Wednesday, April 29, 2009

beauty photography

Here's a quickie from a new project. Beauty photography is one of my favorite things to do and look at. Kat came in for a casting call and was nice enough to stick around for some fun shots. More later, I'm off to scout locations for the next project!

special thanks to Brittini Pickering for the makeup and hair.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Annual Report and Industrial Photography

I recently spent a fun chunk of time with the very nice, although slightly bewildered, service people at Schomp BMW. Sadly I wasn't able to take the model from this shoot out for a night on the town and we confused more than one person as I paraded around the $98k 750li taking pictures of the floor.

The photo above is one of my favorite out-takes from a shoot last week for the company that makes the tile in all BMW service shops (and many other high tech and/or restaurant locations). Their tile is some of the strongest stuff out there. The images we created will be used in trade show displays and some of their literature.

Even though the photo isn't of a person, I must say that the thing I continue to love about being an annual report photographer and doing industrial photography is the people. I meet the nicest people at places like Schomp. It's always such a joy to have them happily work with my odd requests as I interrupt their day.

For those who care, the image you see was created almost entirely in camera. I took the liberty of removing a water spot from the floor and clearing up a few stray reflections.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Judging a book by it's cover

Here's an interesting listen from NPR. You've heard that you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but there's a distinct link between the author's photo and the sales of his/her book.

There are a lot of reasons to go to a specialist in photographing people for your headshot/business card/cd cover/dust jacket photo. I always like to think of your photoshoot like a job interview. When you interview for a job you prepare fully and in advance, choose your outfit carefully, and know that image and preparation are everything. I've always felt that a headshot without makeup is like a bank interview without a suit. Fortunately I've got a load of wonderful and talented associates to send you to.

Give the story above a listen and give me a ring when you need hair, makeup or photography for your next business portrait in Denver.

Pictured above: Asha Blake, L.A. TV's Green Reporter, presenter/speaker and an absolute joy to work with. Makeup by the amazing Isabel Vigil and art direction by Gerald Kelly

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Headshot Photographer

I often get calls from people looking for a headshot photographer in Denver because they need a quick and "easy" photograph. Often on a budget. I respect budgets, but sometimes you get what you pay for. An informal poll of my last several gigs reveals that almost 1/3 of my business headshots are remakes from something someone tried themselves or with a friend/spouse. A little planning can lead you to a happy experience where you walk in ready to roll and walk out before you know you've been there.

Here are a few tips to make your business portrait experience successful:

  • Wear clothes that make you feel good. Bring that tie or blouse that everyone says makes your eyes look amazing

  • Consider more than one wardrobe option. I'd love to show you completely different options from the same shoot. You never know what use you'll find for the photos.

  • Ask your publisher, editor, manager or whomever if they have a layout that you can bring with you. Knowing how your photo will be used helps us speed along.

  • It's a lazy photographer that won't photograph you in white, however, sometimes the way your photo prints influences your clothing. Tight patterns and all white can be a challenge in printing, particularly for newspaper applications.

  • If we're working outside the studio I'd love to help you set the schedule before you make reservations or book people. A little planning goes a long way toward effective use of your employees time.

  • Be happy, really! I've had clients challenge me to make a good photo of them because no one else could. We're on the same team, let's have some fun and let it show in the photos.

Need more info, or ideas? I've got a lot more to share with you. Give me a call at 303-562-5536 and we'll get you started.

Headshots and a bonus

I always enjoy doing headshots for actors, models and business people because I get to meet interesting people with all kinds of good stories. I also enjoy photographing headshots because it encourages me to play around. I often try to setup two or three scenes so we can get what you need and then do at least a small handful of play shots for a little variety without a lot of extra time. This week I got to photograph Brittany for her role in the Secret Garden and a handful of other auditions. Her agent mentioned that she was also a dancer and they'd like a fun shot or two to show that. Brittany was a lot of fun to work with and she made my toes hurt just watching her up on pointe.