A white background is the classic uncluttered method to creating a portrait .
Presenting a strong and straightforward portrait with no distractions.
They are a must if you plan on "floating" them on a website's white page for instance.
The light falling on the subject will result in a gray background.
The background needs it's own lighting.
It's important to know that lighting the background with enough light to make it photograph a true white is key.
Here I used two lights pointed at the background, one left and one right.
The background was about 7 feet behind the subject.
Lighting the subject is a 3x4 foot soft box at camera left and a 2x3 foot soft box
at camera right at about 8 feet high.
When I arrive at a location for a corporate shoot of this kind I always allow for at least an hour of setup and testing time.
Shooting professionally requires planning and preparation in order to carry off a flawless result.