Sometimes it's easier to take the studio to the client then to make the client come to the studio. This is a common scenario when shooting a large group of individuals with a similar style/setting, say for company portraits, corporate headshots and employee profile photos. Getting an entire company to shut down for a day to take photos at a studio simply isn't practical; so it's best to bring the studio to the company. This was the case when I recently photographed the owners, engineers and support staff at D. L. Adams Associates, one of the premiere acoustical consulting firms in Colorado and all of the U.S.
Taking the Portrait Studio on the Road
To work with their business schedule, while still being able to photograph every employee, I decided to load up my mobile gear and take my studio on the road. With a roll of seamless background paper, some light stands, umbrellas, speedlights and a single Paul C. Buff Alien Bee B800 in tow, I went on a mobile portrait studio session. Although the setup can be the most tedious part of an on-location gig, it's usually not too bad so long as you coordinate with the client ahead of time, and let them know the amount of space you'll be needing to work. Also - just a side note - if you don't already have a collapsible background kit in your gear arsenal, I strongly recommend you pick one up! They are a priceless tool and can be extremely handy for all kinds of gigs, from weddings to graduations.
With my mobile portrait studio setup, I immediately started shooting. Since everything was well planned and scheduled in advance, the employees and staff at D. L. Adams had proper attire for the shoot. And once it got started, we moved pretty quickly. Everyone was easy-going and pleasant to work with, and tolerated my goofy banter from behind the camera.
I'm happy to share some sample from this portrait shoot below...