Denver Corporate Head Shot Photos

I felt as though I were photographing the royal blue blood of the ski bizz

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Intrawest CEO Bill Jensen

Executive portraits on location and corporate head-shots has never been more fun.  Photographing Intrawest  CEO Bill Jensen was an extreme pleasure.  Intrawest is the company that runs Winter Park and Steamboat in Colorado and a host of other resorts in North America.  As a longtime skier myself, I felt as though I were portraying the royal blue blood of the ski bizz.

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Bill is a past president of the National Ski Areas Association and was recently inducted into the Colorado skiing hall of fame.  He’s been the CEO of Breckenridge, Vail, and he oversaw the executive management of three ski resorts in California (Northstar at Tahoe, Sierra at Tahoe, and Bear Mountain).

During our photo shoot in the corporate offices in Denver, Bill told me a story that when he was still in his 20’s he vowed to his ski buddies that someday he would run Vail.  When I asked if his friends laughed, he said “Oh no, they knew I was serious”.  Serious and driven but with a warm and gentle heart,  Bill Jensen is a true business hero.  And I think these portraits help to illustrate his charisma.

 

 

 

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During another corporate photo shoot for SFC Energy Partners in Denver last week, I suggested
we try an editorial style photograph while a meeting was taking place in the boardroom.

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It was great to see the friendly faces again at SFC.  They hired me last spring for some creative head shots
and executive portraits and they wanted more.  When I first entered SFC Energy last spring, I was impressed
with this scene.  The view of the mountains from the 25th floor is pretty spectacular
and the company name etched in the glass doors along with the executives in the boardroom
makes for a fantastic three dimensional perspective.  My initial intent was to superimpose a sharply focused layer
for the logo on the doors, but I later decided to leave the natural depth of field and let the letters go slightly out of focus.
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We’ll do another version of this meeting soon.  This one was done on casual dress Friday.
So we’re hoping for more snow on the peaks and a blue Colorado blue-sky morning.

 

Action Board-Room Meeting Photograph Denver

The view of the mountains from the 25th floor is pretty spectacular
and the company name etched in the glass doors along with the executives in the boardroom
makes for a fantastic three dimensional perspective.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Denver Buildings at Dusk

After a two day corporate photo-shoot for IntraWest in downtown Denver, I was inspired to get out the gear one more time.  I never seem to grow tired of looking at buildings.

Who is IntraWest?  They run Winter Park and Steamboat in Colorado as well as a bunch of other resorts around the world.

Corporate Photo Shoot Fatigue

Denver photograph of Building textures at dusk.

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Denver Cityscape Photo

 

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The Bartic Group

Corporate and business group photography shots on locations in offices across the country is always a challenging task.  But the executive group photography session with the Bartic Group in Denver was more fun than work.  Have you ever seen a better looking group of executives?  
 
The business group photo-shoot was done on location in a Condominium at the One Lincoln Park with it’s terrific view of downtown Denver.  And the work will be used in advertising photography projects by the client.  The Bartic Group at Coldwell Banker Residential Denver is a consultant group specializing in assisting individuals and families, as well as banks and outsource companies with their real estate needs.

 

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Corporate group shot in Denver Office

The business group photography: Members of the Bartic Group gather for an executive group photograph at One Lincoln Park in Denver.

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How to create better professional executive portrait and corporate head-shots…  advice from a pro photographer.  

by Edward deCroce

Business-Portrait-Tips


The most important tip for a better professional head shot and executive portrait photograph is to RELAX.
Be yourself.

 

 

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CLOTHES

The first question from executives is what colors to wear.  I always tell them to wear what will allow them to feel their best.  But I also say that no matter what your skin tone is, a dark toned jacket is preferable.  I like subtle color shirts or blouses better than white, but in a group shot, everyone in blue shirts can look a little contrived.  Avoid wild patterns and shapes and stay away from colors draw attention to themselves.  Whatever you put on should not take away from your face.
Be sure clothes are well pressed.
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SKIN AND HAIR

I always recommend that my clients employ the services of a professional make-up artist.  These folks have a magic that no amount of post production editing and retouching can match.  Great make-up for a business portrait, is the kind that doesn’t draw attention to itself.
The most important  is for the skin to be UN-shiny.  Modern skin care products are made with the intent to add moisture to your face.  But for your photo-shoot, your face should be as oil-free as possible.
Hair should be the way you like it, but tame.  Bring your comb or brush to the shoot.  I’ve had more than one client who loved everything about the photo-shoot except wild hair.  Many clients experiment with several hair styles and clothes changes for their executive portrait photo-shoot.
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JEWELRY & WATCHES

Remember that a photograph is a reflection of light.  From Greek, photo means light and graphos means writing/painting, thus we are painting with light.
When choosing jewelry try to keep it simple.  Shiny objects will usually find reflection in a big glaring way.  I always bring a can of black spray paint to take care of overly glittery jewelry.
Get a manicure.  And use lotion on your hands arms and neck.  Dry skin and cuticles can look flaky in a photograph, especially in dry mountain air.
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CHINS FOREHEADS AND EYES

Avoiding a double chin look in your portrait is easy once you learn the trick.  But it might feel a little weird at first.  When you first learn to ski, your body’s natural instinct was to lean back as you pick up too much speed.  But you soon learned that the secret for control is to lean forward.  Keeping the weight forward makes it easier to turn your skis.   When we’re being photographed, we might be feeling a bit apprehensive.  The body wants to pull back,  the eyes want to bulge and the forehead wants to wrinkle, as if to say “oh really?”  Luckily our brains can detect and counter innate reflexes.  From the back of your neck, let your chin drop.  Now turn your ear toward the camera as though you’re trying to hear better.  It can feel a little awkward at first, but soon you’ll notice that it’s actually very natural.  Make it yours!
As the photo shoot progresses, remind yourself to relax your forehead and your eyes.  You want to look alert and interesting, wise and friendly.  Avoid the “deer in the headlights” appearance by simply looking through the lens instead of at it.  Imagine that the camera lens is the photographers eyes (or better yet the eyes of a loved one), rather than an inanimate object. This technique will instantly give you a better photograph.
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HAVE YOUR OWN IDEAS

It’s normal for me or any photographer to rely on the same ideas and poses that we’ve learned from experience work well.  But my style is to listen.  I make a point of observing my clients as we work together.  And as we talk, I might notice something that looks appealing.  An expression or phrase of body language is easier to replicate when it’s yours rather than me (the photographer) trying to fit you into a George Clooney expression.   We’ll usually start with normal shots but as the photo-shoot progresses, and if time permits, we’ll try original compositions.  So bring ideas of your own.  Happy thoughts, or even sad ones, can create a magical expression that will capture a timeless moment.  Your executive portrait photo-shoot will be a fun and fruitfull experience. 
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RELAX

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Being photographed is uncomfortable for most of us, even for photographers like me.  But the most important part is to relax.  To make myself a better photographer, I force myself to sit on the other side of the lens often.  And every time I do, I get the same flashback to a dream I had when I was a 6th grader.  In the dream, I was sitting at my desk in school wearing nothing but underwear.  Then, the teacher insisted I stand up and recite part of the Gettysburg Address.  All eyes were on me.  I had NOT done my homework AND I was wearing underwear.

So when I’m being photographed, I’ve learned to do a quick meditative relaxation exercise before and during the photo-shoot.  I simply conjure thoughts from some of the happiest and relaxing moments of my life.
And as a photographer, I engage my client in conversation.  Talking about family drama, sports or even politics are great ways to portray personality and confidence.
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