VIB Law (Business Portrait Photography) @ San Jose, California

The fearless and highly skilled triad of leadership at VIB are revamping their website, and need some quality content to help populate the beautiful new design. Having worked together before, the talented fellows at WebDogs recommended VIB give me a call to help fill out the content vacuum. The goals for the initial shoot were pretty simple – headshots of each of the law firm’s partners and a few group photos. I used the building lobby downstairs for the individual portraits – a wood-paneled column in the middle of the lobby served as a nice, lawyer-ly backdrop for the individuals, but wasn’t wide enough for the whole group. For that, we ventured up to the VIB lobby,

Business Headshots for Lawyers – San Jose, California – photos by Bay Area portrait photographer Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com Business Headshots for Lawyers – San Jose, California – photos by Bay Area portrait photographer Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com Business Headshots for Lawyers – San Jose, California – photos by Bay Area portrait photographer Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com Business Headshots for Lawyers – San Jose, California – photos by Bay Area portrait photographer Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com

The setup for the VIB lobby group portrait

As you can see from my phone capture, the ambient lighting situation was pretty challenging. Also, the plastic VIB letters on the facing wall are highly reflective, meaning I had to do some ninja light bouncing with my key light (that big Profoto softbox) to avoid seeing a big white circle in the VIB signage. It’s hard to see, but I also have to speed lights clamped to the window molding on both sides of the room at head-height. These are optically triggered by the ProFoto and are serving to bring up the ambient light in the lobby space behind the group, but without illuminating them directly. Thinking on my feet in situations like this is half the fun!

 

 

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