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Corporate Headshots for Wealth Management in Tampa Florida Photography

Corporate Headshot for wealth management in Tampa Florida - Nikon D300 Nikkor 80-200mm @ f/8 ISO 200 1/125th - Strobist: SB-800 & SB-600 in 43" brolly each @ 1/2 power

After the longest period from first contact to actual shoot date (almost 6 months!) I was glad to finally head to Tampa to make corporate headshots for the staff at a wealth management company.  One or more are often out of the office so I was in contact about every two weeks in that six months period trying to find a date everyone was available on.  Following up is key sometimes!  

They requested my standard neutral gray background for their headshots, and a traditonal vertical rectangle composition.  I used two speedlights, each in a 43" brolly.  One about 45 degrees to frame front right and one half closed to the rear of frame left.  

Smiling for a corporate business headshot in Tampa Florida - Nikon D300 Nikkor 80-200mm @ f/8 ISO 200 1/125th - Strobist: SB-800 & SB-600 in 43" brolly each @ 1/2 power

I had each person sit on a small stool and lean forward a bit with their right elbow on their right thigh to create depth and a more natural look overall.  Shooting in this kind of controled environment using the existing background means minimal editing needs to be done other than a little touching up and contrast tweaks.  

Having fun on location in my portable headshot studio in Tampa Florida. Collapsible gray background used on a stand and clipped to the wall hanging and a 43" brolly left & right with speed lights inside.

My portrable headshot studio fit nicely right in their office lobby!  It was a fun shoot and everyone did a great job in front of the lens.   

Tampa Jet Center in Florida at Dusk

A view from Tampa Jet Center with Raymond James Stadium home to the Bucs in the background - Nikon D300 Tamron 17-50mm @ f/8 ISO 200 5-exposure HDRI have had the chance to attend several events at the Tampa Jet Center in Florida.  Most of my photographs focus on the cars and people at those events, but I liked the airport setting itself and as one cannot exactly stroll onto a runway and make photographs legally in most situations, I appreciated the unique opportunity I had to shoot on the tarmac.  Luckily Mother Nature provided a nice background as the setting sun sent some orange light into the clouds at dusk that evening.

Silver Ferrari F430 Spider Tampa Car Photography HDR Tampa Jet Center

Ferrari F430 Spider at Tampa Jet Center - Tampa Car Photography - Nikon D300 Tamron 17-50mm @ f/11 ISO 200 7-exposure HDR tripod mounted with cable releaseThe scene in this photograph represents a certain kind of dream, one where you drive up in your Ferrari and hop onto a private jet that whisks you off to some exciting locale, no mess no fuss.  What does it make you think of? dream of?

I photographed this silver Ferrari F430 Spider at the Tampa Jet Center during an event there last year.  I wonder also what the custom license plate implies??

McLaren MP4-12C stylized HDR profile view Tampa Car Photography

McLaren MP4-12C photographed in Tampa Florida on digital background - Nikon D300 Tamron 17-50mm @ f/8 ISO 200 9-exposure HDR

Back in October I received a media pass to the Cars & Couture event in Tampa where I had the opportunity to photograph the event as a whole, and some supercars in particular like the above McLaren MP4-12C.  As is usually the case at car shows, all of them were parked pretty close to each other and there were people and other objects around in the background.  To focus just on the car I try to compose a view minimizing the background, and in this case, just remove the background altogether.  

The actual background of the McLaren MP4-12C shot from Cars & Couture event in TampaCoincidentally, I think I saw this McLaren parked in a neighbor's driveway just this past weekend!

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park Panorama Tampa Florida

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park 3-shot panorama - Nikon D300 Tamron 17-50mm @ f/11 ISO 200 1/500thAn oasis of grass and community in downtown Tampa, that is how I would describe Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  I made this 3-shot panorama image of the park while waiting for a potrait client to arrive.  On a sunny Thursday afternoon two days after Christmas, the park was full of people enjoying a crisp afternoon by the Tampa waterfront.  I thought I would try a handheld panorama shooting into the sun to see how it would come out.  

Flower Arrangement Photography Lesson in Tampa with Gopal

Getting things setup to photograph flowers using an industrial light system in TampaI have taught over 200 1-on-1 DSLR Photography Lessons to people who were mostly hobbyists wanting to get better at making photographs for themselves.  However, I am increasingly teaching people who want to get better at photography for improving their own business.  These are what I call Commercial DSLR Photography Lessons.  Such was the case when I went over to Tampa to teach Gopal (holding camera above) how to photograph flower arrangements using the lighting and gear he currently had.  

I still began the lesson like I do any other, by teaching Gopal my step-by-step processing for setting the camera in order to procduce a well exposed and sharp image in any given shooting condition.  From there we went to using his very specific setup in the same room he would be photographing the floral arrangements.  I gave advice on where to better position the lights and how to manipulate the exposure to produce the darker overall tone to the images that he wanted.  

In addition to this shooting process we also covered a little bit of digital editing workflow.  I look forward to seeing his final images using all we covered that afternoon.

Tampa Model Urban Portfolio Shoot with Stephanie

Pay phones may not be around much longer, I will be sad to see them go -- Nikon D300 Nikkor 80-200mm @ f/5.6 ISO 200 1/60th Strobist: SB-600 to frame left

During this portfolio shoot with model Stephanie in and around downtown Tampa a telephone theme began to just naturally get created.  I did not think about it at the time, but upon editing the above photo I realized that pay phones will not be around much longer.  Probably anyone under age twenty today has never nor will ever use one.  I find it very interesting the things that become obsolete in a society.

Similarly, phonebooks will become relics -- Nikon D300 Nikkor 80-200mm @ f/5.6 ISO 200 1/80th Strobist: SB-600 to frame leftIt seems only natural that if pay phones disappear, so too will phonebooks.  I cannot say that the last few phonebooks did anything but immediately go into the hallway closet and then eventually the recycling bin.  We found this old, decaying phonebook near an equally old and decaying house.  It was my idea to add the cellphone to the shot to contrast with the phonebook.

Analog technology in ruin -- Nikon D300 Nikkor 80-200mm @ f/2.8 ISO 400 1/400th Strobist: SB-600 to frame rightI really enjoyed making these nontraditional modeling shots with Stephanie and I appreciate her being open to so many unusual ideas.  She interacted with all the urban props we found in juxtaposition to how she was dressed, in flowing summer dress.