We were fortunate to have the opportunity to photograph head shots and video for the great staff at Meers Advertising early this year as part of an update of their company website. I'm so behind on blogging that I am just now getting around to this post, but wanted to share it because Patrick Saunders and I had a lot of fun with this shoot, and it was a great learning experience too.
Everyone at Meers photographed beautifully - they’re a bunch of lookers anyway and were great sports about the whole thing. Taking time for head shots can be such a drag for very busy people, but the Meers team brought their game faces that day. We have to say though that the one who really stole our hearts at Meers on shooting day was Boulder the golden retriever. She clearly runs the place. Boulder goes wherever Boulder wants to go at Meers and does whatever Boulder wants to do. And doesn’t do ANYTHING she doesn’t want to do either. When we put a GoPro on her to try to get some footage of her wandering around the gorgeous Meers space in the KC Crossroads, she apparently didn’t think much of our idea, because she promptly laid down for a long nap, covering the camera entirely and sleeping so hard that she actually turned it off. So much for that. We didn’t hold it against her though. When Boulder woke up at lunch break and decided that she needed our fries - pretty much all of our fries actually - we couldn’t resist. Please don’t tell her human, Sam Meers, or anyone at the agency though, because we’re pretty sure that was a no no.
The shoot itself went really smoothly because the Meers staff was so easy to work with, and the style for the imagery that their creative leads chose was interesting to execute. Normally photographers are always trying to figure out how to get more light into a situation or set up, and we often go overboard with that - we rarely use just one light to create a portrait, but in this case, the creative team selected a dramatic one-light design with a dark background. The black background really made colors pop, and the lighting choice put the focus of the images squarely on the subjects themselves and their unique expressions. Sometimes the lighting design of a portrait can steal the stage, so to speak, from the subject of the picture, but when I look at these stills, I really feel that I am seeing the person, and something of their personality as well.
Patrick and I got the Meers team to make some silly faces here and there during the shoot just to get some candids and help loosen them up in front of the camera, and we took the best of these images and made photo booth strips of them for the entire staff as thank you gifts for such a great gig. Nice work and we were grateful to get it!