Doing corporate headshots for web sites, brochures etc., is not always the most exciting form of photography. However, it helps a lot when the location you are given turns out to be quite nice (not always the case).
In the first couple of images, we were blessed to have a very nice conference room with a deep burgundy rear wall and a lovely polished table. The individual shot was lit with a single softbox to camera left, and a white reflector for fill.
The group shot required a different lighting approach as we needed pretty even lighting across the whole group. We achieved this by using two AB800 strobes to camera left and right pointing up into the corners of the wall behind the camera.
In the next shot, we used the elevator lobby of a high rise office building as a background. The tungsten lighting and the wood made for a very warm feel. We exposed for the ambient lights, and used three Nikon SB800 Speedlights on a Lastolite Triflash bracket to light the group.
For the second team photo, we used the 14th floor balcony of their office. This shot was lit with a single AB800 strobe mounted in a softbox slightly to camera left. The trick here is to expose for the background (even under-expose it slightly), then match the strobe intensity for the subjects.