I've always loved the artistic freedom that using color allows in imagery - growing up I watched a lot of Saturday Night Live and I loved the vivid portraits of portrait photographer Mary Ellen Matthews that would pop up in between commercials. I've been experimenting with color-grading my headshots. I think it adds a bit of a cinematic feel - here are a few of my favs.
Corporate portraits of the personal shoppers team at online fashion retailer Net-A-Porter, using on-location studio lighting for an on-camera flash look.
Dennis Tam, CFO of Crabtree & Evelyn for ACCA's AB Magazine
Constant Tse, Country Tax COO of Deloitte for ACCA's AB Magazine
Quin SQ Thong, Greater China CFO for Baronsmead Consulting for ACCA's AB Magazine
David Yeung, co-founder of Green Monday for tricycle magazine
The Barron's Asia team for Barron's
Lately I’ve been asked to shoot a lot of in-studio corporate headshots, and I have to be honest, photographing executives in business suits is not exactly the sexiest area of photography. Nevertheless, I’ve really grown to like it. For my clients, their need for new headshots usually marks an interesting crossroads in their life. Some have just arrived in Hong Kong in search of new beginnings, others have been here for years but are joining a new firm. Some clients need portraits to update their online or social media presence (eg. LinkedIn, Facebook), others as part of their first steps in setting up a new small business. Some have no concrete plan at all (which I can particularly relate to). So in the hour that I usually spend in a portrait session, I usually get to hear an interesting story or two. As the subject, I think the session is a fairly relaxing break in a busy day – when they can chat, loosen their tie (if the shot doesn’t need one), and maybe even smile! Here are some outtakes from some recent corporate headshot sessions that were not the final picks but I like them anyway:
Renato and Cristina, husband and wife architect team (and entrepreneurs).
Rebecca, executive coach and proud mom (laughing at her daughter making faces over my shoulder).
Angela, Director in recruiting.
Kieron is restarting his career in HK. Ella works for city’super!
Angela, full-time Mom, China
Portraiture has always been my favorite genre of photography. One of the things that I love the most about shooting portraits is being able to meet all the different people that I photograph.
Hong Kong brings such a diverse group of people from all over the world into a relatively small community. Here are a few that I met recently.
Sarah Brennan, Children's Author, Australia
Pascal, Entrepreneur, France
Kay Ross, Marketing Consultant, Australia
Edith, Horn Player, Hong Kong
Lorraine, Conductor, Hong Kong
Nothing beats natural light for headshot portraits, so we did a lot of the shooting on the balcony of his Mid-levels flat. We also walked around some of the local HK backstreets and finished up at the Pacific Coffee on Hollywood Road, his favorite writing spot.
Recently I had been contacted by Hong Kong's DJ Gruv for a portrait session. Gruv represents Maryland but he's been out in Hong Kong for years and has done gigs all over Asia. He had been looking to get some images done for media and promotional purposes, so last Friday we spent a few hours in the studio along with his wife of 10 years, Bonnie. Here are some of my favorite shots. .