Executive & Business PortraitsIn this executive portrait the goal is the same but the approach is more subdued, formal and professional in nature. The look and feel for any portrait? is generally determined by the subjects needs and intended use for the image. In this case the subject was a tenured law professor and speaker who needed a portrait for the school’s website and for her speaking engagements. The use of low-key lighting creates a more serious and professional feeling for the image. Clamshell lighting, a lighting pattern popular in beauty photography, was used to light the subject. In this very flattering lighting pattern there is an overhead light source, a light source below the subject?s face (in this case a reflector), and a back light to create separation between the subject and the background. Details & Inspiration for Shot AboveExposure: ISO 100, f/14, 1/200 second with a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens.The posing in this image also plays an important role. The subjects shoulders and body are angled away from the camera creating a pleasing appearance for the figure. Angling the body has a slimming effect and helps reduce the boxy feeling a figure can have when photographed straight on.Pay careful attention to the height subjects front shoulder when creating this kind of image, the lower the shoulder the more inviting the body language is. Here I struck a balance keeping the shoulder at a medium height and in a position that I felt was appropriate for the subject and her intended use. Having the subject angle her face camera left also cast her in broad light (the largest portion of the face lit is in Broad Light). Normally Broad Lighting is something you may want to stay away from (especially with women) because it can add weight to the appearance of the face. This subject was very slender so it helped add some fullness back into her face. A slight smile helps convey a warm and approachable yet professional feeling.Resources:Richard Avedon: http://bit.ly/yDJuphAnnie Leibvoitz: http://bit.ly/xpBVCOHerb Ritts: http://bit.ly/zWAJluAnton Corbjin: http://bit.ly/ze09EOMark Hauser: http://www.marchauserphoto.comKelly Castro: http://www.kelco.us/Gregory Heisler: http://www.gregoryheisler.com/Peter Hurley The Art Behind The Headshot DVD: http://bit.ly/t4i3aEFamous portraits: http://bit.ly/ysyU5zPortraits By Famous Photographers: http://bit.ly/ikxGBm100+ Portraits of Iconic People of All Time: http://bit.ly/9rMfS1Share this:Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) You must log in to post a comment.