With all of the weddings I do and post about, it may come as a surprise to know that I love shooting headshot and portrait photography. I recently had the opportunity to photograph a stunning model and actress, Erica Snow, for a headshot session in my studio. As you can see below, she is a natural in front of the camera, which made the shoot all the more enjoyable.
Some of you have likely talked to me about The 99 Faces Project, or maybe you’ve read about it on my website as I am one of three photographers participating in the project.
Started by Lynda Cutrell, the project seeks to change the way we see mental illness in this country by photographing 33 people on the schizophrenia spectrum, 33 people on the bipolar spectrum, and 33 of the people who love them. As Lynda writes on the website, “A key to living well with any disability, is not to be burdened with fear of stigma, but rather to have both loving acceptance and inspiring role models.”
Participating in The 99 Faces Project has been fun and enlightening, and I’m so happy to be able to share with you that it has been approved for an exhibit at the Museum of Science in Boston, expected opening is Memorial Day Weekend 2017. The exhibit will invite you and others to come and look at the faces for yourself and see the beauty in each individual. As soon as we have the exact dates, we’ll be sure to let you all know.
It has been such a pleasure working with Jennifer from Makeup Eden and Brandon from Salon Sage on this. We have had people from all walks of life be photographed and help with the project–it’s been truly amazing.
Candace needed a publicity portrait for her company. I gave her a consultation over the phone and made an appointment for a photography session. She listen to my recommendations and I believe that her portrait came out beautifully! She had her make-up done here in Salem at Rouge Cosmetics now known as Rouge Salem. Thanks Tracy! Her hair was blow out by her hair dresser. Her engaging personality comes through.
I\’ve taken many types of photographs over the years. But one of my favorites marks an engagement. An engagement session provides a focal point and a keepsake for a save-the-date card, sent to guests ahead of time. It\’s featured in a couple\’s wedding website, where everyone keeps in touch as the ceremony approaches. And it accompanies a formal engagement announcement in a magazine or newspaper.
Liz and Mike decided to have their outdoor engagement pictures taken at Winter Island Park, overlooking the harbor in Salem, Massachusetts. On a late October afternoon, the light was golden, the autumn leaves red, orange and yellow, and the sea blue.
Just perfect complementary colors for a variety of settings. I incorporated textures and shapes in the composition: their sweaters, the foliage, rock outcroppings, and the coastline. Liz and Mike faced each other on a path.
I used both black and white and color settings and a special backlighting that created a thin halo around their figures. Their faces glowed with love. Its symbolic of the new journey they are on together.
Next, they sat down on a boulder. Then I saw two ships sailing into the background one. One of the ships was the famous Schooner FAME of Salem.
I waited until they had moved closer so both could be seen over Liz and Mike\’s shoulders. We enjoyed the session so much that we ended up in gales of laughter.
Clothing is an important part of your publicity portrait. Choose clothing carefully and discuss the colors and style with us ahead of time. We will coordinate them with the choice of background. You\’ll want to choose clothing that enhances your image but does not take the attention away from where you want itâ€”your face.
*Color. Choose colors that enhance your eyes and facial tones. In general, avoid colors that closely match your skin tones. Subdued colors will be appropriate for most business portraits while brighter or trendier colors may be perfect for creative\’s.
*Style. Wear long sleeves and select a flattering neckline. Your neckline should enhance your face shape. Avoid horizontal lines in both the cut and pattern of the fabric, which can add width to your figure. Texture can add interest.
*Character. Consider the norms of your profession and the personality you want to convey to the viewer. Would you like to appear authoritative or managerial? Conservative styling and understated tones would be appropriate. If you\’re in a profession that would benefit from a friendly and approachable image, you might consider softer fabrics and a less buttoned-down look. Lively bright colors may work well for someone in the arts or human services profession.
There are many ways in which clothing can enhance your portrait – take some time to plan ahead and do consult with us. It may be a good idea to bring your attire with you on a hanger so that it will be fresh and pressed for the session.
“Wear something that you feel great in..it will be reflected in you and your expression”.. Quote from Lucille Grant, Image Concepts and Image stylist for Doncaster, clothing for Women of Distinction..www.doncaster.com/lgrant