Group Portrait of Howard and Howard “Super Lawyers” for Thompson Reuters (Peoria Photographer)

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Recently, I was commissioned by Thompson Reuters’ Super Lawyers to make a group portrait of successful and rising star attorneys at Howard and Howard‘s Peoria, IL office.

Neither the time slot nor the location was flexible. Knowing a group of attorneys wouldn’t have much time for a portrait session, I arrived very early to allow plenty of time for trouble-shooting, which proved vital for this job. After considering a few camera angles, making a series of tests shots, extensive staging and rearranging, and planning a few poses, I managed to find the {only} shot that worked. Challenges included harsh full sun, floor-to-ceiling windows, direct and unavoidable sunlight bathing the entire (very small) room, a myriad of distracting elements in the background, and window reflections.

Lighting only with a SB900 Speedlight inside of an 24×24 Interfit Softbox on an almost fully-extended Cheetah stand (camera right), we shot several poses in about 20 minutes. I made sure to leave enough room around the main subject for editorial cropping. I even got a few sillies before I lost them to their busy days:

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Here is the published ad:

Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters publication, January 2014 issue (top image copyright Holly Baumann Photography)

Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters publication, January 2014 issue (top image copyright Holly Baumann Photography)

Thank you all for the opportunity! It was a pleasure!

-HBA

P.S. I’ve previously made portraits for other attorneys, Gilling Legal Group and Kellie Sanford Law.

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About Mosaic Collective, LLC

I am Holly Baumann Ambuehl, founding member of Mosaic Collective, LLC, which was founded in early 2017 and is based in Central Illinois. I own and operate Mosaic Collective with my partner in business and life, my husband, Nathan. Mosaic Collective, LLC houses our rental property, my consulting contracts (with the nonprofit and public sectors on various work), and also my commercial and portrait photography business, which has been doing business as Holly Baumann Photography since 2008 long before the formation of our LLC. My blog posts feature client work, but I just love to write, so I also write about owning a business, food and drink, travel, and sometimes, my personal life! I am always honored when clients trust me to capture their vision, and equally so when my readers converse with me about what I've photographed or expressed here. I hope we'll have an opportunity to collaborate professionally and/or become friends. I'd love to hear what you think! - Holly
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