I recently got to have two really great sessions with clients for headshots. In both, we got right into the fun of the shoot and this allowed the clients to focus on their expression of themselves.
First, let's meet Isabella.
Now, I'll be direct about this from the beginning: Isabella is going to be an actress. Take a look at her shots and you'll see what I mean.
Isabella and I got into the groove of this shoot right away. I had her try different poses and facial expressions, and then had her take a look at the resulting shots. We did this several times, which allowed Isabella to understand how to get across what she wanted.
Having gotten a feel for this, she got excited. She was so happy to see herself on the screen as the camera saw her. From there, it was easy. I wanted her to have her bearings in the shoot, and she did.
Yes, the last shot was the clincher for me too.
As you can tell, Isabella is a super sweet girl. She's also a total pistol. It's a killer combination. I'm looking forward to seeing where she goes with all of the energy she has to work with.
Next up is Paul.
Now, Paul is a blast, because he loves to get into the play associated with the shoot. He's also not afraid to get a little crazy for the fun of it.
From a technical standpoint, I'm ready to shoot once my client steps in front of the lens. We do, however, still have to convey with the shots what the client has in mind. Achieving this can be a bit of a dialogue.
As a side note, it isn't always just the photographer and client involved in this dialogue. There are people whose input and direction matter to the client, although they might not be (and usually aren't) in the room. The photographer might not even be aware of these people, but more often than not, clients will ask a person or people for input. Whether this is an agent, spouse, family member, friend, or even something the client has read, it's important to take all of these potential sources of input on the shots into account not just once the shoot is done and it's time select shots, but from the very beginning. Properly done, this helps the client to get the exact final product they want.
In this case, Paul and I worked back and forth to hone in on exactly what it was that Paul wanted to express, taking into account the work that Paul has booked in the past, and what work he would like to book in the future. And of course, who wouldn't want to be a tough guy, even if only for a little bit. :)
(I've included a couple of shots we did for fun during the shoot. Paul is particularly a fan of the last.)
(That last shot should have either made you laugh or totally creeped you out. Either response is acceptable.)
I loved these shoots. They had a great energy about them and that propelled us to get the shots we wanted. I can't wait to shoot with these two again.
Thank you very much for taking the time to look through these shots. Pick your poison with the social media buttons below and please do comment as well. I know Isabella and Paul would love to hear your thoughts. They're both very social (don't let Paul's crazy eyes fool you!), so you just might get some love back from them.
And if you're interested in seeing more, click Mr. O'Brien below, to see my shoot with Mark O'Brien, of AMC's Halt and Catch Fire.
Until next time.
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