Taylor was referred to me through his agent. We did a seven look session, which can be really long and taxing, but Taylor came fully prepared and organized. He brought a list detailing each outfit for each look. We operated throughout the shoot like a well-oiled machine, knocking out the looks. I’ve been getting consistent referrals from his agency, and I really like shooting their actors, because their agent knows exactly what he wants and makes the actor do their homework in picking out the wardrobe. Definitely helps to make the shoot easy and fun.
So this past week, I received my favorite spam comment on this blog of all time. Sac Pascher writes,
“Hello, you used to write great, but the last few posts have been kinda boring…I miss your super writings. Past few posts are just a little bit out of track! come on!”
I am so glad I have someone like Sac monitoring and rating my posts. I definitely don’t want to disappoint Sac with anymore boring writings. The “come on!” should be enough to spur me back on track with my super writings
Seth was a referral from one of my past clients. He’s got a great smile that really lights up his face. Below are some of my favorites.
One of my recent clients was Jessie, an acting student at AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy). Working with Jessie was really fun, because he’s got a lively personality. He’s also got a great, approachable smile; during our shoot, Jessie mentioned that he’s thinking about closing up the gap in between his front teeth. I told him that I think he should keep the gap because it adds character to the smile. Here are some of my favorite shots:
Yesterday, I had a photo session with Kevin, an actor and Southern California native. His passion for acting began in high school, and his early days of acting includes featured work on “Step by Step” and “Sister Sister.” I tried a couple of new locations during our shoot, adding to my repertoire of backlit spots. Kevin is so ethnically ambiguous, and that plays to his favor in getting roles sometimes. During our shoot, we talked about the casting process, and Kevin mentioned that he’s so burned out from going to commercial castings that now he just focuses purely on print and theatrical work. In our short time of shooting, I developed an admiration for his direction and drive. Here are some of the photos from our session:
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!
Hi friends, sorry it’s been so long since my last update. The past month, I’ve been shooting events, bulking up my stock photography, and getting my fashion portfolio ready to approach commercial and editorial clients (exciting!). With the start of the new month, I’ll be getting back into doing some more headshots, so hopefully, my updates will be a little more regular. Here’s the first one to kick off the month of June. I first shot with Asher several years ago, and his new agent wanted some updated headshots. Since the last time we met, Asher’s career has been busy, booking commercials ranging from Target to Bud Light. I’ve only met a handful of Indian and South Asian actors, but in my opinion, Asher is a real positive example in the industry. He’s well spoken, charismatic, and professional. Recently, he’s also made his TV debut on dual shows — Femme Fetales and Single Ladies. Below are two of my favorite theatrical shots from our session. Remember this face. You’ll be seeing it a lot more on TV!
Asher’s imdb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3117186/
I met Billy through his modeling agency (Wilhelmina) a couple of weeks ago, and he asked me to do some headshots for him. Billy’s old headshots (which I loved) were done by one of my favorite headshot photographers here in LA, so I challenged myself to see if I could outdo them. A main reason why I loved his old headshots so much was because they were directionally lit and had such a dramatic film still feel, so I wanted to keep that all the same. The following is what I came up with, and we’re both pretty happy with the outcome. Comparing these shots with some of the first headshots I did about a year ago, I think I’ve come a long way with lighting.
DJ is a stuntman, a stilt walker, and teaches gymnastics. He does shows at both Universal Studios and Magic Mountain. He’s done theater work too, so many of his expressions were really exaggerated. ”Draw it back a little,” I kept reminding him during our session. It’s always fun to work with someone with a ton of energy.
Ron was a referral from a buddy of his that I shot from his acting class. Ron is a Cornellian who loves acting and currently works for Disney. Great guy with a very friendly face (he’s got an awesome eyebrow move too!). I picked this shot as one of my favorites because I think the environment and lighting really brings out his skin tone, and it’s the perfect headshot for a best buddy/comedic part.
Justin is a young, new actor, having just graduated from Cornell. Great kid. Very easy-going with a great attitude that’ll serve him well in the business. We did a two look photo session. For the first look, we picked a casual t-shirt to emphasize his marketability as an approachable boy next door.
For the second look, we decided on layering a denim jacket. We did mostly commercial shots, but this one theatrical shot jumped out at me.