Had the chance to work with Kelly over the past month, getting him some headshots for his acting career. Kelly is in middle school, and yeah, he has an acting career. Right now, he’s playing Mark in Rent. I am not the theater type and even I know that’s a big deal. Really cool stuff.
We shot a couple of different looks, trying some studio sets first and deciding they weren’t right for him, so we ventured outside and did a re-shoot at a local church. Surprising choice of locations? Not really – the church had all sorts of great, shaded areas, filled with different colors and textures, and we were able to make several different setups all within a few steps of each other.
As a photographer, it’s always great to work with someone who is used to being the center of attention. Kelly is used to people watching him, so being on front of the camera wasn’t as nerve-racking for him. He played it cool and we got some great shots.
His favorite photo is at the printer’s right now. He needed 8x10s on heavier paper stock, which is something that the photo labs I use don’t offer. (Not sure why…) But we were able to find a local print shop that was able to handle it, and in another day or two I’ll be able to pickup the finished prints and deliver them. Which is always a great moment, seeing the full circle of a gig, from shooting to prints!
Here’s one last photo. Although we were shooting headshots, I grabbed a full-length portrait at one point, just because he looked good. It didn’t make the final cut for printing, but I still like it.