What Makes a Great Headshot? A Trip to NBC for Starters.

What Makes a Great Headshot? A Trip to NBC for Starters.

Get ready for a bunch of cool people I met at NBC. A great headshot should be equal parts technical and emotional. Without either aspect you have a lackluster image. A headshot needs to have a particular vibe to it and has to convey warmth and personality.

Coming fresh off the heels of “Back to the Future Day” is a blog post about the company that released that very same trilogy! While the photos did not include a DeLorean or Marty interrupting the Enchantment Under The Sea Dance with a guitar solo, they do include very photogenic and enthusiastic individuals. I suppose working for the biggest media company in the world gives people confidence in front of a camera.

My assistant and I arrived to their complex and set up shop in a conference room. We gave ourselves plenty of time to position gear that worked within the space and rattled off some test shots. Test shots cannot be understated. The last thing you want to do is stand there adjusting equipment in front of the client. Sometimes it needs to happen, but 99% of the time you should be ready to rock out of the gate.

Camera: Canon 6D
Lighting: 2 Einstein 640 strobes with PLM modifers and 2 Yongnuo 560 IV speedlites w/ reflector placed on table.

NBC Headshots

NBC Headshots

NBC Headshots

NBC Headshots

NBC Headshots

NBC Headshots

 

Fashion Shoot with Ferret Campos Designs

Finally had the opportunity to photograph clothing designs for Ferret Campos Designs. Our nutty schedules aligned while I was in Manhattan doing work with Capezio. I am always trying to maximize my time in Manhattan. Our models for this shoot were Olya Smith and Josephine Webb. Both were extraordinarily easy to work with. They have modeling down, man! The South Street Seaport provided us with an interesting backdrop.

I mainly shot with the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 on my Canon 6D body. Threw a grid on a speedlite here and there and knocked it out of the park.

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The Grunge Look In Asbury Park

Asbury Park. Dirty, unclean, unsafe, bombed-out Asbury Park. Things are changing from those descriptions to things like fun, delicious, historical, lovely, etc. Luckily the town survived long enough to experience a renaissance. My goal for this shoot was to embrace the grunge side of Asbury Park that is quickly fading from the landscape.  They have been cleaning up Asbury for years now so it’s getting harder to find bombed-out parts of town to shoot in.

I threw a few challenges at myself for this one. The weather was sketchy first of all. Secondly, I didn’t bring an assistant. Third, I was shooting three people (two of which I haven’t photographed before.) I like to do these sorts of things to myself to generate new ideas and finding faster ways of working by myself.  You don’t always have an assistant.

I limited myself to the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens and the Canon 70-200mm f/4.0 for this shoot. I love the 50mm for just about everything, including portraits. It can be trusted to remain razor sharp wide open. Most of this shoot was all 50mm. So much can be done with this lens that it makes my head spin. For those shooting on a 6D, or any camera with a shutter slower than 1/4000 of a second I would highly recommend purchasing a neutral density filter.

Models: Andrea Lisa, Crystal Cruz and Johnny Vega

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Rima’s Maternity Session at Home

Rima’s Maternity Session at Home

I like nice people. Photographing nice people and hanging out with them is one of the incredible benefits of photography. If you’re nice, you’re already more than halfway to a successful photo session. If you’re nice AND have an adorable dog it’s pretty much a guaranteed success. Rima invited me to her growing family’s home to do a maternity session. Their sense of interior design contributed to warm and cozy images. It’s fun to imagine their child looking back in a few years and seeing what life was like just before they arrived.

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Rima Mattar maternity session

Lifestyle Session at The Jersey Shore

Lifestyle Session at The Jersey Shore

If one lesson was learned during this shoot, it’s that the rain clouds had our number. Each time I set up for a shot involving more than one light…RAIN! You have to know we kept trying though and came away with some great running shots. We photographed around Spring Lake, New Jersey swapping outfits and getting excellent lifestyle shots for Andrea’s agent.

Model: Andrea Hoch

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Lifestyle photos with Andrea Hoch in Spring Lake, NJ