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Headshots!

June 2nd, 2010  |  by  |  published in Featured, Shoot

headshots are interesting images to create. not quite portraits, yet with many of the qualities of portraits.

you want the eyes to ‘speak’ to the viewer, drawing them in. making them think, ‘yes, i do want to know more about this person!’ sort of a visual calling card. actors, business professionals, models … practically anyone with a head could one day need or want a headshot.

so what are some tips we could offer you when heading out to shoot images like this? first, find out the way in which the client will be using the headshot, is it for commercial filming, theatre, professional marketing purposes? each of these may require a different approach. for instance, when photographing someone that may need a shot for theatre work, you may want to create a shot with controlled studio lighting and a simple black backdrop.

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commercial uses, i have found now-a-days, rely on color images created in natural environmental settings. typically i’ll take a client to a nearby park or down a city street to capture a laid back relaxed image of them. i’ve had moments where the out of doors just won’t work, for instance when it’s pouring rain out (like New England likes to do time & again). i do use my studio and the space within my building in times like this.

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however, if you do not have a studio space available to you, try contacting a local hotel. lots of the providence area hotels are quite accommodating, as are some of the cafes in the area. a number of the lobbies have a great amount of natural lighting and interesting furniture & artwork you can incorporate into the scene.

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for corporate pieces, i will create an image of the client in their own environment, closer to a portrait. utilizing their everyday surroundings that will help illustrate to those viewing what type of work they are involved in. for instance, a banker, i may set up an image within the lobby of their bank. a chef, maybe somewhere within the kitchen of their restaurant. anything that best illustrates their daily goings on.

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when creating headshots, i tend not to just jump right in and start shooting. i like to talk with the client first, not fiddle with equipment. a lot of folks are not comfortable in front of a camera. to just start snapping away may make them nervous. which will translate into the image.

make eye contact, ask about their work, their field, what they did that day. become comfortable with conversing with them. be aware of when they seem stiff, when they are holding their breath. that’s a cue to take the camera away from your face and reconnect with the person in front of you. tell them to take a break. make them aware of the fact that they can say ‘ i need a time out’ at any point during the shoot.

let them ease into the shoot, know that the first few frames (or more) may only be practice. that’s okay. no one is counting. what’s important is making certain that your client can breathe easily once you really start to create an image for them and that they trust in you and your abilities to not only produce a working photo of them, yet also trust that you care about the process + outcome.

share with us some of your tips when creating headshots. we’d love to hear from you!

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Muddy muddy muddy waters

September 13th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Mingle

Stacey Doyle came up to second shoot a wedding in Maine last week and got stuck with me in a Hurricane. The couple had decided on an outdoor wedding with the only shelter from the storm being a tent. The couple and their guests were a hearty bunch, and rolled with the raindrops. They slipped and slided on the dance floor and so did we.

Here’s a shot of Stacey’s feet at the end of the night and the shoes the morning after. They’re posed ceremoniously on my light case. We were two walking mud puddles, it was like being at Woodstock without the hallucinogens.

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Great Diamond! Island

July 30th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Mingle

Stacey (Rhode Island Wedding Photographer) came up to Maine to second shoot a wedding with me, Andree, (Maine Wedding Photographer) on Great Diamond island a few weeks ago. It is always so amazing to have a second shooter along, as you can get tons of great angles and shots that you just can’t get by yourself, partly because you can’t be in two places at once, and partly because with another photographer shooting, you can check to make sure someone is getting the safe photo and then you can get yourself somewhere really different and push boundaries.

Here is the album my designer came up from our work. As with the wedding I shot with Earl earlier this year, the breakdown of photos in the album works out to 50%mine and 50% Stacey’s.

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Earl & Stacey: Boston Harbor Hotel Wedding

August 20th, 2008  |  by  |  published in Mingle

Stacey and I recently photographed one of the most elegant weddings I’ve ever had the pleasure to witness. I was especially excited to photograph it because although I’ve worked on same-sex weddings, this was the first lesbian wedding I’ve shot. Sarah and Meghan made a wonderful couple together, and it was interesting to see how their personalities were expressed in their different approaches to the day. Below are just a few of my favorite moments from their day.

Sarah had her hair and makeup in the beautiful light of one of the elegant mezzanine rooms that the Boston Harbor Hotel has available.

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Boston Harbor Hotel Wedding

Meanwhile, Meghan and her friends hung out in her hotel room and prepared for the wedding in their own way.

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Boston Harbor Hotel Photographer

Having gotten ready with others, they then privately shared a first meeting. Meghan waited downstairs for Sarah to arrive. Sarah walked the length of the wharf, coming up behind Meghan. When Meghan turned they saw each other for the first time they fell into each other’s arms.

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I love shooting with my good friends and working with the fabulous Rhode Island Wedding Photographer Stacey Doyle is a special treat. This amazing portrait of the couple is just one of the magnificent images Stacey captured.

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Then it was off to the ceremony.

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The ceremony was a touching and beautiful affair that took place in the round under a gorgeous cascade of flowers and crystals created by Winston Flowers. Sarah and Meghan read vows they had each written, exchanged rings, and were married.

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While the guests left to enjoy cocktails, the room was transformed though the talent of the BHH staff, Suzanne B. Lowell Lighting Design, and Winston Flowers all coordinated through their amazing their event consultant, Michele Mottola.

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From the first dance until the end of the evening, the reception was an energetic party.

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Award Winning Boston Wedding Photographer

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And if folks wanted to relax they could go outside and enjoy s’mores by the fire pits.

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Congratulations Sarah & Meghan!

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