Hamlet Holiday Photo and Headshots



BRENT PENNINGTON Promotional holiday group portraits of the cast members of the New Vintage Ensemble's production of "Hamlet," to open January 2016.

The New Vintage Ensemble’s winter production of “Hamlet” is fast approaching, and it’s been announced that they will be holding it at the amazing Scranton Cultural Center.  But amid an increasingly hectic rehearsal schedule, the cast took a few minutes out for another photoshoot with me.

We began our session with a group photo, which is a combination of promotional cast shot and a holiday greeting.  Conor is back in the center chair in his role as Hamlet, with the rest of the cast around him. I’m not sure if the “hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil” concept at top was planned from the start, or if it was a spur-of-the-moment idea, but either way I absolutely love it!  “Hamlet” is a pretty serious story and there’s plenty of evil to go around, so the juxtaposition of the cast’s seeming innocence versus Conor’s nonchalance in the middle of it all is just amazing.

BRENT PENNINGTON Headshots of the cast members of the New Vintage Ensemble's production of "Hamlet," to open January 2016.

BRENT PENNINGTON Headshots of the cast members of the New Vintage Ensemble's production of "Hamlet," to open January 2016.

After the group photos, the cast began their nightly briefing session and I changed my setup for some headshots.  Everyone cycled through in the span of about fifteen minutes – I made the headshots short and painless, and am very pleased with how they came out:

As with the first batch of promotional photography, we knew starting out that everything would be processed in black & white.  It’s vital to know this ahead of time, so you can focus on tonalities instead of colors.  You’d never know that the backdrop wall in the headshots is actually a lovely blue that translated very well as a neutral gray.

BRENT PENNINGTON Headshots of the cast members of the New Vintage Ensemble's production of "Hamlet," to open January 2016.

The next time I see this cast, they’ll be on stage.  After almost three months of rehearsals, I can’t wait to see what they’ve come up with.  Break a leg guys!

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