It's been awhile since I've posted about headshots. It's not because I've been doing less of them, I think it's just that my wedding clients are more interested in seeing blog posts than my headshot clients are, so that keeps me fairly busy. Things have been changing a bit in the way I approach this stuff though, so it's overdue that I post a bit about it a bit here. When I started out my business, the main focus was actor headshots. I shot 100% outdoors with natural light. As things progressed and I began looking for both more consistency and the ability to not be derailed by weather, time of day and season, I started experimenting with finding a studio setup that fit my sensibility for what I wanted my headshots to look like. With the added help of studying under Peter Hurley, arguably the top headshot photographer in the world, I've honed my look and direction to where it is now. The huge benefit to how I shoot now is that in my studio we don't have the constant distractions that come along with shooting in the streets of NYC. We don't have to deal with wind messing up hair, constantly changing light, rain, you name it. This way all of my attention is focused on the client and directing them to a place that's comfortable and naturally expressive. That, after all, is the single most important thing that we want to accomplish during a session!
All of this isn't to say that I'll never shoot outdoor natural light shots any more, I still enjoy it and they can work great when you have the time for it and conditions are nice. Like here with my friend, actor Ryan Andes. He was most recently on Broadway in the production of Big Fish; you can't catch the show anymore, but look for him on the soon to be released cast album!