Last fall, I was invited back to the offices of Howard & Howard law firm in Peoria, IL, to capture a group portrait for publication in the January 2015 Illinois issue of Thompson Reuter’s SuperLawyers. Like last time, there was another photographer doing the same thing at the same time at their Chicago office. Although there were a couple of familiar faces, and it was a familiar space, I still arrived very early to set up, stage the set, and test lighting. Once they rolled in, we got the job done quickly and well.
I liked the shot below: it feels balanced, and everyone looks friendly but professional…until I realized I didn’t catch the unbuttoned jacket in front! Details matter. That kind of mistake drives me nuts when reviewing the images later. But, fortunately, it’s always my practice to provide the client with choices, even when they’ve only paid to license one image. I provided 6 proofs from this shoot, in different sit/stand combinations, with the attorneys positioned in various places in each shot.
The client selected this shot for licensure, which coordinated better with the Chicago office shot:
For publication, the firm decided to depart from the norm and print the images in B&W. I knew this in advance, but provided the images in color, so they would still have the option to reconsider.
Click here to view the final result (only the top image is mine).
Thank you for the opportunity to work together again! It’s always an honor to be invited back by a former client.
P.S. Here is a selfie from when I was testing lighting. Hi, there. 🙂