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Shooting Professional and Casual Portraits

How Did I Shoot That? Professional and Casual Portraits

How can you shoot a professional and casual shoot? Keep reading to learn how.

If you follow my work, you know that my main commercial offering is professional/corporate portraits. Some time ago, a very good friend of mine named Ricardo approached me because he wanted to renew his portraits. His requirements, however, were a bit specific.

Objectives

Ricardo wanted two sets of portraits: one to be used in professional environments and social networks like LinkedIn, and another set for more casual social networks like Facebook. For his professional images, he wanted to show that he has become an accomplished leader and he is somebody to trust. For his casual images he wanted to display that he’s a relaxed guy and an avid cyclist.

These objectives dictated that we had two shoots: an outdoors shoot at a park using his bicycle as a prop, and another one in a studio.

Gear

Choosing the gear for these shoots was simple. Of course, I used my Fujifilm X-T2 and paired it with the XF35mmF1.4 and XF56mmF1.2 R lenses, because those are the recommended focal lengths to shoot portraits in APS-C based cameras, and I love the look those lenses produce.

I must mention that my assistant for the shoot was Fernando, one of my current students, who did a fantastic job assisting the shoot and as cameraman shooting the video.

I hope you enjoy this video and helps you plan and setup your next photography productions.

What are the challenges you have faced in a photo shoot? Please tell me your story in the comments section.