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Bessemer All Hands Portraits

Last week I got a call from Bessemer Venture Partners, a small, global venture capital firm that was having its annual “all hands” meeting over in Harvard Square. It wasn’t too complicated of a job, which was to basically create some fun executive headshots and portraits for their 50 employees.

The client really enjoyed my ongoing family series and wanted me to replicate that look for Bessemer. A lot of times, it’s tough to get some authentic, candid moments out of people who aren’t used to being photographed, but this particular group was awesome. You could definitely tell they enjoyed the setup, and that always makes for great photos.

Here’s a sample from the literally thousands of frames I fired off that day.

6.7.2010 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Bessemer Venture Partners "All Hands" meeting portraits.

6.7.2010 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Bessemer Venture Partners "All Hands" meeting portraits.

6.7.2010 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Bessemer Venture Partners "All Hands" meeting portraits.

6.7.2010 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Bessemer Venture Partners "All Hands" meeting portraits.

For those who are interested in the setup, my assistant Emily Zilm and I built a small studio in one of the conference rooms at the Charles Hotel next to the meeting room. We used a 9-foot white seamless, lit with two umbrella monolights with a 5-foot softbox as a main light and a single gridded light as a rim light.

And of course, we couldn’t let the day go by without documenting our setup (we are journalists, after all)!

6.7.2010 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Light test 1

6.7.2010 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Light test 2

Much thanks to Bessemer Venture Partners and the Charles Hotel!

DIY Underwater Flash Housing

Here’s a little rig I set up earlier today for a shoot tonight with a friend of mine who is a landscape architect with ALL Landscaping of Northborough, Mass. Tonight’s shoot will involve a fountain, so to bring some depth to the water, I’m hoping to light it from within.

It’s always fun going to Wal-Mart and buying all sorts of weird stuff that will eventually be hacked into some kind of ghetto-style photo tool. If only those greeters knew what they were enabling…

Here we go:

1. Vivitar + Pocketwizard in a Ziploc container

2. Add water. And a brick.

I was hoping the frosted appearance of Ziploc container would act like a large Sto-Fen omnibounce to increase the size of the light source, but we’ll see how that plays out during the shoot.

3. Light that mother up!

Granted, this probably won’t work in water much deeper than two feet, but it’s cheaper than buying an underwater hard-wire rig to trigger lights.

My take on the family portrait

Here are some samples from a portrait project I’ve had sitting on the backburner for quite some time. Basically, it’s portraits of my family. Having been away from home for the better half of the decade, it’s been somewhat of an impossibility, given the equipment needed. But, now that I’m home with all my gear, now’s the perfect time, especially with my sister being home for the weekend.

Got most of the family done over the weekend, with a few stragglers left to get before Thanksgiving. Let me know your thoughts!

My grandfather, Chun Don Wong.

My grandfather, Chun Don Wong.

My grandmother, Hau Har Wong

My grandmother, Hau Har Wong

My cousin, Sera Tapia.

My cousin, Sera Tapia.


My cousin, Savina Tapia

My cousin, Savina Tapia

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