Client Work: Productive Leap

Naomi here, writing for Paul today.

Here’s one of our favorite people, Chris Yates.
Paul met with him last year and played in Fountain Square, downtown Indianapolis.


They took some wonderful portraits that show off a lot about Chris’s personality. I see several of the things I like most about him in these expressions and settings: the unique sense of style Chris has for himself, his no-nonsense professionalism, and his yes-nonsense attitude of fun and spontaneity. I think Paul and Chris worked well together building this set of portraits.


Chris offers strategic consulting through Productive Leap, and works full time through SmarterHQ, combining all those qualities I mentioned above.




Paul offers fantastic corporate and brand photography sessions—in his studio, the workplace, or your choice of Indianapolis sites that help represent you.




Client Work: Rook Security

Recently I paid a visit to Rook Security at their offices in a repurposed bank here in downtown Indianapolis. They needed new portraits of their employees and location photography for their new website.

I love when clients have ideas for unique portraits and Rook had a great one. In their conference room (which is in the bank’s vault) they have a see-through lit-up dry erase board onto which they drew up a cool-looking flowchart for me to use as a backdrop.

I do like a challenge, and doing portraits in a nearly pitch black bank vault using a dimly-lit dry erase board as a backdrop certainly qualifies. In the end I wound up lighting the board myself with a small speedlight, and since it was so dark I couldn’t even focus, I used the modeling light of an extra studio strobe to add some extra light to my subjects.

Here’s a few of the portraits:

And here are a few of the location shots:

Client Work: Roundpeg

I recently spent some (more) time with my good friends over at Roundpeg making some new pictures. I really do love making these sorts of portraits; there’s honestly not much of a technical challenge to these, but we have such a great time chatting and having fun that I always have a great time.





Client Work: 12 Stars Media

A little while back I had the great opportunity to do some portraits for the 12 Stars Media crew. This is a great group of very creative people changing how video is produced with their service Candidio. There are times when I’m tasked with the challenge of making cool portraits in a drab office, but 12 Stars has their offices in the Fishers Trade Center on the north side. Being a video and production crew, they put together a behind the scenes short from that morning. And here are some of the images we made:







Client Work: Marian University for St. Vincent Health

I recently had the opportunity to make some portrait and brochure photography for Marian University for St. Vincent Health. I really love this sort of work, in one morning I jump from headshots to editorial style portraits to detail images and finally an exterior landscape of the office location. Fun and challenging.









Cooking Class: Understanding Light

As the main ingredient in our images, understanding and controlling light is critical. Light can certainly be difficult to understand, though. In the studio, a strobe fires in a fraction of a second, often not enough time to register what your light actually looks like on a subject.

For the second Cooking Class we’ll work at taking the mystery out of light. We’ll start with a discussion on the ways to describe light and its qualities, things like color, intensity, and quality; we’ll talk about specularity and the inverse square law, a little on dealing with reflections… We’ll then move on to a few demonstrations to help fully grasp these ideas. In the studio we’ll make hard and soft light, play with specular highlights, color, reflections, and using light distance to control its “depth of field”.  Finally, we’ll put these ideas to practical use by making some portraits.

Understanding Light will be held on Monday, May 20th from 7PM to 9PM at the M10 studio downtown and cost $40. Want to attend? Send an email to and I’ll put you on the list!

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