Re-Defining the Corporate Portrait

Thomas Interior Staff PicturesAbout four years ago I started shooting for a new client, Thomas Interiors, in Bloomingdale, Illinois. Right from the first shoot, I could tell they were a different kind of company. Everyone seemed happy to be working there; it had  a good vibe.

Thomas Interiors helps companies set up their office spaces with furniture and layout design. Their number one piece of furniture is the office chair, so we shot all the staff- from the CEO to the installation guys- either sitting in a chair, or posed next to it. I’ve been back multiple times as they’ve added new staff, and everyone gets the same kind of picture, but they get to choose how they want to pose. It’s made for a fun series and I think it’s really set them apart from many of the corporate portraits I’ve seen, or been asked to do.

To see more of their staff, and some of the other shots we’ve done, visit Thomas Interiors on the web.

Thomas Interior Staff Pictures

Thomas Interior Systems- Employee Portraits Thomas Interior Systems- Employee Portraits Thomas Interior Staff Pictures Thomas Interior Staff Pictures

 

The Adventures of Mike’s Camera is the blog of freelance photographer, Mike Hudson. He is available for commercial photography assignments– marketing, corporate, editorial, annual reports, lifestyle, web page photography, and events. His clients have included many regional and national magazines and newspapers, several healthcare providers, colleges, hotels, architectural firms, small businesses and more. Visit MichaelHudsonPhotography.com to check out his portfolio or contact him via email.

 

Hanging with the Animals

Lion, Lincoln Park Zoo, ChicagoA few days ago, I had a job where I was asked to photograph students from a college in Iowa, who are all interns in Chicago. I’ve done the shoot for about six or seven years now, and it’s always been a fun job. The students are all over the city, working for Fortune 500 companies to helping to resettle refugees and working with the homeless. One of the interns this time worked in the PR office at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

After I took his picture, I had some time for a lunch break. But, as I turned the corner to walk through the zoo on my way out, I saw a beautiful, serene lion basking in the sun. Not that that’s so surprising in a zoo, but it took me by surprise, being in the middle of downtown Chicago, surrounded by steel and concrete. I ended up missing my lunch (happens all the time), and spent about half an hour photographing the lion and in the primate house.

I don’t often get the time to shoot personal pictures, but this brought back why I love photography. I’m not an animal person, but there was something about these ones that just begged to have their portraits made. I wish I knew someone who worked with the animals at a zoo… I’d love to do a series of animal portraits.

Lion, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

Primate House, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

Primate House, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

Primate House, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

Primate House, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

Primate House, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

Primate House, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

Primate House, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

Primate House, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

Primate House, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

Primate House, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

Primate House, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

 

 

The Adventures of Mike’s Camera is the blog of freelance photographer, Mike Hudson. He is available for commercial photography assignments– marketing, corporate, editorial, annual reports, lifestyle, web page photography, and events. His clients have included many regional and national magazines and newspapers, several healthcare providers, colleges, hotels, architectural firms, small businesses and more. Visit MichaelHudsonPhotography.com to check out his portfolio or contact him via email.

 

Behind the Scenes: Airport CEO Shoot

Joe DePaulo, CEO of Clow Bolingbrook International Airport, for Naperville MagazineI’ve been fortunate to have Naperville Magazine as one of my clients for the past six or seven years. The city of Naperville is one of the most vibrant communities in the Chicago suburbs and the upscale magazine runs features on area restaurants, beautiful homes, fashion, and movers and shakers in the local area, including some of the CEO’s of large and small companies. I’ve been the CEO photographer for the past couple years.

At the end of the summer, I was asked to get some pictures of Joe DePaulo, the CEO of  Bolingbrook International Airport, a small municipal airport located in a neighborhood of homes and shops. I’m always given carte blanche when it comes to these pictures. My only instructions are to shoot it vertically to cover a full page, and to leave some space for type. It often takes some research on the internet to find out who the CEO’s are, and what their company does, so that I can shoot their picture with a bit of context to them. (If at all possible, I avoid taking their picture in their office, unless there are items in the room that will give me that context.) In this case, we were shooting at an airport, so it was a no-brainer. He needed to be with a plane, or in the control tower, or somewhere that said “airport”.

Joe DePaulo, CEO of Clow Bolingbrook International Airport, for Naperville Magazine

the headphones version

Well, there is no control tower at this airport, so Joe took me out to his private plane. It was perfect. It took some thought to figure out what to have him hold, where to put his hands, and what I wanted in the background behind him, but after moving the plane, I had the composition I was looking for. I had Joe holding his headphones in several of the pictures, but in the end, it looked too staged, so we lost the headphones.

The sun was out and the sky was blue– beautiful weather, and great as a backdrop for a picture of a plane, but the shadows were too harsh, so I rigged up a small flash to fill in the shadows. The only thing I was concerned about was that a breeze would knock over my light stand and flash, maybe even onto Joe’s expensive plane. Fortunately that didn’t happen!

The final picture shows a relaxed CEO proudly standing with his airplane.

Joe DePaulo, CEO of Clow Bolingbrook International Airport, for Naperville Magazine

final version chosen for a full page in Naperville Magazine

 

The Adventures of Mike’s Camera is the blog of freelance photographer, Mike Hudson. He is available for commercial photography assignments– marketing, corporate, editorial, annual reports, lifestyle, web page photography, and events. His clients have included many regional and national magazines and newspapers, several healthcare providers, colleges, hotels, architectural firms, small businesses and more. Visit MichaelHudsonPhotography.com to check out his portfolio or contact him via email.