I love shooting theatrical headshots; as actors, my subjects tend to be full of energy and personality and the shoots are rarely boring. Julia was no exception. Every frame was a different expression – despite her insistence that she hadn’t moved – and her enthusiasm was infectious. With a subject like her, the shoot is easy; it’s the final image selection that’s difficult. Continue reading “Julie C., Actress to Be”
Journalist/reporter Melanie Huonker needed a professional headshot and I thought it might be interesting to light her in a way that would suggest a newsroom feel. Rather than set up a backdrop, I simply lit the back of the studio, arranging pillows of different tones and colors behind her to get the effect I wanted. Continue reading “Three-light Setup with Melanie”
Senior portrait photography – perhaps more than any other type of portrait photography – follows very definite trends dictated not only by the tastes of the younger clientele of the time, but also by the practices of the few photographers who grab the bulk of the senior portrait business in any given area.
Unfortunately, the nature of the business makes it easy for a photographer to fall into a routine of set looks and poses and many of these shoots are handled in an assembly-line fashion for the sake of profitability. Continue reading “Taylor: Senior Portrait”
Sometimes it’s easy to get carried away with lighting, but lighting doesn’t have to be complicated to be effective.
For this shoot, time was limited, so I wanted to simplify things by reducing my variables.
I decided to use a single strobe, mounted in a stripbox to the model’s right (camera left), positioned in such a way that the light subtly wrapped around her while the spill gave a gentle glow to the background. A large white reflector was placed opposite the light to the model’s left for fill. Continue reading “Portrait Lighting with One Light”
Shooting professional photography is a skill acquired through years of experience. Even though a DSLR now costs under $1,000, taking professional portraits involves much more than a nice camera.
In this digital age where everyone has cameras, scanners, and home “photo printers,” we hear this all the time: How do professional (or personal) photographers charge $X for an 8×10 when they cost just $1.50 at the drugstore? Simply put, the customer is not just paying for the actual photograph; they’re paying for time and expertise.
Continue reading “Why are Professional Photographers so expensive?”