This morning I had a very fun business headshot shoot with Al of Bayprint. I have known Al for sometime now first meeting him through the Third Tuesday networking event he hosts every month. Nowadays I also see him once a month as he hosts a small business roundtable discussion. As you can see, Al is very generous with his time and is a great networker.
I went to his print shop in St. Petersburg and used the blank wall right in the breakroom for the background for the above shot. The goal for that particular shot was to include the Bayprint logo on his shirt in the frame and overall have the headshot not look too corporate, which is why Al is not looking straightahead nor directly into the camera lens.
For the last shot of the headshot session, Al wanted one with his arms crossed kind of looking intimidating to use as a fun image for his blog, etc. I used the Quick Select tool in Photoshop and then the Refine Edge function to cut Al out of the background you see in the top image and placed him on an empty background. I then added a new layer under the cut-out image of Al, painted it black, then added a single gradient diagonally to create the new background in the above shot. This is how I am able to make shots on location right in an office and still offer the client any choice of background.
Thanks Al and I will see you at future networking events!