I have been taking photographs of people for a long time. I've shot rock stars and homeless people, and everyone in between.
I'm now launching a focused and purposeful creative portraiture service....a different way of taking photographs of people. This idea stemmed from the way I have been shooting musicians over the past year or so. I listen to their music and research them, then by the time we would meet, I would already have tons of ideas on everything from album cover design to image and publicity. From there we would spend a lot of time hanging out and talking. And then we would do multiple sessions to capture different looks and locations. It turned out to be a really great process for them and for me. There was a narrative within the sessions that created stories within the photographs.
Up until recently, I have avoided shooting actors and other creatives because I didn't feel the heart in taking "headshots". Don't get me wrong, I love actors - having been one and working with many others behind the camera as a stills photographer and director. I just didn't like the way "headshots" are done. The process in itself is lacking in creativity and story. And I had no interest in that. When I'm taking photographs of people I'm drawn to their character and humanity. And I have no way to get to that place by giving a person I barely know a couple of hours in front of my camera.
Finally, a light bulb came on! I realized I could use the way I shoot musicians as a jumping off point to create a new way to work with actors and other creatives who need photographs to represent themselves. And it works...not only for the person I'm shooting but for me as well!
Here are the results from my latest shoot with actor Timothy French:
I'm very excited about my new way of shooting actors and other creatives, and am now making it available to everyone, including musicians. If you are interested and looking for new pictures, there's more information on my process and more photographs please click through to:
I look forward to shooting you!