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:
I found out earlier this year that a family friend is a manager at Leverage, an awesome management company that represents actors such as Leighton Meester and David Gallagher. We coordinated with each other and set up a shoot for one of their up and coming actresses, Natalie Floyd. Natalie has appeared in many shows including Pretty Little Liars, The Young and the Restless, and CSI: NY. Our target was to move away from the “traditional” headshot and focus more on getting natural, closeup portraits. According to the manager, those types of pictures are what they use the most for their clients. I decided to break up the shoot into two parts. The first part, we focused on getting a clean portrait with a light, summer-like mood. I really like how these turned out.
The second part, we added more edge and picked locations with more dramatic lighting for theatrical headshots.
Special thanks to Mary @ Leverage for setting this shoot up for me.
Natalie’s IMDB: Link
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 worked with a familiar face today – Adrienne. I first shot with Adrienne a year ago (can’t believe it!), and she recently contacted me because she signed with a new agency and needed new headshots. Her agent was pretty specific in wanting a very clean and light colored background, so our little team set out to get the winning shots.
Adrienne is a real pro and an awesome person on top of that, so I knew the pictures were going to be great, and I was excited to write up this post as soon as the shoot wrapped. I wanted to post both a commercial shot and theatrical shot so you can see how versatile she is as an actress. Who wouldn’t buy a product from this friendly face?
And then for the theatrical shot, we decided to mix it up and take a few without the light background. I love this headshot below because though Adrienne is super friendly, in this shot she looks so tough and ready to take on anybody that crosses her! And finally, shout-out to the awesome hair and makeup job by Shiou, who always delivers!