How to Shoot Your Boss? And Get Away with It.

I thought the title, “how to shoot your boss” would be rather eye catching. If you are a photographer, you know how difficult it can be to photograph men; unless you are shooting male models or they need pictures for their company web-site. This is the case in this situation.

About a week ago, I got a message from a former manager of mine, asking if I would be willing to photograph him. You see about a year ago, I offered this to him, as a way to build my portfolio, as well as a way to give back, since he is also one my manager references. I agreed and he had sent over a sample picture of what he was looking for. It seems that his picture was going to be used on a company’s web-site. See, I told you. I studied the lighting and decided that we would use a single light source and a black muslin, for a more dramatic look, shoot in color and convert to black and white. Here are a few more tips that may help:

Agree to everything up front. Do not leave any lose ends, as the day of the shoot may come and you cannot agree on the form of the payment or how you will deliver the photos. (**Note: Even though you know this person, be professional, you never know where it may lead. **)

One of my favorites phrases, “Be Prepared”. Clean and inventory your equipment the day before. You don’t want to arrive on location, just to find out that your lenses have seen better days or that you forgot to bring extra batteries.

Be ready to shoot once you arrive on-site. You don’t want to be installing memory cards and installing batteries when you arrive.

Make sure that client looks his or her best, with both hair, make-up, and his or her outfit. Allow the client a few extra minutes time, for composure.

If the client wants to wear his or her glasses, remember to angle their glasses forward, as well as raise the umbrella or lightbox a bit higher to avoid eye glass glare.

One thing, I cannot stress enough is to check your clients outfit. Since the client requested a fairly dark shoot. I did not realize that his shirt had become a bit wet due to heat. Not until I started my post production work did I notice.Which of course, caused a little extra work in Photoshop. All in all, the shoot was fun. It gave us an opportunity to catch up and share our thoughts and current activities.

I hope I have not bored you too much. I had a lot of fun writing this one like all of my blogs. I trust I have given you some valuable tips to think about, before planning your next shoot. It’s not all bad, just be clear and informative, it will save you a lot of headaches. Remember nothing is set in stone and there is not a perfect formula, so go out and have some fun.