I've had the privilege to work with actor Ryan Czerwonko a number of times and it's always a pleasure. Aside from being a super nice guy to work with, Ryan brings an amazing range to a shoot so it's always a lot of fun. For this latest session we shot a few quick head shots and focused more on a few editorial portrait looks.
Actress Emma Dumont came by the studio for a few promotional shots. You might recognize her as Polaris from The Gifted on Fox. We basically photographed a catalog of shots for Emma to submit for her recent interviews by ZiNK Magazine, FanSided and Anthem Magazine. Thanks to a great crew that included stylist Vivian LC Style, hair and makeup by Grace Armas and on set assistant Deborah Fang.
Selecting the best head shot photographer for your needs shouldn't be a quick process. Dig through head shot portfolios and look for consistency within the work. Then narrow down which photographer produces head shots that are in line with the looks you need.
To make this process easier I recently made a change to my head shot samples where I've separated the different styles that I shoot. The Modern (shown above), Corporate, Traditional, etc. When reviewing photographers' work, pay attention to expression and postures. Look at the details such as where the hair lays, the creases in the shirt, position of the collar, tension in the neck... that list goes on and on. All of those little details should NOT be random and they will make or break a good head shot.
Lastly, look at wardrobe. Colors of shirts, patterns, neck lines, layers; talk to your photographer about what photographs well and what should be avoided so that you have everything you need when you show up for your head shot session.
A few selections from a recent head shot session with actress Stephanie Casebier. Stephanie booked a two hour session in studio to focus strictly on updated head shots for her and her agent. We also worked in a moving head shot which I've been doing a lot of.
Max called me up needing updates for his agency board. He booked two hours in the studio to concentrate on commercial looks so we shot a lot of options from casual to sophisticated. Funny thing is, the coffee mug idea was a quick "here, try this" proposal during our shoot. A couple weeks later, Max sent a message saying that he was just booked to model a commercial job for a name brand coffee company.
Jess contacted me about needing some head shot updates for her agents. We decided to do a basic two hour head shot session in studio to give both her and her agents a variety of looks to consider. Four agents in four different regions chose a different shot. This is why I always recommend enough time to cover multiple looks during a session.
I recently had the pleasure of hosting internationally published model Rachel Zehner in the studio for this editorial session focussing on gelled lighting. The light gels gave me the color I wanted so minimal post production was required to finish these off. Hair and makeup was done in studio by Grace Armas. Rachel is currently represented in the US by Ursula Wiedmann Models and Wilhelmina New York.
Haven't had much time for blog posts over the past couple months so I have some catching up to do. Here are a few selections from our session with Karen Powell of Ursula Weidmann Models. For Karen's session I wanted to do a clean white on white look to bring out the color of her hair. Natural hair and makeup look by Emily Walton.
Andi Dorfman visited the studio recently to shoot promos for her new t-shirt line offered exclusively for Southward Apparel. The request from Southward was to photograph Andi modeling her tee showing a couple different look variations. She showed up with hair and makeup ready so we were wrapped up in about an hour.
Lexie is an amazing young model represented by Ursula Wiedmann Models (UWM) here in Atlanta. She and her mother came by the studio recently for a multi look session with me and hair/makeup artist Grace Armas. This was a three hour session from setup to tear down, including hair and makeup. During that time we were able to fit in some clean beauty head shots and multiple wardrobe changes such as this soft hooded sweater, some fur and a beautiful patterned dress to finish up.
Blake Ballard is one of the hardest working people in Atlanta and is currently signed with agent Ursula Wiedmann Models (UWM), among others. Styled by Olivia Hargrove, we spent three hours experimenting with light, bright powdered chalk, some glitter and a very neon sweater.
We recently wrapped an amazing half-day editorial shoot with actress/model Christina Zangas from CLICK Models of Atlanta and J Pervis Talent. From planning to file delivery this shoot was as efficient as any I've done. Working with Christina was a blast, and a big thanks goes out to the great work by Grace Armas Hair and Makeup Design.
I originally met Destiny on a commercial shoot. Shortly after she contacted me to set up a personal shoot for new head shots and posing looks to update her modeling portfolio. I asked if she was thinking studio or location, after seeing some of my recent studio work she felt this would be a good addition to her book.
Max DiNatale came by the studio to fit in some editorial fashion looks while he was in town for a product shoot. After looking at his past work I was a little intimidated wondering what I was going to give him that he didn't already have. So I decided it best to just light and shoot the way I always do and here are a few of the shots we came away with.
Joyce Larioza is a very talented model getting most of her work through her agencies here in Atlanta and LA. We originally set up a two hour session because she was looking for some clean, updated headshots for her talent listings. I showed her some of my recent portrait work and she decided to fit some of that into our studio time. I'm really glad she did, I think this is one of my favorite sets so far. More of Joyce's work can be seen on her talent website.
I’ve had the privilege of doing promotional photography for a lot of great talent lately. Among my favorite jobs are actor’s and model’s portfolio shoots, especially when there is some room for a dramatic and edgy approach.
Dillan reviewed a recent shoot that I had done and felt this look would suit his book well. He took my wardrobe recommendations perfectly and showed up ready to shoot. I am really, really happy with the set as a whole, Dillan ended up with a lot of options to add to his modeling portfolio.