As part of an ongoing effort to update their website and other collateral materials I have been shooting portraits of various staff and faculty members of The Corcoran.
This portrait is of Kerry McAleer-Keeler, the woman who is in charge of the Corcoran's Art and the Book Master's program. We shot the image in the Corcoran's letterpress studio in their Georgetown campus. The studio is filled with racks of type setting pieces as well as presses to use them on. All of the equipment in the room made for a nice backdrop, but makes it fairly cramped to set up lighting and shoot in.
Chair of the Corcoran Bookarts department Kerry McAleer-Keeler
I set up two locations in the room to get different styles of portraits. The picture below shows the setup used for the image above. The setup was fairly simple, consisting of a bowens monolight in a medium softbox above the camera and a reflector underneath. I tried to maximize the space I had to work with, and ended up setting up some of my equipment over top the presses.
Behind the scenes image by Jacqulyn Maisonneuve