Monson Group Financial Planning
This corporate photoshoot was for the Monson Group financial planning, led by top financial advisor Grant Monson. They are a leading financial services team in the Pacific Northwest based in Bellevue, Washington, and are a partner of Pacific Capital Resource Group.
They needed some head shots for a few of their team members along with some lifestyle shots for their website. It was important to Grant and his team that the photos did not look too posed or staged. Perfect. This is what I specialize in. Don’t get me wrong these images were planned out and I position people and give them direction, but I do my best to make the photos look as natural as possible by getting people to really connect with each other.
Sometimes I have clients that come to me wanting photojournalism style pictures, but a lot of times to really ensure that you’re going to get images that are going to please the client there needs to be direction given. Otherwise a majority of the photos you’ll end up with are of people mid-sentence, hair in the face, or you won’t be able to see everyone’s face. There are always things to consider from where the light source is, the background, and people’s general position, posture, and expression. Sometimes you get lucky capturing the right moment in the right setting, but most of the time great photographs take more thought and preparation than just making sure you have the correct settings and clicking the shutter button.
We started at the offices in Bellevue and the we all moved to Grant’s Bellevue home where the team was able to relax and have a good time, again with a little direction. This was the rowdiest game of Go Fish I have ever seen.
When we were all done I headed to Bellevue park to take some pictures of the surrounding area for the team website. Unfortunately the fountain that I was hoping to capture was not operating, not matter. There was plenty of other scenic perspectives around.