Some exciting news! Yesterday I decided to set up a little studio in my parents’ empty basement suite. It’s got white walls, three windows, and a door which brings in a lot of light. I can’t believe I didn’t think of this sooner—it’s pretty much the perfect set-up at no cost! Then, I invited my good friend Darren over and we practised shooting headshots! I didn’t have an assistant handy, but I managed to prop up my giant silver reflector against a spare tripod. And here’s the result!
As renowned headshot photographer Peter Hurley has explained in various videos on the web, most people are unsure of how to “be” in front of the camera, so the photographer needs to ease their clients into being comfortable. In other words, being a headshot photographer, according to Hurley, means it’s actually “90% therapist” and “10% photographer.” Very true! And not only that—it really is all about the jaw(line)!
I found it helpful to show Darren exactly what I wanted rather than just explain it to him, and, most importantly, to give positive reinforcement! Sometimes people don’t know they’re posing well and you’re taking a good picture until you show them, and then when you do—man, their face just lights UP! And then it’s smooth sailing from there on out.
That said, it was definitely as much of a learning experience for me as it was for Darren. And I had so much fun in the process! (Album coming soon!)