This last week we were really pleased to have Beryl Stafford the president of Boulder’s own successful and growing energy bar company Bobo Oat Bars booked in for a portrait session for herself and her key staff people. Bobo Bars is a classic American small business success story. Beryl has created a uniquely healthy snack bar and she’s gearing up to add an additional shift! We offer group discounts to companies bringing in four or more individuals. Our distinctive portrait approach shows off your “human resources” in a consistent framework that speaks volumes about your attention to important details. Fundamentally it says you value your people highly. The experience of having a professional portrait taken is truly unique at my in-house studio. This old stone front structure is a Boulder Historical Landmark that we’ve renovated into a 21st century home built to a LEEDs Platinum Certification. With a certified HERS rating of 12 and a 10K solar array on the roofs, the house is virtually at net zero energy consumption. When you enter the house you find yourself in my photography gallery of fine art landscapes. Among the pieces hanging is a recently shot 76″x40″ panorama of the West Face of the Third and 2nd Flatiron.
At the back of the home is a customed designed 1,000 square foot studio with twelve foot ceilings. There is a comfortable make-up cove at the entrance to the studio. The lighting units are low amperage, continuous K5600 HMIs. These lamps are low on heat and with the ceiling fans going they are very comfortable to be photographed under. The extensive lighting control and grip paraphernalia are state of the art Matthews Studio Equipment. I have a number of personal favorite lighting setups dialed in at my studio to create my signature portrait look. I shoot tethered to a computer for instantaneous feedback. I typically shoot around 150 images per setting. To edit the images we set down at a two-screen Apple desktop configuration and via Lightroom 4 we compare and contrast the selections of images, making a final pick very fluid and easy. My retouching is literally world class.
Please take a look at the Portrait section of my website for more examples of my work sometimes referred to as Head Shots. Whatever you want to call them, my goal is to capture the personality of my subject. I shoot close ups because I find the human face fascinating and you know what they say about the eyes being the window to the soul. The entire process here is set up to capture unique and flattering images of my clients that will serve them well in all their professional and social media endeavors. I like to think our efforts are about boosting commerce and we’ve established a forum here that is geared to make that objective a fun and positive experience.
Ciao, Bob Carmichael