Who says head shots have to be boring? I say they can be anything you want them to be. Pop of color here, textural element there, add in a fun twirl in a flouncy dress - make them your own! That is exactly what Sara and I did this past Wednesday at our 7:00 AM photoshoot at the lovely Franklin Square in Syracuse, NY.
Waking up at the crack of dawn, gathering all of my equipment, slinging it into the trunk of my car, and popping the visor down to avoid the blaring sunrise, I was ready to make Sara’s vision for her upcoming audition a reality. The morning birds were singing, our shoot location was perfectly quiet and serene, and a nice golden stream of light was beginning to peak over the trees. Almost as soon as Sara introduced herself, she was making arrangements for coffee. Face it, we all need the added bonus of caffeine in the morning to make us feel at the absolute top of our game!
We quickly jumped into our photoshoot with a variety of fun poses in different environments. Stone pillars, steps near a patch of black-eyed susans, and a quick stroll (as well as spin) on the brick sidewalk soon had everyone laughing and enjoying the moment. One of the most rewarding parts of photographing my subject is when I can see the sparkle of true happiness in their eyes. This happened so many times during Sara’s session! Her inward beauty shined through and enhanced her outward beauty even more!
Best of luck on your audition, Sara! You helped make this day an extremely pleasant experience, and I couldn’t have asked for a better attitude or cooperation from a photo client. At the risk of sounding cliche, break a leg!
Special thanks as well to my assistant:
Mary Grace, thank you from the bottom of my heart for waking up at such an ungodly hour, acting as a human pack mule for all of my gear, and following along with my rapid lighting decisions without question!