Featured Photos: A Unique Set of Business Portraits

September 20, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Business portraits--often nicknamed "headshots" for short--don't have to be stuffy photos taken against a dull studio backdrop.  In this assignment for the Chester Historic Business Association, I was tasked with creating innovative portraits of the owners of small businesses located in downtown Chester, New Jersey, to be used in marketing brochures and in featured profiles on the HCBA website.  With over 65 businesses and limited time, we escaped briefly outside each business dwelling to make the most of available natural light.  I turned the background street scene  into a creamy blur by shooting "wide open" with an aperture between f/1.2 and f/2.0, depending on the lens.  Adding a touch of fill light from Profoto reflectors and the portable new A1 system at High Speed Sync settings, I created crisp, colorful headshots that pop.  

Following are a selection of images from our 3-day photoshoot that showcase the faces behind these great businesses that really are "The Heart of Chester."

 

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Larry Guizio, A World of Birds

 

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Umut Bitlisli, All Computers Go!
 

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Ayush Rai, Melange

 

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Steve Jones, Black River Candy Shop

 

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Marisa DeAngelus, Taylor's Ice Cream

 

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Debbie Carcuffe, A Portal of Healing

 

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Melinda Scotti, Bountiful Gardens

 

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Mike Canzano, J. Emanuel Chocolatier

 

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MaryEllen Alcock, Chester Floral Designs

 

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Stephen Barbieri, Antiques By Chester Crafts

 

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Devon Carroll, Aslan Gathered Goods

 

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Danielle Hester, Comfortably Chic

 

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Shabo Hadzovic, New York Pizza

 

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John Boehs, Boehs Cabinet Shop

 

 

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Joe Lubrano, Publick House

 

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Karen Wolfe, Sub Pub

 

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Heather Koby, Fatrabbit Creative

 

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Steve Tylee, NitroFlex Gym

 

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Glen Boralsky, Chester Meat Market

 

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Laurie Anderson, J. Jill Clothing

 

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Marco Rojas, Fresco Mexican

 

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Kurt Alstede, Alstede Farms

 

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Jane Shatz, The Hive

 

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Sean Henry, Redwoods Restaurant

 


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