Headshots from today - smile shots added

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Headshots from today - smile shots added

I'm really busy the next several days. Had a session today, have one tomorrow, and one Monday...all headshots! Fortunately I adore shooting headshots.

Today, since there's been so much rain, I shot at my husband's office. It was so fun to walk around the building and find cool little pockets of light and interesting backgrounds.

Here are a few of the example proofs I did:

1. Near a window inside the lobby

2. On the balcony...the building is a high rise and DH works in the Penthouse. I just LOVE the effect the glass gets when it reflects the sky.

3. The same balcony..just different reflection.

4. A wood cabinet in the conference room.

5. Found this really cool large painting in one of the un-used offices.

6. Ventured outside...this is just a little corner next to a dingy stairway to a basement.

I was pretty excited about the result of this session. Hope he likes them. Going to the same location tomorrow with a girl. FUN!

Just to share his smile:
A few of the smile shots...these are SOOC...except clearly they have been run through my ready for web batch to shrink and add watermark.

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amazing as always. Only with that his face had showed a variety of emotion rather than all the same but then again I don't know what he's going for Smile

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Wow I love all the backgrounds, such beautiful colors.

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"LJB07" wrote:

amazing as always. Only with that his face had showed a variety of emotion rather than all the same but then again I don't know what he's going for Smile

We were going for Indy Film Leading Man / Dramatic.

There are 340 pictures in his proof set and a good 15% show him smiling. LOL...I just didn't pick those for example retouched proofs because I personally think he looks better not smiling and won't be using any of his smile pictures for my portfolio. These example proofs do double duty...they show the client basically what a retouched photo will look like...color and contrast wise..for each background we used and are also the images I might use on my website. The rest of the photos in his proof gallery will be untouched because...well, YIKES 340 pictures processed the way I process headshots would take a VERY long time.

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He reminds me of someone who was on Make Me a Supermodel.

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Added some smile shots the the first post.

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Very Nice.

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okay, help me out - he has a beard, he doesn't have a beard. what's up with that?

love these, really amazing shots. I really wish my sister wanted to do her headshots outside. Sad

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"coolmama72" wrote:

okay, help me out - he has a beard, he doesn't have a beard. what's up with that?

love these, really amazing shots. I really wish my sister wanted to do her headshots outside. Sad

He shaved halfway through...I've had 3 guys now shave in the middle of the session. Actors usually order several different headshots for different moods/roles.

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agreed I like the non-smiling esp for your portfolio

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all very nice! Love your use of color.

The only one that don't sing to me (or it would except the others sing louder) is #3, something about his eyebrows, it looks like the light is making his face squint if you KWIM. But even that one is still rather awesome!

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"coolmama72" wrote:

okay, help me out - he has a beard, he doesn't have a beard. what's up with that?

well slap me silly, I was so drawn in by his eyes, I didn't even notice!!

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"AmberBella" wrote:

He shaved halfway through...I've had 3 guys now shave in the middle of the session. Actors usually order several different headshots for different moods/roles.

that's wild! okay, so glad I'm not crazy. Wink

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Amber what lens are you using? Lovely bokeh.

His skin looks a tad red to me, especially in the first. Could be Flickr.

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I'm using the 70-200 2.8L IS....almost always with headshot sessions. I used the new 24-70 a few times in the session when necessary, but haven't shown any of those images here.

Thanks for the note about skin. I'm never sure anymore how much red is acceptable in skin. These are heavy in red by the numbers..but they look so grey when I take the red out. I'm always worried about my calibration.

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My favorite is number one. The background colors really accentuate his features, and the colors are just busy enough to keep the portrait interesting without taking away from the subject.

One question, is it okay to crop out the top of the head for an actor's portfolio? I like the crop personally but didn't know if people reviewing the portfolio would want to see all.

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"Quetzal1" wrote:

My favorite is number one. The background colors really accentuate his features, and the colors are just busy enough to keep the portrait interesting without taking away from the subject.

One question, is it okay to crop out the top of the head for an actor's portfolio? I like the crop personally but didn't know if people reviewing the portfolio would want to see all.

Yes, it's usually totally acceptable to crop off tops of heads. The eyes are the most important. I always do some really traditional, portrait orientation, no head chopping shots before I start to get creative so that there is a very good selection for the actors and agents to choose what style they want. My chopped heads sell as good or better than my non-chopped heads...even when agents are picking the pictures.

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I love em as usual you are awesome.

I didn't notice the beard thing either Biggrin

Cazz

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Awesome and inspiring, as always! I love how well you used the available environment to get so many varied looks!

TFS,
GiGi

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Check out those eyes! Those are gorgeous! I am more fond of the smiling ones, just b/c he looks better. And he looks better with no beard...but anyways!

Okay, I am glad you answered about the head chops b/c I was wondering the same thing. I LOVE your work, especially those with the head chops b/c you always nail it perfectly, but I wondered how everyone else liked it. Well done!