Behind the Scenes at VISA Latin-American Headquarters in Miami

The Challenge: Shoot 600 portraits in 2 days, on 2 identical sets.

Fleishman-Hillard - Miami contacted me to shoot portraits for VISA’s entire staff at their Latin American Headquarters in Miami. The client requested that I have two sets working simultaneously, delivering identical images, for 600 people. Although I felt that the number was high, I did some math and figured it was do-able…but didn’t give us a very large margin of error so I knew production planning was key. I made sure we had everything we needed, scouted the location a few days before and rented all the gear from Tommy at Carousel Studios.

On this shoot I worked with two assistants, a second shooter and a behind the scenes cameraman. We arrived early, knowing that VISA’s security would be tight, and I went to get access cards for the crew. Using dollies and carts we wheeled all the gear through the narrow hallways leading from the loading dock, making a conference room our home for the next two days.

Once inside we staged all of the gear, got organized and got to work. The setup was very simple. C-stands to hold up the Country Blue paper background from Savage Papers and some ProPhoto lights….Key, Fill, Hair and Background Spot. The client requested that our images match those of the portraits being shot around the world at various offices so I dialed in the lights, shot some tests, got the thumbs up from the client and got rolling!

VISA wanted some behind the scenes video so I hired Chris Carballo who never lets me down (or anyone else for that matter). Overall the shoot was very successful. We got everything we needed and the client was happy.

The final product! No pixels were harmed in the making of these pictures.

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