I photographed The Row House in Westport for Westport Lifestyle Magazine. Before shooting for them I must say, I found rowing an uninspiring sport where it looked like misery and hard work. After talking and shooting with the ladies at The Row House, I have changed my mind. It is hard work, but the misery has been taken out of the equation. It is actually fun and everyone that I talked to really enjoyed what they were doing. The challenge of the shoot was the dark lighting in the studio. A simple two-light kit is what I used. The main light was bounced because I did not want it to look so artificially lit and then a little kicker light in the back to separate the people. These images are the type of shoot most companies would use for branding their company. It is fun, whimsical, and unforced. I will do some setup poses, but this was more of a natural-type shoot.
Branding photography for sisters who work together
Janine and Michele started their own company called Dwell Organized. They organize everything. I photographed their website last year. These were images showcasing their work and what they do. This time, they wanted some portraits. They wanted simple images that were clean and bright. Something they could use on their Instagram and social media. This was a simple setup where I used two lights. One main light and one fill light where I would also use it as a backlight.
Neat Capital Branding Photoshoot
Neat Capital is a mortgage firm located in Southport, Ct. I photographed their branding when they were located across from the railroad station in Westport. Neat’s old office was actually the location of our first photo studio in Westport from 1969- 2000.
The new office is much brighter than the old office and you can see this from the pictures I took. Justin was looking for fresh images of his fellow employees and the space was very easy to workaround.
I really enjoy branding photography. I find it a challenge in working with the surroundings and to create images that the client can use to promote their business.
Pinstripes Branding Photoshoot
Sherri contacted me to photograph Pinstripes restaurant in the Norwalk Connecticut mall. Also known as The Sono Collection. This restaurant is so much fun and it has a little of everything for everyone. I mean there is Bocci, bowling and fabulous food. I could have just hung out by the pizza oven all night, but I had a job to photograph.
I have known Sherri for many years. Sherri had me photograph for her when she worked at The Artisan in Southport, Ct.
Photographing for corporate clients is one of the many genres that I photograph. I enjoy people, so it is no surprise that most of my focus is on what people eat, what they build, or what they do. I am as comfortable photographing people eating pizza as much as photographing an interior of a building. To me, it is always telling a story with photographs.
surprise party at gray barns in silvermine
I was asked to photograph a surprise party at The Gray Barns in the silvermine area of Norwalk. I had photographed the chef here a few years ago for Westport Lifestyle Magazine, so I was very familiar with the restaurant. I actually took my prom date Laurie Hannah to The Silvermine Tavern back in 1982. that is what it was called back then. What a transition this restaurant has gone through. It is quite frankly, gorgeous!
high school portrait shoot at winslow park
These fall days are so wonderful to photograph. Not only the foliage, but the light, in general, is just so nice. Winslow Park AKA the dog park is one of my favorite “to go to ” spots in Westport. There are plenty of wonderful natural backgrounds to use in your portraits.
The lens I used on Mimi is one of my favorite portrait lenses. The 85mm 1.8 is very fast and produces nice bokeh. I also like to use it because I like to talk with the client and have them hear a little direction. With some longer lenses, you have to stand further away and you have to shout orders.
I like to use my Godox 200 flash with my octobox. The Octobox gives me real nice flash fill that wraps around the face. It is easy to set up and only takes a few minutes to put together. I also use this box for my corporate headshots.
Financial Company Branding Photoshoot
I photographed for Felix and Steve in the past. Maybe around 5 years ago they were working just the two of them as financial planners. They needed headshots for their business and I was happy to shoot for them. Felix also needed a photographer for his wedding, and I was more than happy to shoot his wedding. Relationships are important because people remember that you did a good job or you made them feel comfortable in front of the camera. There are many reasons to why they will rehire you for something.
Fast forward a few more years and now Felix and Steve have added 3 more people and they are renting in a gorgeous building in South Norwalk. I am so happy that they hired me to photograph the new team. They are called Guidelight Financial and they are fun to work with.
I shot these electrical towers a few weeks ago in Chappaqua New York. They were really amazing and the weather was perfect for the flight. I am photographing for an energy company and I thought these might be a perfect fit for their annual report. Will let you know….
The drone I am using is the Mavic air 2 which is the perfect compliment to my work. It is smallenough to fit in my bag, really easy to fly and the image quality is fantastic.
On a lighter note….. here are 13 creative exercises to help you with your photography. We all hit the wall some times but these will help you get past the wall. Good luck.
Architect Branding Photography
Megan is the owner of MLR properties. A design and construction company based in Fairfield County. Branding photography is no longer just a bunch of headshots. Now you have to tell a story behind the images. Locations help a great deal. An architect at their build, a swimmer at the pool or a landscaper in the garden. Half the fun of photographing a subject is coming up with the type of look or pose that the client will look natural and approachable.
Megan in her clients wine cellar that she designed.
picking out products.
Megan on site.
awesome toy store
Here is a perfect example of branding photography. I photographed The Awesome Toy Store in Westport for Westport Lifestyle Magazine. The clients were so happy that they purchased the images from me and are using them for their website and marketing campaign.One of the most important things a photographer has to do on a shoot is make the client feel comfortable so that you can get images that look natural and unforced.
Branding photography is a must when you need content for your website and marketing. These images could and will be used for social media. It is always a win win to do this for your business.