July 24th, 2012 § § permalink
I just returned from a great family vacation up to Big Sur and Napa Valley, and when we got back, my mom insisted that I take some headshots (just for fun) for my little sister. So I whipped out my equipment, and we knocked out these shots in about 15 minutes. My sister, of course, is not an actress, but she’s always been the artistic one in our family. She double majored in art and architecture at Rice University, and she’s currently working for DS+R, one of the leading architecture firms in the nation. Their projects include everything from designing the set of NY fashion week to the creative ingenuity of the NY High Line. I’ve seen her architecture models, and yes, they do stack up against the stick figures that I’m capable of drawing Maybe one day when she opens up her own firm these headshots will come in handy. In the meanwhile, my mom will be happy to log these into the family photo album.
After my vacation, I’m ready hit the pavement running again. Big private meeting tomorrow between me and all the commercial agents at CESD. Let’s hope for the best!
July 13th, 2012 § § permalink
Holy smokes!! Today I had a complete and utter breakthrough with my headshot photography! So my last post with Grace illustrates what works for a commercial headshot. Still, always seeking to improve, I wanted to push the boundary more with my theatrical headshots. I’ve always gravitated more towards headshots that resemble film stills, and while I recognize why a solid colored backdrop works great for commercial headshots, I think a film-like shot is what really shows that an actor is ready to take on some serious roles. So I dialed up Kevin, a commercially repped actor looking to make advancements in the theatrical realm, and we went exploring locations. I have to say, these are my favorite headshots that I have ever taken. Hands down. I am ecstatic to continue exploring and build off of what I’ve accomplished today!
July 11th, 2012 § § permalink
The agencies that I’ve been in contact with have been increasingly requesting that I shoot more commercial headshots with solid backgrounds, so I decided to show them that I’m up for the challenge. Grace is a friend of Arden Cho’s, whom I shot earlier this year. Like me, Grace decided to go against the grain, leaving her former, conventional job to pursue a passion in the arts. She also has one heck of a testimony on her faith. During our session, I experimented with a few new techniques (i.e. subject distance to the light source), and I like how the results came out. It’s got a lot more pop compared to my methods before. The pictures, I think, are very appropriate and friendly for commercials. Happy shots for marketing happy products!
Grace’s website: Grace Su