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Headshots – Different Concepts

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More and more in my client work, I’m finding that people will come in for business headshots, but also want to try other portrait concepts at the same time. This is fun for me!

Recently, Frank came to the studio needing business headshots. Frank is an executive with a well-known Fortune 500 company, and so the look had to be fairly traditional and conservative. The headshot above is one of the images he’ll likely use for the company website, LinkedIn, etc.

But Frank also wanted to try some different concepts for personal use – something darker, edgier, more dramatic. He brought a couple of images he liked as pose ideas, one of a famous writer, another of a current TV star. In the picture below, I used a much harsher light and we processed the image quite differently in Photoshop.

What concepts would you like to try for your next portrait shoot? I’m ready!

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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Inspired by an Annie Leibowitz Image

Recently, I had the pleasure of shooting again with my friend, Wilhelmina, a college sophomore and an accomplished ballet dancer. (Stay tuned for other images from our recent shoot.)

I save a lot of images from magazines, online sources, etc. as possible inspirations for my shoots. At left is an iconic image by Annie Leibowitz, of the actress Anne Hathaway, for a Gap (Red) advertising campaign. I loved the soft flattering light and the pose – with the body turned to profile and face square to the camera. In my picture with Wilhelmina, we did some things in a similar fashion to the Annie Leibowitz photograph and some differently.

Compare the two images. How does each one strike you? I’d love to hear your thoughts and reactions. You can either post a comment on the blog or send me an email.

Below is a back and white version. of the same picture. It has a completely different feeling.

Thanks, Wilhelmina, for a wonderful shoot!

 

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

 

 

 

 

Business Headshots

Recently I’ve been doing a flurry of headshots for businesses, non-profits and sole proprietors. Pictured above is Kent Whitaker, Managing Partner of Regent Street Capital. For each of the members of this firm, I did two images, one a bit more serious and the other smiling. Then we produced color and black and white versions of each image. This is Kent’s “smiley” image.

We shot these images in Regent Street’s Greenwich, Connecticut offices. I brought a lot of gear – cameras, lenses, strobelights, lightstands, umbrellas, etc. But perhaps the most helpful gear was my laptop computer. The camera was “tethered” to the computer, so that Kent and the other members of his firm could see the images right away on a big screen. We shot 20 or more pictures of each person, and then chose together the two pictures to be edited.

Here’s the black and white version of this same image:

Another recent client is the law firm, Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara. We did headshots of 13 attorneys and a variety of other images that will be used for magazine advertising as well as for the firm’s website.

All of these headshots were in color. Again, we aimed for one smiling and one a bit more serious. Here are two pictures we took of Andrea (“Andie”) Fraleigh, an attorney in the Greenwich office. Both of the images Andie chose showed smiles – this one fairly subtle, the other, shown at the end of the post, a bit more of an open smile.

Many thanks to Andie and Kent for allowing me to post these images. It was a great pleasure and privilege to work with each of you, as well as your colleagues. One of the true joys of my profession is making new friends.

Is it time for new headshots for your business? I hope you’ll give me a call!

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