I broke out the studio gear recently to work with Kate, an actress who works with a number of the local theater ensembles, including The New Vintage Ensemble. She came to me needing some new headshots as she works to enhance her acting career, and I was thrilled to be able to help her out!
While I’m always happy to work with any portrait client, I’m always a little extra excited to work with theater folks, for the simple reason that they are almost always more comfortable in front of the camera. These are people who stand on stage in front of audiences of dozens or even hundreds and perform, so the camera doesn’t usually intimidate them much, once you give them a part to play.
Kate wanted two different looks, which she described as “friendly” and “dramatic.” I find that this is often one of the harder parts of a session, getting the client to identify exactly how they want to look. It’s easy to say something like, “I want to look happy,” but the reality is that looking happy when you’re not is actually really hard. Specific direction like “I want to look friendly and approachable” is much easier to accomplish, because being friendly is more than just smiling, it’s the sum total of body language and facial expression.
I picked both of the “friendly” shots to share here, simply because I love Kate’s smile. She’s a naturally happy, outgoing person, and that made it all the easier for me to create portraits where she looks like someone you’d want to meet. It was a wrap in under an hour, and a few days later Kate was all set with new portraits!
Break a leg, Kate – I’m sure I’ll see you on stage again soon!