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Working With A Client's Branding For Their Business Portrait

I had the pleasure of photographing Deb’s professional business portrait that best portrays her brand and her website, Advocate for Mom and Dad.Her business derives from her time dealing with the emotions and stress of caring for her disabled mother after the death of her father. She became not only the caregiver, but in charge of finances, as well as so much more.

Many family members very often are now coming across this situation as their parents age, and have no idea what to do or where to start. Deb’s website is a huge source of information to help out and I highly recommend it.

Instead of having your standard headshot done inside of a studio setting, we went outside. Deb has a great bubbly, down to earth, and approachable personality. And her brand colors are yellow and blue. I loved that she took these colors into consideration when choosing her outfit, even with her glasses which were also blue. We decided to go to Mercer County Park alongside the lake towards sunset. I brought my friend, Barry, to assist with my equipment. He’s also a photographer, and from Australia. It was pretty windy, so I was so thankful that Barry was there to help me out!

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We wanted the golden hour, but it was overcast, windy, you know….a typical fall day. Of course the clouds went away after we were done and Deb drove off to go home. LOL So down by the lake I used the water as the background. This is the one that Deb picked out. The other two, I also liked.

I used a variety of two different types of modifiers, that day and my Canon 600 EX-RT flashes that I triggered wirelessly using the Canon ST-E3 RT Speedlite Transmitter. My two Westcott Rapid Octa boxes, that are made specifically for flashes. I have the 26’ and the 20” versions and I have to say, I have tried the cheaper versions, and I returned them to get these instead. They are quick and easy to setup and use. Worth every penny! I also had a reflector underneath Deb to minimize and shadows. This was the setup with the lake behind her. Now I noticed a bit of a hotspot on the side of her face, so I had Barry hold one of my reflectors with the black side up to act as a flag, so that the light so came through, and the hotspot went away. For the next shot, we went up the embankment a little and I used the larger 60” Photek Softlighter Umbrella. I only used one flash this time. Now I did have weight bags with me that day as well. My favorites are Matthews Baby Boa Weight Bags. You can wrap them around stands and they stay there.

Behind the scenes of photoshoot for Outdoor On Location Business Portrait Deirdre Ryan Photography for Advocate for Mom and Dad
Behind the scenes of photoshoot for Outdoor On Location Business Portrait Deirdre Ryan Photography for Advocate for Mom and Dad
Behind the scenes of photoshoot for Outdoor On Location Business Portrait Deirdre Ryan Photography for Advocate for Mom and Dad
Behind the scenes of photoshoot for Outdoor On Location Business Portrait Deirdre Ryan Photography for Advocate for Mom and Dad
Behind the scenes of photoshoot for Outdoor On Location Business Portrait Deirdre Ryan Photography for Advocate for Mom and Dad
Behind the scenes of photoshoot for Outdoor On Location Business Portrait Deirdre Ryan Photography for Advocate for Mom and Dad
Behind the scenes of photoshoot for Outdoor On Location Business Portrait Deirdre Ryan Photography for Advocate for Mom and Dad
Behind the scenes of photoshoot for Outdoor On Location Business Portrait Deirdre Ryan Photography for Advocate for Mom and Dad

Barry getting "blown away"!Thanks Deb for taking this photo of us!

I cannot stress to you how important it is to have someone assist me on a shoot like this. I do my best to pack light, and honestly, I did. But with the wind, and other factors, this is why a professional photographer needs help on a photoshoot. It may seem like a small enough gig to you or others, but when you see what we bring, and the results of that effort and time, it’s well worth it.

Thanks again Deb for putting your trust in me, the images came out great and we all had a great time! And another huge thanks to Barry for being awesome!

All images on this post are Copyright Deirdre Ryan Photography. It's illegal to steal the images, if you do, not only will bad karma come your way, but I can and will bring the law down on you. Have a great day!

Princeton University Campus Business Portraits

Panagiota needed headshots for her business as a Limbic Life Coach.

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 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

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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! 

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.

Summertime's Here, Perfect for Outdoor Headshots!

The past couple of months have been a bit hectic for me. Last year I booked 2 weddings for the month of May of 2016, and in between those weddings I have been busy with my family, networking, a portrait session, and testing some lighting techniques. Also school’s out so those of use with children you know how things are now. Keeping our kids busy while working and having fun ourselves too. I no longer do weddings like that anymore, but they were wonderful and beautiful! I have been having fun with using a cinematic type of technique for my clients that I can use for their headshot. We can shoot outdoors, almost anywhere and have our normal fun time but the effect is just gorgeous. I was just on Princeton University campus last week with a client and we did a combination of this a natural light for her’s and I can’t wait to show you them!

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The following were kind enough to sit for me after a networking breakfast meeting at Fedora’s Cafe in Lawrenceville, NJ. Please take a look at the the links for their businesses and let them know that you saw their headshot on my site. Thank you :) Karen Hodges Miller-PUBLISHER-Open Door Publications

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Leena Thakar-Bagawde-Illustrator/Clay Artist

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