Photography can be fun when you know what to look for.
I received a call last week from a group of lawyers needing to have some portrait photography. They were looking for something different as far as portrait photography is concerned. I drove over to their offices that they described as being not very exciting visually. Looking around their lobby I saw some things to work with, frosted glass and brushed steel walls, also a nice pattern of ceiling lights. This could be fun.
For this job I wanted to be fast and portable so I put together a set of small battery powered lights, Vivitar 285s, along with some colored plastic gels and a few snoots and grids, (light modifiers), that was it. Actually a tripod is always a good idea and I was fortunate my friend and photographer Matt Fukushima was available to come along with his creative eye and a couple of extra hands.
Getting there we started bouncing ideas off each other and lights off the walls and came up ideas that worked and some that did not. We set up shots that did work and had the lawyers come out one at a time when we were ready for them.
We had to pull back the reigns on our creativity a few times but that was all part of the fun. If photography was not fun it would be work, and who wants to go to work everyday.
I am also happy to shoot conventional images if that is your style. Here is a look at the process.