Think about your business portrait background.
Sometimes you have the opportunity to create Business Portraits in an environment that is complementary to the overall look of the photo and sometimes (a lot of times) you are not that lucky. Sometimes the background of a Business Portraits should simply be a non issue.
Using what you got for a business portrait.
I was at a clients home recently to produce some images for his new web page. We made some nice head and shoulder type business portraits using a studio background and then looked around for an environmental background for a secondary Business Portrait. It is always a good idea to photographed more then what you think you will need. This will save you money down the road when the need for a secondary photo comes up.
Since this was my subjects home and not an recognizable office setting it was time to get creative. Using a 70 to 200mm lens helped. The closer you zoom in on a subject the more out of focus the background becomes. Also shooting with the lenses maximum aperture, f2.8, reduces the depth of the focus. I set the subject at his kitchen counter opened up the french doors leading to the backyard and framed the subject in this.
Lighting the subject to match the background.
I used an umbrella on a off camera strobe to add some quality light to the subjects face. I deliberately over exposed the background so it would not be a discraction. A little creativity along with some technical know how and there you go, a crisp, clean Business Portrait that says exactly what you wanted it to say.
For some more examples view the examples on the Executive Portraits page of my website.Andy Templeton Photography Executive Portraits Orange County www.atempletonphoto.com 714 747-0556