I shoot exclusively for the construction industry and as such was asked by one of my clients client to provide coverage during their recent Women in Construction week celebration.
After discussing the visual approach, the number of portraits and when they needed delivery, I set about prepping for the job.
I decided to use an off-camera speed light to separate each subject from the background. I drove to their respective work areas, introduced myself, explained what I was there to do and asked their permission to photograph.
They were accommodating and easy to work with, excited to have professional portraits made of them on the job.
I always look for new portrait opportunities and this day was no different.
These short duration high energy sessions last 30 seconds to 2 minutes, tops.
Using available light and lots of humor, it’s all about capturing the camaraderie between squad members.
In this case the yellow hats are employees past their probation periods razzing the newbie in the blue helmet. Could not resist.
I’ve been lucky and grateful to work as much as I do in the construction arena, doing exactly the type of work I prefer.
Having the level of support I do from this client is awesome! They hang framed prints of my work in their office.
I am a lucky photographer indeed.
About The Photographer
Michael e. Stern is a commercial photographer in Pasadaena CA with many years of experience working for companies large and small.
His work reflects the men and women who build America, his mission is to reveal the beauty and drama they engage in daily with a distinctive blend of specialized stills, video and time-lapse, transforming mundane construction processes into immersive and captivating stories.
He thinks like an artist, shoots like a director and edits like a storyteller with a solid work ethic.