If I’ve learned anything at all doing this job, it can be summed up in a few simple notions . . .
Have your gear ready and stay alert. The magic happens quickly and not at all when you expected it.
Consider kneepads. Get down on the ground and see what’s really happening.
Trying to pose kiddos is futile and not that much fun anyway. Follow their lead.
Some places have extra magic. Identify and remember them. (Bishop Arts is more than just good food.)
When someone wants you to shoot their important event, you say “Yes”.
Did I mention that kids are awesome to work with, but impossible to predict?
The most interesting shots are not the “static set-ups”. Quite the contrary – it’s the random candid pic that almost didn’t happen which stirs the imagination.
True Love will always be photogenic. Point and shoot. Nothing more to it.
Details, details and a few more of those beautiful details.
A huge “Thank You” to my amazing clients. Your continued support means everything.
Although my business is primarily divided between family portraiture and event photography, I am occasionally commissioned to shoot business headshot images. It’s an art form that I truly enjoy for two main reasons . . .
1. Unlike a true portrait, the images must convey confidence and trustworthiness in a concisely drawn presentation. That part is straightforward and relatively easy. The trick, however, is to avoid losing the subject’s actual personality along the way.
2. As the photographer, you only have a very short time to make the magic happen. Most headshot sessions are jammed in between board meetings and power lunches. These people are super busy and don’t have time to spend the entire afternoon posing. I enjoy that “on-the-clock” aspect of the session. Everything comes into focus quickly . . . it has to.
Take a look at the newly redesigned website for the Richard A. Gump Jr. Law Firm. It looks fantastic. They made great use of my headshot and group imagery. They were really fun to work with as well.