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Archive for the ‘Beauty’ Category

Beauty Shoot with Nadia

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Last week, we had a fun shoot with Nadia, an aspiring model. In part, these are typical beauty headshots, but with a classic, old Hollywood aesthetic. Nadia’s wonderful makeup artist friend, Averi, helped us create the look.

Please click on each image in the post to see it LARGER and clearer.

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In going over the pictures and editing them, I was amazed to see the variety of hairstyles Nadia came up with, without a lot of fuss or muss. Well, in a few of the pictures we went with a purposely mussy look – see the last photograph, below.

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With several of the images, we created both black & white and color versions. As shown in the two images above, you can sense a very different feeling in the two photographs. In the black & white conversions, I used Silver Efex Pro, a fabulous plug-in program to Photoshop, that can replicate many old film styles. Which of these two images do you like best? I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks, Nadia, for a great shoot. Hope we can work together again!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.
“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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That Eyebrow Thing

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OK, this post is about more than “That Eyebrow Thing.” But, first things first, be sure to click on each image to see it in a LARGER and CLEARER size.

I recently did a photoshoot in the studio with Megan, an accomplished singer, dancer and actor.  Megan is working hard in the New York theater scene and waiting for her big break. Given her skills, experience and enthusiasm – it’s going to happen soon!

Faithful readers will recognize my style of “beauty” headshots in three of the images in this post. These are great fun to shoot and can be so revealing of a subject’s personality.

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So, in the picture above, did you notice anything special? Yes, Megan has that rare talent of being able to raise one eyebrow and still flash an engaging smile. When I coached her to “Just do that eyebrow thing,” she delivered every time. This is one of the more subtle versions.

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Here’s a view of the whole Megan, head to toe. Thanks Megan, for a great day of shooting. Here’s hoping these images will help you land that big break gig on the stage!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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Dodging and Burning Julia

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Recently I did a model shoot with Julia, a native of Ukraine who has just moved to our country. Regular readers will be familiar with the style of “beauty” headshots that I take, with the model looking straight ahead at the camera and soft, flattering light.

Sometimes the lighting is – well – too soft.  Then, in Photoshop, I’ll do some dodging (lightening) and burning (darkening). The terms “dodging and burning” come from the good old days of film and refer to making contrast adjustments to certain areas of a print in the development process in the darkroom.

Look at these too versions of the same image. In the first one, above, I did the dodging and burning. The version below is without those changes. The difference is pretty subtle – you can see it around her eyes and cheeks.

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Be sure to click on each image to view it in a LARGER and CLEARER size. The colors are truer in the larger size as well.

The idea is to add a little depth and drama. As with most retouching, a little bit goes a long way. Which of these versions do you like better? I’d love to hear from you!

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Here’s another image, with the dodging and burning applied.

My technique for this, which I learned from Scott Kelby of kelbyone.com, involves using two curves layers, one greatly darkened and one lightened. Then, with a soft “brush” at low opacity, on fully masked layers, gently adding light to highlight areas and darkening the shadow areas.

Thanks, Julia, for a great shoot!  Here’s one last photograph, the fashion image below, showing Julia’s great smile.

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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