A few weeks ago, my friend Diane contacted me to schedule a portrait session for her and her friendÂ Cecilia. They needed some professional portraits taken to be used in an ad for the Edmonton Journal announcing theirÂ status as newly accredited in public relations (APR). Diane and Cecilia both work in public relations and are members of a select group of 28 individuals who are Accredited members of the Canadian Public Relations Society in Edmonton.
Both Diane and Cecilia are big fans of the Art Gallery of Alberta and wanted to use that location as the backdrop for their photos to add an interesting visual element to their portraits. This is the fourth opportunity I’ve had to shoot in the Art Gallery and this time it was nice to have some extra time to setup some lighting and use the locations I wanted without any large crowds in the way. During this shoot I also had a first year student from NAIT’s Photographic Technology program assisting me as part of her one-day job shadowingÂ assignment so it was a great opportunity for her to see what a typical day in the life a photographer looks like.
Here are a few of my favorite photographs from our session. All of the images were shot on a Canon 5D Mark II with a 580EXII flash unit and umbrella which were triggered with PocketWizards. We also used a Lastolite reflector to for some additional fill and as a shoot through diffuser to balance the flash with the ambient light in the Art Gallery.