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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 a Painting

IMG_2047blogsizeI I look at the pictures of a lot of photographers – past and present – for inspiration and ideas for my own work. But I also look at paintings. This one really grabbed me.

The painting is by Mary Morant, a local artist whose work I’ve admired for a long time. I saw the painting in an art show here in Darien. It’s called “Kate” and it’s a fairly large piece – 24 inches by 30 inches. There was a lot of good art in the show, but I kept coming back to this wonderful painting. Here’s what I like about it:

1) The composition is very simple and therefore very powerful. There’s nothing extraneous in the frame.

2)  The light is gorgeous – and it feels very real and true. I love the way the light catches just the edge of the girl’s face, the play of light and shadow on her back, and the way the light catches a few stray hairs. The light is strong enough that it “blows out”  (in photography terms) what is printed on the booklet she is holding. This is just the way our eyes would work in this scene if we were looking over the girl’s shoulder. Painting (or photographing) in such a harsh light, where the sun is high in the sky, is very difficult. Mary nailed it. Even the earring is lit perfectly.

3) The background. The tones and color of the green (grass?) is a perfect complement to the tones and colors of the girl. There’s a “narrow depth of field” as we would say in photography, so the background is out of focus. Again, this is how a viewer might perceive this scene, putting the emphasis on our main subject.

4) The mystery. Where is this young lady? What is she reading? What does she look like head on? (If only Kate would turn her head slightly so we could see her face!) What is she thinking? The beauty of Mary’s painting is that our imaginations are given free reign to run wild. Here’s what I came up with – the girl is at her high school graduation, which is being held outside, and she’s following the program as the ceremony progresses. Perhaps she is looking for the place where she will be called up to receive her diploma. She’s reflecting back on her school experiences and also wondering about what the future holds for her.

Studying and thinking about Mary’s painting – and other works of art –  informs my own photography, in both conscious and unconscious ways.

Brava, Mary Morant! You can see more Mary’s work at her website.

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”

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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