Corporate Photo Shoot - Infunde Development
This was one of the few times that I coordinated with two persons for a shoot. Initially, I was quite worried that I would be wasting my time and effort in explaining about the constraints, including the total time required; however, they were able to understand and eventually confirm the shoot. Irene and Ann were very nice people to talk to, and they were even more pleasant in real person.
During the day of the shoot, I was the first to reach the venue. I happened to meet a few staffs from the condominium's management and a gentleman kindly assisted me in taking the lift from the carpark to the function room.
There were a few opinions for the location of the shoot, including both inside and outside the function room. I played it safe by listening and also informing them of any constraint, such as reflection from the glass. I was quite worried for if they suddenly decided on the initial plan to use a white backdrop instead, it would require quite some time for me to set it up.
After setting up my main light, I placed it outside the door before walking around to look for good photography spots. It was pretty tough for I couldn't find very clean background that wouldn't take away attention since the focus of this shoot should be the subjects themselves - it shouldn't have too fanciful background. I was very worried about the changing weather since I knew I didn't have much time on hand for the actual shoot to waste on adjusting the setting of my equipment (camera and lighting) to accommodate the changing weather - quantity of sunlight.
Shortly after walking around for a while, a condominium's staff approached me and told me that we weren't allowed to do any shoot outside the function room. He also told me that a few residents were concern about the big softbox I had placed next to the door of the function room. The "complaint" from residents was obviously being made up since we hadn't even started the shoot and I had mainly placed the softbox there for less than five minutes without firing any flash. I had to refer him to the team since they would make the final call.
Eventually, we ended up using the receptionist area within the same building as the function room, gym and studio. I picked the best spot next to the glass wall and started off with one main light. The very clean background with nice texture would make very elegant photographs. Although the sunlight from the outside would never be constant, I had dimmed it a lot as filled light and thus it wouldn't affect too much unless there's a drastic change.
The staffs came from different countries. Therefore, it was a rare experience for me to get to interact with them.
The shoot was made much easier with the assistance of the ladies, including Irene and Ann. They arranged for the models to come over one by one while the rest were having presentation. They also helped to guide the models, which was important since any familiar face would help to ease the usual discomfort.
The first model set an extreme high standard. The gentleman made it seem like I was working with a very experienced celebrity. The body gesture and the expression were impressive. He brought joy to me.
Although we had to do the same poses in order to keep the photographs uniform, it was still fun to work with joyous people of different personalities. I didn't have the comfort of time to interact with every of them like my usual portrait photoshoots, which I could do my best to get my models into the right mood. One of the gentlemen was energetic and wanted to try different creative poses and I felt it was quite a waste as we couldn't do it.
In the midst of the shoot, there was a delay as some ladies came in and claimed that they had booked the dance studio, which we might be using to set up a backdrop for the second round of shoot. There could be some misunderstanding since my clients had already booked it. Since we couldn't confirm the usage of it, we allowed them to take over the studio to save the condominium's management.
The shoot overran as expected. There were also a few group shots that I had to set up a second light in order to produce better results. The toughest thing was to get everything back to the initial setup to finish up the shoot for the last few individuals.
After the shoot, everyone returned to the function room for their presentation and lunch. It was the first time I saw environmental-friendly cutlery for catering.
Once the final event shoot ended, I started keeping my equipment and also helped to shift the sofa in the reception area back to the original position - I looked through my photographs for help. One of the three female receptionists who had arrived then told me the alignment wasn't correct. Although I told her that I had evidence on my camera to show the original placement, she refused to listen. I felt it was useless to explain to her furthermore and thus I simply followed her instruction to avoid any conflict.
By the time I had finished keeping my equipment, everyone had left for their yacht party. I was very lucky to have met a friendly Grabcar driver to end my day with another joy.
|Credits:||Irene and Ann|
|Lens:||Canon 24-70mm F2.8L II|
|Venue:||Corals at Keppel Bay|
|Date:||05 September, 2018|
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