Posts Tagged ‘actress’
I get the pleasure of of meeting and working with a lot of talented people. Since I started giving photography a shot (professionally) in 2004 I’ve worked with hundreds makeup artists, stylists, models, musicians, chefs, designers, architects; business owners, and of course actors. Witnessing the growth and success of these people is an incredible experience.
Last night, while watching Jeff Bridges introduce the nominees for the actress in a leading roll, I was blown away when he introduced Jennifer Lawrence for her performance in Winter’s Bone. I met and worked with Jennifer in 2006. At the time, she was all of 15 years old. With the help of Valerie Noble on hair and makeup, and wardrobe help from Elmer Ave we made some amazing images that still stand today. Congratulations Jennifer.
Over the past several weeks I’ve had the pleasure of working with two different models. One is an established actress and model with a book full of magazine tear sheets. The other is a 19 year old with natural talent that is just beginning to explore her potential.
I once had a head shot client remark that the beauty retouching I performed on her photo was like great plastic surgery without the side affects. I took that as a compliment. My goal with beauty retouching is to make my clients look amazing yet hold in the reigns enough so that they don’t look plastic or fake. I’d like to think that my retouched photos help my clients look like they’ve had a month long stay at a spa; well rested, rejuvenated, refreshed and maybe a tad younger and in tip-top shape.
Agnesse was in town promoting a movie she produced and acted in. She’s got a ton of experience and her book of tear sheets was impressive. Let’s just say she’s thirty-somethin. We wanted to go for a clean beauty-type portrait.
Kaya and I set out to experiment and have some fun. With most new models, and with my clients that don’t have a lot of experience in front of a camera, I tend to start off slow and count the first set as a practice run. This was just a few shots into our “practice run”. With most portraits my goal is for the client to look past themselves when looking at the results and see the amazing photo that everyone else sees.
For a lot of people having their photo taken is a painful experience. Hopefully my experience, direction and results put my clients at ease. Last week I ran into an old friend who needed a new head shot. Jenica has been a successful actor for as long as I’ve known her and I was honored that someone who has had numerous photographers shoot her head shots trusted in my ability.
The great thing about working with successful working actors is that they know what they want and they know what works. When I work with new models or actors often they haven’t come to a place of understanding the commerce of the advertising and show business. What photo will help sell “you” and in-turn help a company market their product? Do you make the clothes look good? Will you play the perfect housewife in the new TV drama we are casting for?
Jenica is funny. She plays the funny part. When I asked her to be sultry she was taken back. My goal is not only be able to provide what you are asking for but also to provide you with options you weren’t thinking of. The results turned out great. I hope that as a result of our work together she’ll book a ton of new jobs and cut me in on her residuals.