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.
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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!
I love a challenge when it comes to photography, and shooting interior architecture, well, never lets you down. From the mixed lighting (color temperatures), to the wide dynamic range of light, and even the editing required, they all present their share of challenges.
I had the opportunity to photograph a new retirement community center for a prominent national builder recently and they needed interior and exterior images of the community center for entry in a national competition (no pressure, right). So I knew I had to pull out all the “technical big guns” for this shoot, from carefully planned composition to multiple exposure HDR techniques to custom editing in Light Room and Photoshop. Fun stuff for photographers! The bottom line for me is that I was able to deliver some really unique images for my client that can be used to showcase their new facility to potential clients and help grow their business! That’s a win-win.
Some recent images from a commercial shoot we photographed for a vet clinic just outside Raleigh. This was a half day shoot to create some new images for the clinic’s website update. The site was a gorgeous historic property converted for the business, so finding nice visualy appealing backdrops was easy this time. Had a great time working with and getting to know the staff and their pets too. Fun shoot!
Fun time with the staff. Not sure if this one will make it on the website though.
Some nice images here that we created for client recently. This client needed a modern executive look, so we dropped in a digital background to give his images a nice crisp modern, corporate office look. This has been extremely popular lately with a lot of our clients, so we’ve made it an add on option to our normal business head shot offerings. Call us for more details if you like what you see and want something a little different! (919) 850-0492.
Normally you only get to see the nicely posed photos on the website, but we get to see how co-workers really interact. 🙂 A before and after shot from a recent commercial photography shoot for a local veterinarian clinic. We love having a little fun with clients while stll getting the job done and creating some great images for their new website.
A little behind the scenes action from a recent commercial shoot at a vet clinic. This guy (or gal, not really sure) wasn’t up for being photographed this particular day, and was striking at the veterenarian, however we did finally manage to get in a few good shots. Oh, and yes, I photographed with my long lens, but not for technical reasons.
A few selections from a recent business head shot session with a client. I love being able to provide my clients with great looking professional images for Linkedin, websites, business cards, or wherever they have a need for professional images. Professional business head shots has become one of top specialty areas over the last few years. Call us if you need professional images! (919) 850-0492