Environmental Portrait

I am often being asked to do an environmental portrait of a subject. I do a variety of photos from posed to them doing something.

Nathan enjoys running for a hobby. [NIKON D4, 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 12800, 1/200, ƒ/8, (35mm = 62)]

Here I have assembled some examples of shots I would look to do for a person being featured. I ask them about their hobbies and what they do at work and then we shoot everything I can do with the time I am given with the subject.

Nathan leading a meeting in his job with Chick-fil-A. [NIKON D4, 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 7200, 1/100, ƒ/9, (35mm = 58)]

Every thing we can think of we try and capture some images of him doing.

Nathan often is talking one on one with some of his team that he leads. [NIKON D4, 14.0-24.0 mm f/2.8, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 11400, 1/100, ƒ/8, (35mm = 14)]
Nathan [NIKON D4, 14.0-24.0 mm f/2.8, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 2000, 1/100, ƒ/6.3, (35mm = 16)]
Nathan [NIKON D4, 14.0-24.0 mm f/2.8, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 2200, 1/100, ƒ/6.3, (35mm = 14)]
Nathan [NIKON D4, 14.0-24.0 mm f/2.8, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 2800, 1/100, ƒ/6.3, (35mm = 14)]

You cannot settle for one photo and that is all you give an editor. You need to mix it up.

Nathan [NIKON D4, 85.0 mm f/1.4, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 560, 1/100, ƒ/1.4, (35mm = 85)]

Here I have the logo for Chick-fil-A in the background. I like the photo, but thought it might be too blurred.

Nathan [NIKON D4, 85.0 mm f/1.4, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 1800, 1/100, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 85)]

Before you arrive have a call with the editor or writer that will tell you everything they know about the person and what the story is that they are writing.

Next call the subject and talk with them telling them what you have been asked to do. Then ask them about their hobbies and interests and anything else you can think about that would work for possible locations for photographing them.

Then get as much time as you can so you can capture as many of these as you can do. Prioritize them so you get the ones you think are best and if you run out of time that the best ideas are the ones you will capture.