Princeton University Campus Business Portraits

Panagiota needed headshots for her business as a Limbic Life Coach. I had to ask...what is a Limbic Coach? I quote the Palo Institute for Systemic Coaching :

"Brain research shows that our "emotional brain" chooses our actions based on memories and emotions, long before our "thinking brain" gets involved. That’s why many people find it difficult to follow through with their resolutions to change a behavior. The Limbic Coaching method starts at this point by purposefully utilizing mental self-healing capacities to dissolve blocks in the limbic system (the emotional brain).

Using this innovative approach, emotions and memories that inhibit performance and productivity are processed in an outcome-oriented, effective way. To achieve this, the Limbic Coaching method consistently integrates the brain’s processing mechanisms to deal with information, stress and emotions."

We discuss over the phone what she is looking for, and then on the day of the shoot, I meet her at her home. We go over her waredrobe that we have discussed earlier and finalize it, including her shoes and jewelry. I wanted everything to go with her bubbly and warm personality!

When we talked, it was decided that we would go onto Princeton University's campus. It's literally down the street from her and only about 30 minutes from where I live and 15 minutes from my private, parochial school, Notre Dame HS. So I'm familiar with parts of the campus and the town. But, since I had camera gear with me, we took my car and luck was on our side because we got a parking spot right across the street from where we wanted to be!

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onlocationbusinessportraitbyDeirdreRyanPhotography
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onlocationbusinessportraitbyDeirdreRyanPhotography Executive Coaching, Life Skill Coaching, Transition Coaching

I used my Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L non-IS lens coupled with my Canon Mark 5D III for the entire photoshoot. I love the compression that I get with this lens for portraits. For the first shots, I used 2 Westcott Rapid boxes, and set my Canon flashes to shoot in wireless mode and in HSS, so that I could shoot with a shallow depth of field and with a higher shutter speed. 

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onlocationbusinessportraitbyDeirdreRyanPhotography Executive Coaching, Life Skill Coaching, Transition Coaching
onlocationbusinessportraitbyDeirdreRyanPhotography Executive Coaching, Life Skill Coaching, Transition Coaching
onlocationbusinessportraitbyDeirdreRyanPhotography Executive Coaching, Life Skill Coaching, Transition Coaching
onlocationbusinessportraitbyDeirdreRyanPhotography Executive Coaching, Life Skill Coaching, Transition Coaching
onlocationbusinessportraitbyDeirdreRyanPhotography Executive Coaching, Life Skill Coaching, Transition Coaching

Then she went and did a quick change of her clothes and we did some natural light shots. Once again, I only used my Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L non-IS lens with my Canon Mark 5D III. 

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onlocationbusinessportraitbyDeirdreRyanPhotography Executive Coaching, Life Skill Coaching, Transition Coaching
onlocationbusinessportraitbyDeirdreRyanPhotography Executive Coaching, Life Skill Coaching, Transition Coaching
onlocationbusinessportraitbyDeirdreRyanPhotography Executive Coaching, Life Skill Coaching, Transition Coaching
onlocationbusinessportraitbyDeirdreRyanPhotography Executive Coaching, Life Skill Coaching, Transition Coaching
onlocationbusinessportraitbyDeirdreRyanPhotography Executive Coaching, Life Skill Coaching, Transition Coaching

As we were walking back to the car, she really loved this bronze sculpture. At first, I wasn't too sure if you were allowed to sit inside of it or not. But then we saw a few people doing that. So we decided to go for it, and as you can see, the images below are gorgeous. All natural light, once again, just my Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L non-IS lens coupled with my Canon Mark 5D III. 

We had such a blast! And of course there happened to be a LOT of people and teens on a open house tour of the campus I think. It was really crazy. We kept each other laughing the entire time, then it started to get really hot, and by then we had our shots. I like to work quickly whenever possible for the comfort of my clients.

Being different works and I'm happy to say that we are now friends, she and I. This happens quite often and is another reason why I love my career! Thank you so very much! 

Here is Panagiota's website Soon there will be more but you can contact her through it.

Are you look for something different?  Do you have the caliber of images that agencies are looking for to help you with your marketing? I can help you by looking at your images to see what's right about them. Contact me and let's set up an appointment.

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