Posts Tagged ‘models and actors


our perceptions of people in pictures

Today I’m posting three more images from my recent fashion shoot with Nicole. If you missed the post from June 15th, you can see it at Beauty Lighting.  If you go back and forth between the beauty shots and these images, the look is very different – not just because Nicky’s hair is pulled back in the beauty images. The lighting makes a huge difference in how we perceive a portrait image, as do many other aspects of the picture. I believe there’s lots of subconscious stuff going on as we view photographs.  The colors, the pose and expression, the closeness to the subject and our own experiences and memory of people we’ve seen in real life, movies, etc. all impact how we respond to an image.

Here’s an experiment. Choose one of the images in this post. Spend some time looking at it. Try to imagine what the subject – Nicole – is like. What is her personality? How does her voice sound?  How old is she? What are her interests? What are her dreams? I’m guessing you can conjure up a pretty full and detailed description of Nicole in your imagination. Now look at one of the images from the June 15th post. Does your perception of Nicole from the beauty image differ from how you imagine her after looking at the first photograph? How does it differ?

Let me know how this experiment turns out for you!


beauty lighting

Faithful readers may recall some beauty shots similar to these in posts going back a few months ago. The images here are from a shoot with Nicole, a lovely aspiring model. Nicky’s facial structure is perfect for this lighting – sometimes called the Oil of Olay look. There’s a softbox behind her, with her head right up against the softbox. Over the camera, aimed down at about 45 degrees, is another light in a “beauty dish” – so-called because of the flattering look it provides. We also had a reflector just under the frame, to bounce some light back into the face. 

I often try to put hands in portraits to add some interest. Does this work here in your view?

Another image from the shoot, in black and white, without the hand. As always, your comments and questions are appreciated! Thanks to Nicole for a wonderful shoot!


model shoot in Santa Fe – part two

Just posting a few more images from my shoot with a young model in Santa Fe this week. If you missed the first post, check it out here.


model shoot in Santa Fe


This week, I’ve been in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for a photography workshop. Before the workshop started, I had a model shoot with a teenager, who came to Santa Fe with her mom for the afternoon.

This young lady is rushing to finish high school a year early, trying to get started in modeling, and is heading towards college and a career in medicine. Whew!

Most of these shots were taken in the main plaza in Santa Fe. It was a very windy day, with harsh sun, so we were trying to stay in the shade and out of the wind. The shoot made me appreciate how fortunate I am to have a studio to work in, where I can control the light and the weather. But this was a fun shoot and I always enjoy figuring out the technical challenges of shooting outside.

We’ll post in a few days more images from Santa Fe and the surrounding area. As always, thanks for tuning in!


headshots (and more!) for an actor

Does Green on Green work?  It does for me~!

This week I photographed Alisson,  a lovely and experienced actor.  Alisson needed headshots for her acting career and we made a number of fashion images as well. We were joined by Maria Dominici, makeup artist, and Sam, an 8th grader and my fabulous photo assistant for the day.

Normally, actors do not use beauty images for their headshots.  But Alisson really connected with these photographs and will likely use one for her main headshot.  This image certainly would show a casting director what she looks like. And I’m hoping it will lead to lots of gigs for her.

Headshots for models and actors by New York photographers are expensive. More and more, people are coming out to Connecticut to shoot with me – the $20 train fare is covered many times over by the cost savings.  My goal is to make images that are unique, full of energy, creative  and revealing  about the character of the subject.

Faithful readers will recall I often try to put hands into a portrait. Hands can add interest and be very expressive.  Does the hand work for you in this photograph?

You can see more images of my shoot with Alisson on my website, here.  As always, your comments and questions are welcome. Thanks for following my blog!


beauty headshots plus one fashion image

Today, I’m posting a few images from a recent shoot with a model and friend, Evie, or more formally, Genevieve.  The shoot was mostly about practicing different lighting styles – some worked and some didn’t. We’re showing some that, to my mind, worked well. In the first photograph,  we wanted to show a continuum of light, from the bright light on one side of her face wrapping around to the other side that is in deep shadow.

In the image above, the main light is hitting the back of Evie’s hair and her face is partly in shadow.  We were going for a candid, intimate and unposed look.

In this image, we’re using fairly traditional beauty lighting. I love the spontaneous smile.  We spent most of the shoot doing headshots, but we did a few fashion looks at the end, including the one below. Evie is a natural and classic beauty, with gorgeous eyes. I look forward to shooting her again. As always, your comments and questions are welcome!


High Key fashion lighting

A popular style of lighting in fashion magazines the last few years has been to use a very bright, harsh light, for a dramatic effect.  I’ve been experimenting with this style.  Amanda is the model for these images. There are headshots of her, with more traditional lighting styles, here.

In these images I used just one light, in a small reflector, with a silk cover to diffuse the light slightly.  The light had to be carefully aimed in each shot, and it was important for Amanda to keep her face turned slightly towards the light, so as not to have her face in a dark shadow. Overall, there’s not much room for error when shooting with this setup. And shooting a white dress on a white background presented its own challenges.

Many of the images converted nicely to black and white. In a black and white image, you usually want to punch up the contrast when converting from a color picture, but we had plenty of contrast in these to begin with.  The shadows add interest and echo to some degree the film noir style of the 1940’s and 1950’s.

Do these images appeal to you? I’d love to hear what you think!