Every now and then, like I was able to here, I get to show you all my ‘real’ work. That is, proper shoots, that are organised and paid for, rather than me dicking around with my camera knocking coconuts out of trees like I did last week.
Well, I am pleased to say, today’s post is one of those (no, not me dicking about).
While we were at home on holiday, my boss Gary called me and asked if I could do a shoot that he had organised. Now, most people who are called in on their holiday may be a little annoyed, but when it means going out in the autumn colours with my beloved D800, some pocket wizards and two flash assistants…well, it’s hardly a problem.
Oh – and it turns out Scarlett is absolutely stunning. Which always helps too.
Scarlett is currently applying to various universities and colleges to embark on her career in the drama world. It seems like a lifetime ago that I too was doing the same thing, and as such I knew exactly what she was after, the holy grail for any budding actor: good head shots.
Now, a less experienced photographer may think that head shots are easy. A less experienced photographer is very, very wrong. I have sat with a lot of my good actor pals for hours whilst they deliberate over which of the fifty shots they have been given is ‘the best’. As an actor, you are taught to be critical…and most of them are even better at being critical of themselves (seriously, it can get down right depressing). So your job as the photog is to make sure you get everything right. Flattering, soft light and eye contact with the model are the most important things. Scarlett’s picture is about to hit a few dozen desks, and it may be the difference between her application being read or just dropped in the bin. I (hope) you will all agree, Scarlett’s head shot is definitely going to grab the attention of her future teachers.
Once we had got this one in the bag…well, we had some fun 🙂
We were shooting in Leatherhead and started off in the local church.
And after that we headed over the road to a stream/rivery thing. I was really lucky to have both Sian and Gary assisting with the flashes, which meant that we could bathe Scarlett in scrummy soft light through a 36″ umbrella, and hit her with a much harder bare bulb speedlight from behind. This helps separate her from the background, and highlight her beautiful deep-red hair.
Scarlett was great fun and when I suggested she shuffle out on this branch, precariously overhanging the rivery thing, she was more than happy to brave it.
And as light was fading, and to prove how much fun we are all when we are shooting, I share with you the final shot of the day.
Thanks for the gig Gary – was a blast as always, and good luck with the upcoming auditions and interviews Scarlett – you will walk them all 🙂