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Thinking through Uses for Headshots

by Blake Robinson

June 28th, 2015    0 Comments     Add Comment

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What will you use your headshots for?

Wendy, pictured here, is an attorney and recently came into the studio for updated headshots. As with each client, I talked with her about the many possible uses for the headshots.  With Wendy, we made three different portraits and a couple of different versions of two of the pictures.

One of the places Wendy wanted to use a headshot was LinkedIn.  So, we took one of the pictures and made a version optimized for LinkedIn – a square shape with the specific pixel size that looks best on LinkedIn.  If you try to upload a picture to your LinkedIn profile that isn’t square, it will often get squished vertically – not a flattering look! Here’s the profile picture Wendy will submit to LinkedIn:

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Wendy writes articles for legal journals and needed a black and white version of one of the pictures. It’s best to have a good, crisp black and white portrait to submit, rather than trusting the publication will do a good black and white conversion of a color photograph. I’ve seen it happen too many times that a color image is submitted to a publication and the black and white version that appears in print is flat, almost milky. Here’s the black and white image Wendy will use for the journals:

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When you have your professional headshots done, think about all the possible uses for the images. This will may well prevent some heartache later on!

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”

 

3 Chateaux and a Cathredral

by Blake Robinson

June 12th, 2014    0 Comments     Add Comment

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On our recent trip to France, we saw a lot of – well – OLD buildings! Pictured above is Chateau d’Angers, home of the famous Apocalypse Tapestries. You can read about the Chateau here.

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Most of the days were overcast, but we did have a sunny day to see Chateau d’Usse, pictured above. This chateau is said to have inspired the Sleeping Beauty fable.  Read more about it here.

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This is Chenonceau, one of the most famous Loire Valley chateaux. Read about it here. Another view of the chateau appears below. Kings, mistresses, queens, lots a drama at this place.

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We also went to Chartres Cathedral, pictured below.  The most memorable story about Chartres for me is about World War II. As the Allies were advancing through France, they believed many Germans were holed up at the cathedral and were ready to shoot at them from the towers. There was an order to destroy the cathedral, but a Colonel Griffith ignored the order, went behind enemy lines and found out that, in fact, there were no Germans there. The cathedral was spared. Way to go, Colonel Griffith! You can read about Chartres Cathedral.

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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Channeling Martin Schoeller

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Martin Schoeller is a very famous portrait photographer with a unique and instantly recognizaable style.

At right is a portrait he took of Jack Nicholson, which is pretty representative. Schoeller is shootng up close to his subject and uses two vertical strip lights, one on each side of the camera. Notice the two catchlights in the eyes. The expressions tend to be serious or almost blank. The eyes are in very sharp focus but most of the rest of the head falls out of focus fairly quickly.

His subjects are almost always squared up to the camera. And the background lighting is always brightest close to the shoulders and less bright higher in the image.

Here’s another portrait Schoeller did, of Timothy Geitner, for the New York Times Magazine cover last weekend.

 

 

 

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I’m intrigued by Schoeller’s work. It certainly causes the viewer to look twice. And there is a strong connection between the subject and the viewer.

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You can see more of Schoeller’s work here.

I think the technique works better for men than for women. Cate Blanchett was likely game for this picture, as there are thousands of flattering images of her. But I’m not going to try this lighting technique on my female clients unless they ask for it!

This morning in the studio, I experimented with Schoeller’s style with a few selfies. I had some with the blank/serous look, but decided to edit one with at least a hint of a smile.

I’d love to know what you think.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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