Choosing The Right Headshot for the Part

Leanne just landed a role in a new play and so she needed some new headshots for the lobby gallery at the theater.

Lobby gallery headshots aren’t “character” images such as those that might be used in promotion of the show, they are personality images that reflect the tone of the play. A comedic part in a play might call for a different headshot than a melodramatic/dark part. We still want to prepare the audience with a headshot that reflects a tone of the production they are about to see.

A big “cheesy grin” headshot for the actor who is portraying Javert in Les Misérables is a contradiction and will totally confuse the audience as they wait to enter the theater for an epic, depressing production.

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Now back to Leanne, as you can see, she has tons of personality in her headshots. And with just a small change in her hairstyle and a bit of tilt of her head she has a completely different look. Both are welcoming, feminine and friendly … it’s a comedy! Nailed it!

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What a pleasure it was for me to work with Leanne to create some great images for her latest production.

And when she gets the call for Les Misérables, we’ll rock some darker looks. I accept the challenge!

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Family Portrait Sessions Can Be Formal and Full of Love … if you’re willing to let them be

When I’m preparing to photograph a family’s portrait I ask them two things “where will the prints be hung?” and “what do you want the photo to say about your family?”.

The first question is easy to answer “It will be hung in our formal sitting room, over our vintage baby grand, illuminated by color corrected museum lighting”,  or “We’re going to hang it in the family room, right above the pool table beside our other photos of the family”.

The second question is even easier to answer “We want the photo to capture the love and respect that we have for each other … but I’m not sure that I can get the family to show it”

Well, that’s two very different scenarios and will result in two very different poses and backgrounds.   And both can be epic.  If I can get everyone to let their guard down.

Personality, the true family dynamic, the bond that comes from relying on each other through thick and thin, good grades and bad, good haircuts and bad is hard to capture early on in the session.

This image is my favorite from the session with this beautiful family. It’s classic, timeless and worthy of being passed down for generations.

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But it wasn’t until they all changed into black T-shirts toward the end of our session did I see them relax. They became so comfortable because they weren’t posing as much as they were a family just being family.

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Now, remember, I said that the more formal image was my favorite. I’m guessing that it will also be the family’s favorite. Because there are two kinds of “timeless”. Images that capture family as art and images that capture family as “family”.

Images for the formal areas that show how beautiful the family really is and images for the family to look at and remember how much their love for each other is.

Epic images, all of them.

 

Dan Busler is a full service Boston-based professional Portrait, Live Performance and Event photographer with studios located in the historic Hogie Bear Building – East Walpole MA 02032 By the Artist, for the Artist. 781-352-4863 http://www.danbuslerphotography.com

Regular Guys and Girls Need A Great Headshot – Your Big Break is Waiting

Think about it, every person that you see in every scene of every TV show or movie is an extra. Yep, a paid extra that someone chose to be in that scene, dressed the way that they are, looking exactly the way that they do.

They didn’t choose them because they looked like a fashion model or a beauty queen. They choose them because they looked the part.

You may look the part too, exactly the body build, hair color and smile that they’ve been looking for.

Spike, is a self-professed “regular guy”. So when a casting call recently went out for “regular guys” for an upcoming movie, Spike knew that he needed a headshot. Not a “new headshot” … his first headshot.
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I am so happy that he trusted me with helping him create that first headshot to present to the casting directors.
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Hey Spike, I’ll be seeing ya in the movies!

 

Dan Busler is a full service Boston-based professional Portrait, Live Performance and Event photographer with studios located in the historic Hogie Bear Building – East Walpole MA 02032 By the Artist, for the Artist. 781-352-4863 http://www.danbuslerphotography.com

When they ask ” Do You Have Anything Else?” You need to be prepared with ” Why yes, yes I do!”

“Great Headshot! Do you have anything else?”

If the answer is “No, I just have this one epic, incredible headshot … isn’t it enough?” No, it’s not.

Now while this question is more likely to be asked in the theatrical and modeling worlds, executives also need multiple headshots for the various ways their image might be used.

These various uses include: formal (annual report, national magazine interview, industry conference marking materials), less formal (internal company email image, industry-specific blog posting) and casual (internal company whiffle ball team picture, or charity event, hobby magazine article, golf tournament you are playing).

In all these cases, your picture must speak for you and introduce you to those you have never (but may) meet you.
The same picture cannot meet all your needs.

In the case of Mr. D., we photographed a number of looks and he chose a formal and a relaxed look.

One spoke well for his position as CEO, industry authority, subject matter expert. And the other image being more relaxed, spoke well for an event where he would be meeting with his peers or speaking at a local charity his company supported.

So, “do you have anything else?”

Don’t Hide Your Light Under a Bushel or Your Pictures in a Drawer

Since the beginning of photography … heck, since the beginning of visual art, the product that was produced was tangible. A cave drawing, a image drawn in the sand, a painting or a photograph.

And what did you do if you wanted another copy? You took a picture of it or had an artist create another one.

But digital photography changed all of that. Today we have gigabytes of pictures on our phones and terabytes of pictures on external hard drives in a safe or a desk drawer. And as a method of safe keeping for these precious memories it is an incredible bit of technology . It is now possible to share our pictures with millions of people, seconds after the event happens.

But is also possible that these precious memories will just remain in cyber space for ever. Like a Facebook or Twitter post to only be replaced by the next thing that comes along.

The walls of my home (and photography studio for that matter) are covered with photographic prints.  In wood, metal, acrylic, canvas and fine art papers. Some of the images are perfectly posed and others are just fun memories … snapshots.

And everyone of them is perfect. I can pass by them for a few days and barely notice them and then one day, an image will catch my eye and it just stops me in my tracks as I remember the day it was taken or the person it was taken of.

Photography is art and it belongs on your wall or desk. Albums of photographs make perfect gifts when placed open in an easel. Each day (or when we feel the need ) we turn the page in the album and have a whole new piece of art to display and help us remember and rejoice how much we have in our lives.

The people we love, the people we’ve lost and the people we see everyday .. our kid’s  concerts and sporting events, Grandma’s birthday party, the day you spent running and laughing together at the beach, the day you fell in love with that new baby of yours … along side those perfectly posed portraits make up the art gallery in our homes that will will last for generations.

But only if you make prints.

 

Dan Busler is a full service Boston-based professional photographer who specializes in Portrait, Live Performance and Events.  Studios located in the historic Hogie Bear Building – Walpole MA. By the Artist, for the Artist. 781-352-4863  www.danbuslerphotography.com