Candice, summed up in a word, is awesome. She’s consummately professional and a triple threat. A beautiful model, a great actress, and to top it all off, she’s in the middle of going for her PHD in psychology. Throughout our shoot, I really enjoyed talking with her about wearing different hats and we related on having such diversified professional interests. What I noticed immediately was Candice’s connection with the camera and how well she took direction. She had a strong handle on working her smile, and it’s a smile can push so many different products. Candice is new to LA and currently unsigned. I’d like to see how long that lasts. She is going to get so much work out here!
With headshots, oftentimes, a small change can make a large impact. Victoria, who’s about to graduate with a degree in acting (congrats!), is my latest client, and she has beautiful hair. We started with some soft curls in her hair, but as they started falling out as the shoot went on, we decided to make an adjustment. She tucked the shorter side strands on both sides (they were holding the most curl) behind her ears, and brought the rest of her hair forward. It literally took three seconds, but I think it completely changed her look! Have a look at the before and after:
As always, it was a fun shoot. Victoria’s also the first actress I’ve shot who would stick her tongue out at me for every practice shot I did to test the light
Taylor is a model and performer straight from Tennessee. We wanted to be a little bit more adventurous with the hair in these headshots, so my stylist worked her magic.
For the next look, we increased the makeup and tamed the hair back. Taylor has amazing, piercing eyes, and I think it really comes across in these shots. My stylist remarked that they reminded her of Nicole Kidman’s. Do you see it?
I first worked with Drew through his modeling agency (Wilhelmina) about two years ago. Since then, he’s become a friend of mine. Aside from being ridiculously photogenic, Drew’s a solid guy with a persistent work ethic/drive and a seeking heart for God. I did headshots for Drew last year, and his agent wanted updated commercial shots. This was a new location for me to tryout, but it worked out great. We were flanked on one side by a hill which blocked the sunlight, creating this natural soft glowing light. The background was far away enough that I was able to throw everything out of focus. I love how clean and fresh these headshots turned out, and I’m sure his agent will as well. And just look at that marketable face! It’s no wonder Drew’s been on demand for big names like Target, Ross, etc.
I thought Amy found me through google, but as it turns out, Amy was a referral from Arden Cho (thanks Arden!). Amy has a very friendly demeanor and personality, and I had a great time working with her. She grew up in a small town north of Santa Barbara, where her parents own the only Chinese restaurant in town. She abandoned the small town life two years ago when she moved to LA.
Before the shoot, I always like to have a little consultation with the client. I show them my portfolio with the different locations that I shoot at and we talk about what they’re looking for with their headshot. Sometimes, clients are a little unclear with what they want, but Amy knew exactly what she was looking for. She needed bright, colorful, commercial shots. Her roles tend to be on the younger side, so we wanted to make her look as young as possible. She pinned her hair back (which was an awesome move!) and the locations that I picked were all colorful, bright, with direct frontal lighting. Here are two of my favorite shots from our session. I think the blue background really pops out her shirt and her skin tone in this first shot:
And in this second shot, I love how the wind cooperated at just the right time to create some movement in the hair. Combined with a great smile, I think Amy is ready to go out there and get some commercials!
The large majority of the clients that I work with are actors or performers, but every once in a while, I get to work on a corporate headshot. It’s a nice change up, and I always enjoy shooting professionals in the corporate field because of my past background. Tasha found me through my website and booked me because she liked my work and I’m close to her workplace. Her company needed her to get a headshot to put into print and covered all the costs of her shoot. She ended up picking this headshot because of the dynamic lighting and background. To me, this headshot read strong, confident woman, which she is!