I recently photographed a portrait session at one of the many co-working spaces in Melbourne. This particular space was named The Cluster, located on Queen Street in the heart of Melbourne's central business district.
I found the building, jumped into the lift and hit the button for the 17th floor. I walked out into a reception that looked far to up market for the co-working space I was imagining. So much so that I spun around on my heals and marched straight out in the opposite direction. 'It must be on the other side of the building' I thought.
Half way through the lift lobby I realised that there weren't any doors at the other end. 'Weird' I said to myself, 'I must be on the wrong floor'. On checking the wall I see the number 17. So back to the reception I go.
'Hi' I greet the lady behind the desk, 'Is this The Cluster?' The answer to my question was yes, so I asked to see my client, Ashwin Reddy from Tax and Super Direct.
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While waiting for Ashwin to appear I had a good look around The Cluster's reception area. It was plush with leather sofas, coffee tables and lush green plants. Luxury to keep all visitors happy while they wait for their meetings. As I wandered around and nosed through the open doors of meeting rooms I had a happy feeling come over me. 'We are going to make some lovely photographs on this shoot.'
There was a number of interesting locations for corporate portraits, starting with the board room. Surrounded by glass on three walls, this room was bathed in natural light. The table was large enough to easily seat 20 people. The view overlooked the Yarra, Southbank and beyond.
Just like doing stretches before a run, I feel that shooting a corporate portrait with the cityscape in the background is an easy and pleasing place to start a session. Add in the long board room table and the images take the executive look Ashwin deserves. The dividing wall between reception and board room was made of glass. This really gave an extra sense of space. I was able to add nice depth and context to the shots. I particularly liked being able to see Ashwin's fellow Hubbers milling around in the background through glass.
I was also keen to make some images of Ashwin sitting out in the reception area. A few shots that would be just a little more chilled. The 'living room' style of the waiting room really helped me get that look. All we needed was a glass of scotch on the rocks. But I can't really advise the use of hard liquor for a business portrait session. With hindsight I should have asked Ashwin to remove his jacket though.
There was a little bit of furniture re-arranging to get the shot just right. At one stage a big fern was reaching over and tickling Ashwin behind his ear. As nice as it is to be loved, the fern had to be moved. The guys manning the reception were very accommodating or didn't notice me lugging the furniture around the room, laughing and taking photos. It was okay though, I put the everthing back when the session was finished.
Although I only spent a short amount of time with Ashwin, I found him to be a chilled and easy going character. He seemed to be open to any of my suggestions for his photos. Based on our interactions, I would feel happy to take my business to him when the time comes that timson.co is making more money than I know what to do with.
I have to say, I would be happy to go back and photograph more portrait sessions at The 'Queen Street' Cluster. Although I hear that The 'Market Street' Cluster has just reopened so maybe that could be another nice place to photograph in. I just need a few clients from there... any takers? For business portraits give me a call on 0415 69 80 96 or send me a message.