The Great Outdoors
Yes, finally a corporate headshot session in the great outdoors!
Barcelona is quite hot (bearable) and sticky (less so), so… not having to set up a home studio was a nice change.
Giuseppe wanted this and i was more than happy to oblige. I remembered near me there is a small park behind the library. A couple of days before the shoot strolled past and took a look.
Many years ago when I first moved here I remember taking photos there because to was so sparse and dry.
Some kids playground games and a few stick-like saplings.
Now it has loads of trees and shade and many more things for kids to enjoy… this may limit its usefulness as a location.
Luckily we agree to start fairly early which also avoided the worst heat.
Alas, after about 30 mins the ‘mothers who do lunch’ started to arrive and the almost zen-like calm was gone.
Still with the right timing it has potential in the future.
What I like is the option of verdant nature like backgrounds or the interesting modern architecture of the the library complex.
In a single location you get lots of options.
I tried to keep lighting simple to not attract too much attention. I soon realised however that no-one was going to bother us. Feeling confident I set up a strobe on a stand and even a reflector on another.
The great thing about places with trees is the shade is usually omnidirectional so you can move around. I can light the subject with a flash and is kept out of direct sun light so is not squinting the whole time.
I think I will try and get more people to choose outdoors rather than ‘home studio’ just for some variety.