Corporate portraits that are crème de la crème

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to shoot some corporate images for Graham Shapiro, owner of GSD (Graham Shapiro Design). Graham had recently won the Crème De La Crème business award, another to add to his ever-growing collection of awards. Graham required a variety of images for press releases, magazine articles and other general publicity purposes. The shoot took place within the GSD office environment, a fantastic 400-year-old Tudor building situated near the centre of Nantwich in Cheshire.

For the first photo I sat Graham on the boardroom table, an interesting alternative to the office chair.

Considering Graham’s profession, I wanted to create images that were a little more striking than the average ‘passport photo style’ corporate portrait. Clearly, he was game for trying something different so we used the ‘boardroom’ of his premises as a backdrop, which was a touch more designer than the average office environment to say the least. That and the fact that Graham had brought along a few changes of outfit provided an opportunity to play with some various ideas in a quest to create images that would stand out from the crowd.

A Union Jack sweater – very different to the usual office shirt and tie.

These are the final images Graham selected for publicity use. All were shot with a Nikon D700 camera, a Nikon 28-300 vr lens and lit with a single Nikon SB900 Speedlight flash used on camera but bounced off interior walls to create softer side lighting. The images were shot in Raw format and processed through Adobe Lightroom.

‘Negative space’ around the main part of the image leaves lots of room for text to be over-layed.

Click on any image for a clearer view.

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