It’s been a busy summer and we’ve been behind on blog updates so please forgive! 🙂
Over two separate evening shoots, we had the privilege of meeting and photographing all of the Wake Radiology physicians and some of their administrative staff. Despite the size of this project, the process was smooth and efficient because of our up front planning and coordination with Wake’s marketing director Amy Woolard. Amy was fantastic to work with and we partnered with her to create a full suite of updated images to use for all of their marketing projects. There were 6 poses of each physician for a total of roughly 300 final images. The images included a left, right and center facing view in lab coats and in business suits. We edited and retouched all the images and extracted the subjects from the original green screen background so they could use the images in any type of marketing campaign they came up with the in future.
It was such a pleasure working so closely with Amy to plan the shoot. So fun meeting the many people that are the backbone of this great organization as well. Thanks to Wake Radiology, the doctors, staff and especially Amy, for turning a major project into a cake walk. Below are Amy’s comments & feedback in her own words and a few of the final extracted images.
“Working with Charlie Dickens on our corporate photography has been fantastic experience. He worked closely with me to get 50+ physicians photographed over a 2 day period and it went off without a hitch. He was in close contact leading up to the event and we talked through everything from usage to backdrops, positions to Photoshop editing which ensured that he was capturing exactly what we wanted. Charlie’s calm and friendly demeanor put the physicians at ease allowing him to capture relaxed natural smiles. None of the photos we were provided look fake or forced. Thanks Charlie for turning a daunting task into a cake walk”. Amy Woolard – Marketing Manager – Wake Radiology – Raleigh, NC
Dr. William Porter, retired professor and local author, came back for his second photo session recently to promote his new book release! Congratulations to Dr. Porter on this most recent accomplishment! The photo session was a pleasure as always, catching up on his new endeavors and all the while getting some great pictures to market his new book! Check out these great photos and his website if you want more information on his books. http://www.williamporterlife.com/
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We had a unique request from a past family portrait client to photograph some images of their twin daughters recently. The girls are both top notch gymnast and they needed some high quality images for their gymnastics websites for college recruiters to see. We secured the gym for early one morning, planned the shoot with the clients, discussing all the different shots they would need, and then we brought all the right lighting equipment we needed, and then had a blast photographing two great gymnast!
It’s always fun to get outside of your “box” and do something different and creative that stretches and challenges you! The clients loved the images and so did the girls. Oh and so did we! We certainly don’t specialize in sports photography, but love photographing creative projects like this for clients, so let us know what we can photograph for you!
I recently had the pleasure of photographing these professional images for this new husband and wife real estate team. Christine needed a head shot for her new business cards and they needed some images together for marketing pieces they’re working on. I love being able to create high quality professional images that help our clients grow their business! Win-win! You can check them out or connect with them over at InTrust Realty.
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We recently had a unique head shot request from a high school senior that was applying to college. She needed a professional portfolio head shot for her application to the theatrical program at Elon. We’ve done lots of acting portfolio head shots as well as professional head shots for grad students applying to med school etc, but haven’t been asked to create a professional head shot for undergrad application before, but it makes sense given the program she is applying for. Just goes to show that professional head shot images are more important than ever now a days. Contact us here if we can help you with yours.
One of our commerical photography images was recently selected for the very first cover of Aspired Home magazine. We were of course flattered and even more excited to learn that the image came in third in their international competition.
Aspired Home is an international real estate staging, home decor lifestyle magazine with Bobbie McGrath, of Successful Staging, a local staging expert, on staff as the technical staging editor. We work closely with Bobbie photographing many of the premier homes in the area that she stages for one of the areas top residential real estate firms – InTrust Realty. We always love working with Bobbie because she works closely with the homeowners to successfully stage their homes to sell! The homes she’s staged always look fantastic and magazine ready when we come in to photograph. Bobbie always tells us that our high quality professional images really make her work shine, so it’s a great partnership that helps Lee Goldstein and his team at InTrust Realty get their clients’ homes sold fast!
Captain Bills Backyard Grill in Wilmington celebrated 25 years in March in routine fashion hosting a beach volleyball tournament. We were privileged to join them for great food, fun and volleyball as we photographed the day for friends and owners John and Erin Musser. The day did not disappoint!
We lived in Wilmington for 6 1/2 years after college and became regulars at Captain Bills. Playing ball with friends, enjoying great food and making memories were always on the menu. Speaking of the menu, we had a chance to photograph one of their top menu items for the website when we were down for the celebration. We love photographing food dishes because we get to sample the food, and in this case their custom crafted beers! 🙂
Recently, John and Erin embarked on a new adventure with their daughter and son-in-law. Bill’s Front Porch, just in front of Captain Bills, is a new brewery and restaurant with more great food and atmosphere. Just check out this front porch! It is such a beautiful place and I am sure it will become another favorite place on our frequent visits to Wilmington!
We had a client come in recently who needed some specific looks for her national corporate training website. She needed images for her website showing her presenting and a regular head shot. We shot everything on a white background so the subject could be extracted easily by the graphics design person working on the clients web site. We’re only showing the white background images here, except for the head shot, because we don’t have the final composite images. At the clients request, we did include one of our digital composite backgrounds for the head shot because she liked our background options so much. The head shot was fairly simple, but the presentation images were a little challenging because you always want the subject to look natural and engaged, like they’re really presenting to an audience. So how do you achieve that in a studio setting? Well, we picked a topic with input from the client and had her talk to my assistant about it. It also helps when your client is a really polished presenter and already knows what to do with hands and facial expressions. 🙂 The hardest part is finding the right angle at which the subject looks the best and looks naturally engaged, so the images doesn’t look staged. We did have to try both sides of the camera and some different angles, but that’s the key to success, you use your skills and talent to set up the shot that you think will look the best and then you review, adjust and fine tune until it looks great! Fun shoot, the client really loved the images and I learned all about the Netflix documentary “Happy”. 🙂
Some equipment, behind the scenes, and one final image from a recent commercial shoot at Wake Med Hospital here in Raleigh. We were photographing for the physicians practice but had to do the shoot at the Catheterization Lab at Wake Med where he does the procedures. Understandably Wake Med is a little funny about photos being taken at the hospital so we had to be escorted by staff and then jump in the lab in between procedures for a quick shoot. And let me just say, if you don’t know your lighting and equipment well, these kind of fast paced shoots will frazzle you in a hurry! 🙂 Having small portable lighting with built in wireless controls is key for getting in and fine tuning the lighting quickly so that we could concentrate on our subject vs. fumbling with equipment. In the end we created some great images for this physician showing him in the high tech medical setting that he works in. These images will be great marketing material and looked fantastic in the physician’s magazine article which we were shooting for.
If you or anyone you know has a need for on location commercial photography or head shots, contact us here to get the discussion started and see how we can help showcase you or your business with professional images. To see more of our work, check out our commercial photography page here.
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Head shot(s) of the day! Loved helping Liz find just the right look for her business head shots to promote her speaking and training engagements. She especially liked the black and white versions so that’s what we’ll showcase here!