AC is a young teenager I photographed in the studio recently. He was a bit of a ham with visions of becoming the next Justin Bieber. He spent an hour just playing in front of the camera. During a lull I asked him who his dream date would be and also if he could move his eye brows independently. He never tried but gave it a whirl. He broke out laughing and so did his parents. I caught the laugh and found out Mila Kunis is his dream date, but my favorite shot was AC raising his left eye brow.
I would be happy as a clam if I could do a portrait headshot for people all day everyday. There is something fun and creative about trying to pull an expression from your subject. Some photographers can do it better than others. There are photographers who should probably double as comedians or therapists and there are photographers who could moonlight as story tellers judging by how they create the emotion they want or need. I’m a little bit more of all-of the-above kind of guy. I also prefer to shoot in the studio where I can control everything, but when the weather is nice it’s tough not to enjoy Mother Nature. Plus it’s difficult to get better lighting than that created by God so I do shoot outside on occasion. This past weekend was partly cloudy so I couldn’t turn down the chance to take advantage of the perfect lightning conditions.
Leica M9 with a 75/1.4 Summilux at ISO 200, f/8, 1/125 of a second.
I recently rearranged my headshot studio so I would have more space between the V-Flats. The back wall is cream colored but rather than put up either seamless paper or my Hurley ProBoard, I just lit it with a couple of Dynalite Uni400s. I shot her with a Canon 5D Mark III with a Canon EF 70-200/2.8L lens that was tethered to a 15 inch MacBook Pro with an Apple Thunderbolt Cinema Display and running Lightroom 4.
Kate was kind enough to model for me so I can test my setup. The only change I would make is to pump up my backlight by a stop or two.
I understand that a photograph is worth 1000 words but someone just told me that a video is worth 10,000 words so I am giving Animoto a try first with a montage of some of my professional and corporate headshot photography. Stay tuned as the next step for me will be videos of me in action during a headshot session in McKinney Texas and maybe converting my About page now that we are in a very visual world
Jacob is a multifaceted individual who plays baseball professionally, competes in freestyle western dance competitions, a talented singer and is also a runway model. Shot a few different professional headshots for his acting portfolio so he can generate more casting calls.