One of the many hats I wear is corporate photographer for Humana. I love corporate photography because it suits my style so well. I'm a no fuss, quick turn photographer. I use Photoshop almost every day, and all of my photos are edited with it, but I deploy minimal editing techniques. I don't want to spend hours retouching, using actions, all that stuff. I like to schedule, shoot, download, edit, crop, turn and file.
Humana is a large company based in Louisville, Kentucky, my hometown. There are over 10,000 people who work for Humana in Louisville, and I've taken more than 100 of their head shots.
I take other photos for Humana, too. Some are typical corporate shots- meetings, town halls. We do a lot of employee events, and I've taken photos of our walks and other celebration events. This week, I photographed a beloved leader's retirement party. That was fun. Next week, I'm photographing a Kids Clinic affiliated with Louisville City Soccer team. A month or two ago, I got to go on the field and photograph an actual LCFC game- the first soccer game I've ever been to.
I like doing head shots because I meet a whole bunch of people I've never met before. It's really made me see what a huge variety of professionals a big company employs. I've photographed our CEO, our Chief of Human Resources, our Chief Information Officer, our CFO. I've photographed many doctors we have on staff. People who work in sales. People who work with doctors and hospitals. Many people who work with our customers. People who work in finance, in marketing, in IT. Researchers with PhDs. There are a lot of real humans powering the corporation I work for and that's good to see.
Photography is just one of the things I do at Humana, though. I wasn't hired to be the corporate photographer- I was hired as a contractor to feed content to a web site. Once it became known that I was a photographer and graphic designer, I got more and more work until I eventually got hired full time. Because photo jobs are often one of several items on my to do list, I forget sometimes how special it is. It's definitely my favorite duty- it's really not a "duty" at all- it's a pleasure!