Today, I am recapping the 1st Half 2019 Studio Headshots that I did not yet add to the blog. At first is Terri who was looking for new headshots as she ran for a local board. Being that we met while working at TEDxTysons events, it made sense that she was looking to run for the McLean Community Center board. With this in mind, her simple black top keeps the frame non-distracting. Especially since these photos will likely be small on a webpage, having the face be the focal point is very important. This is how most headshots are viewed these days.
Mary and her family own an HVAC company. Every week at our business networking group, Mary consistently talks about her expanding capabilities at her business. After producing some standard background headshots, I asked her if she had a favorite color. Purple was her choice, so of course, I did my best to get a nice purple in the background. In this case, I did it in camera, not in Photoshop! Using gels like in theater lighting, I changed the light gray background to purple. It is always fun to play in the studio!
Finally, we have Lyndon, a low key showman! During the day, he is a capable health insurance professional. On the weekends, he is an awesome event DJ! He has a great voice that really carries well over a microphone. Also, his years of experience in selecting music and playing for party crowds makes him a great addition to your reception. I hope to run into him at a wedding someday!
Dancers are my favorite subjects, so I was excited to make some Arthur Murray CC Portraits at their studio. At this time, Jen at the Chevy Chase studio wanted to give some opportunity for staff and students to get some nice portraits in their gowns. Seeing that this would be a great time to update the photos for their website, I brought my lighting and background and set up in one of their practice rooms. Although it was smaller than a full ballroom space, it was perfect to get couples in dance poses.
At first, some of the students that came in for lessons that Saturday got some photos with their teachers. Having a shoot in a dance studio was indeed helpful since they have mirrors everywhere! They can line up and practice just prior to facing the camera, making the hit rate much better.
When the staff came to get some photos, it was a nice collaboration with their studio, and the dress designer. Artistry in Motion by Julia Gorchakova supplies many of the dresses worn at the Freestyles and Showcases. Having the lighting setup, and the dancers willing to pose at just the right line was awesome. So many photos that I get at the events could be perfect if I had just a bit of control and this session had everything locked down. Thanks to Jen, Miguel, and Emily for working on these with me – I hope they work out well for you too!
This post is from an on-location session of Laurie Richard doing some business coaching. At this time, I met her at a modern office building in downtown Washington, DC. By the time I arrived, she had already been teaching for most of the day. When they came back from break, she started her last block for the day.
Watching professionals at work is really eye-opening and one of the privileges of being a photographer. Whenever I am assigned this kind of project, photos are my number one priority. Concurrently, I pay attention to the material presented. Not only does this keep me engaged with what is going on, but it does help in getting better photos. Authentic photos are always better as they translate better to viewers than completely set up images. When following along with the presentation, it helps you to previsualize the images you want to make and creates results that your clients are looking for!