved distracting.  When covering smaller meetings, it’s critical that I’m unobtrusive and ideally, I’d like my subjects to forget that I’m even there so that I’m able to capture the candid and genuine moments and we certainly managed to do that on this round of images.

A shout-out to my Assistants Whitney and Chris who once again proved to be invaluable!  And of course to everyone at Praxis, especially Jamie who helped to coordinate, schedule and prepare so that our day went so smoothly!