Recently one of our Portrait Photography clients presented a interesting challenge, could we replicate a group portrait that we had taken a few years ago by adding new team members to the existing photo. The law firm of Kelley/Uustal was extremely pleased with that previous group photo, but had added 5 attorneys and knew that it would be very difficult to get all 12 lawyers together at any given time to shoot a new photo. The plan was to use the existing image and add the new members in such a way that the finished shot resembled the original. We made arrangements for them to come to the studio at their convenience and we would photograph each attorney full length at three varying angles in different poses with similar lighting, this way the new attorney could be placed anywhere in the new composite group shot that we were creating.
Once everyone was photographed we submitted a proof sheet with all the new poses to the firm and they let use know were in the group each lawyer should be placed. With a mock up from the graphics team at the law firm and the documented heights of each individual we proceeded with our Post Production, silhouetting the selected individual Executive Portraits and compositing them into the existing group shot.
Once the layout was finalized and approved it was just a matter of adding some subtle shadows to those attorneys in back of the foreground, replicating the look of their previous Corporate Photography group photo.