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Behind The Scenes: Portrait Of Photography Assistant In Downtown Raleigh NC

Behind The Scenes Headshot Taken with Profoto B2 Held By Subject

Black & White Headshot Portrait (UNEDITED) of Photo Assistant John While On A Cold Assignment In Downtown Raleigh NC

The black and white portrait above is of my assistant John (UNEDITED) on a 25 degree day (1/5/16) in downtown Raleigh NC. John was actually holding the Profoto B2 light setup pictured on the left above with a 24 inch Profoto octabox attached to it. I had the idea of John letting the monopod rest on the floor pointing slightly up at his face creating the shot that you see above. It was shot with a Canon 5D Mark III and a 70-200mm Canon lens set at f/2.8.

This is an example of a behind the scenes shot that's not the usual style of seeing gear or the photographer in action. John and I were staying warm in the lobby of a building in downtown Raleigh waiting for our subjects to come down to be photographed outside on a 25 degree morning. John was holding the Profoto B2 setup, so that he could act as my human light stand which definitely saves time.

It's a dramatic portrait with the lighting style use, John's expression and being in black & white. It was simply me killing some time waiting on our subjects for the actual photo-shoot that we showed up for which goes to show that you should always be ready with your camera to grab a shot that you may have not originally planned on.

Being a professional photographer is very rewarding, but getting shots like this that were not part of the plan is even more rewarding. Happy Shooting!

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David Williams

Short Bio About The Author: I'm David Williams a professional commercial photographer focusing on corporate and business clients with some personal branding, lifestyle photography in the mix. My love for photography began in late 1981 while still in High School. I started making money with his camera in 1982. Brenda, my wife, and I started working together in photography in 1988 shortly after we met. Brenda and I married in 1989 and have two adult daughters. Please be sure to get a quote for services if needed. Call or Text: 919.723.8453. Please reach out to connect with me on LinkedIn.