What to Wear to Your Corporate Photo Shoot

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It’s picture day at the office. You’re updating your website, or maybe you’ve undergone a great deal of restructuring and your boss wants some photos of his “new” team. You want to look your best, but what, exactly, does that mean in today’s professional world? After all, corporate execs often look more like the college interns than they do their predecessors. And casual Friday elicits all sorts of wardrobe dysfunction. So, what to do about your corporate photo shoot? Keep these pointers in mind and you’ll be just fine:

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Environmental Portrait, Pastor Vermon Pierre

Pastor Vermon Pierre

I wanted to create a simple but clean portrait that didn’t inter fear with the subject or influence the viewers viewpoint. By scouting the location earlier, I made the decision to photograph the pastor in the morning due to the quality of the light coming into the sanctuary’s eastern windows. I was using an 8 X 10 view camera so I asked the Pastor to stand and get comfortable. I love it when things come together as they did in this portrait. He’s a good looking man the sanctuary is light and bright and the large format film quality is supreme. I exposed several sheets of film both in color and in black and white. The color shot was used in the final show but I want to show you the black and white version because I really like black and white and I particularly love the tonality of this image.

InFocus, Phoenix Art Museum Auction

Carnival Color Landscape Photo

View the Preview Exhibition starting October 5, and join us for the Silent Auction finale on Friday, October 18.

INFOCUS PhotoBid 2013 auction items may be viewed in person October 5-18 at Phoenix Art Museum’s Norton Photography Gallery.

I have a uniquely beautiful and eerie limited edition piece in this auction. It’s number 144. Please check it out. The photo is titled Carnival. It’s a found picture, that for me is a once in a life time photograph. It was May 1998 when I was experiencing a small dust storm rolling through the downtown Phoenix area. I was driving on I-17 when I looked to the north and noticed what appeared to be an abandoned carnival in empty dirt lot. The dust storm gave the scene a surreal picturesque movie set quality. I thought wow, that’s an incredible scene. I exited the freeway as soon as I could and drove back to the carnival. I quickly got out of my car composed the scene in my viewfinder and made about four or five frames with my Contax G-2 film camera. I caught the tale end of the dust storm but I knew I had a great photograph. After I processed the image and had master printer Carlos Mondelaveitia make me a print I realized I had a truly special photograph. When people look at the image they’re surprised it’s a photograph. In a way it looks like a pastel painting. The early morning light, the blowing dirt, the golden brown grass and colors of the carnival rides give it a painterly quality. This image and many more of my images are represented at the Tilt Gallery in Scottsdale.

If you have the time please visit the InFocus auction at the Phoenix Art Museum. There’s a lot of talent represented and some great photography to be had. So please support the arts…