I am no stranger to shooting football stars, back in 2009 I photographed Jamie Carragher; but this year Football legend Robbie Savage was the subject of my latest photoshoot with Online Sports Retailer KitBag, who have made Robbie their First UK Brand Ambassador.
The shoot was very last minute and was a challenge to organise, but my team found a festive location, organised christmasy props and provided makeup and hair and post production. It was wonderful to meet Robbie Savage and I hope to work with him and Kitbag again soon.
Last week I was commissioned by Love the Salon in Cheltenham to shoot their entries for the Wella Trend Vision competition 2013. It was great working with their Talented styling team.
Throughout the afternoon we shot three distinctive looks, I wish Graham and the guys all the best for the competition and hope to work with them again soon!
Making any photograph look great is a task that is far more artistic than most people realize if they have never attempted serious photography. And within this, there are very few elements of photography more exact and artistic than headshots. Capturing the perfect headshot depends on a number of different factors that have to be precisely organized in advance. And of course, the perfect headshot can be nothing short of stunning, capturing all of a person’s best features in a single photo. With that in mind, here are a few specific tips for taking the perfect headshot.
Eyes Come First
When you’re arranging a headshot, you should always keep in mind that the eyes will end up being the primary focus of the photo. No matter how attractive or noticeable a person’s other features are, the eyes naturally draw the most attention in a headshot, which means you should focus on making them appear as clear and noticeable as possible. This can be done in a number of ways with regard to positioning and lighting. Additionally, if he or she typically wears glasses, consider persuading the subject of your photo to wear contact lenses so as to avoid glare and allow the eyes to show off a bit more.
Avoid Showing Blemishes
To some extent, facial blemishes can be disguised or hidden by the use of makeup and other strategic elements. Indeed, this is something you may want to discuss with the subject of your photo in advance. However, you can also do your part to hide facial blemishes by way of lighting and angles. Clearly, if your photo is taken from a profile or even partial profile standpoint, you will want to focus more on the clearer side of the face. Additionally, however, you may want to consider making use of diffused light, which can properly illuminate facial lines and angles without shining bright light on the entire face and showing blemishes.
Capture The Right Expression
Many people falsely believe that a photographer’s job is entirely about directing lighting and choosing the right lens. However, particularly when it comes to headshots, it is also your job to extract the proper expressions from your subject. Be sure to find out in advance what the purpose of the headshot is. For example, is it going to be used in some manner of professional profile or website? Is it going to be placed on an invitation or party program? Depending on the purpose of the headshot, you can determine what sort of expression and attitude is needed. It will then be your job to achieve this expression, not merely by asking the subject to smile, or keep a straight face, but by directing conversation in a way that naturally brings out the right look. This is perhaps the most important factor in a good headshot.
“Rory Lewis is one of the most sought after actors headshot photographers in the UK photographing actors headshots for several years. Based in Liverpool & Manchester.
Over the years Rory has developed his own unique style of working with actors ensuring their photographic headshot experience is an enjoyable; relaxed session to create the very best in actors headshots.”
Rory has created a package to include everything you need for one great price. Here’s a rundown of what you get:.
Pre-shoot consultation to ensure you get exactly what you need from your session.
One hour studio shoot, during which we’ll constantly review your shots as we go, to ensure that we’re getting the results you need.
Download of all the shots from the session for you to review.
My expert selection of shots to help you choose your images for post-production.
Four shots of your choice digitally processed to make them POP off the page.
Full retouching of your images to your complete satisfaction.
Your finished digital images, ready for print and web/email use, provided in both colour and in black & white.
Download of your all your unretouched and finished images so you can start using them right away.
If, when reviewing the images from the shoot, you can’t find any that you like, I promise to refund your payment in full.
After receiving your fully processed and retouched images, if there are any further adjustments you’d like me to make, I will gladly do so until you are absolutely delighted.
The Complete Headshots Package including everything listed above: £119.00 Optional Makeup Artist +£60
To book email me or call 07918 954 230
Today’s Manchester Portraiture/Art Nude Photography Course was a great success; the delegates enjoyed a practical intensive course on Studio Photography Lighting. With one-on-one tutorials from myself, working with Model Rebecca Amy and top Makeup Artist Nita Malata.
The session was divided into two; through the morning the delegates worked on Rembrandt, Split, Broad, Butterfly and Short Portraiture lighting. Then after lunch grasped Art Nude Photography Skills, Model Direction and Advanced Lighting Techniques.
All the delegates walked away with new skills and wonderful shots for their portfolios. If you would be interested in booking one of my Upcoming Photography Courses Click Here for the latest 2012 timetable.
It was just a few days ago that I learned Vidal Sassoon had passed away on the 9th May at his home in LA at the age of 84.
From an early age I have always been aware of Sassoon’s work as my mother visited a Sassoon Salon once a month for her geometrically perfect hair cut.
Sassoon was a legend of hair dressing and his ability to bring geometry to the technique of hair cutting and styling will live on. This man liberated women from hair curlers and sticky hair lacquer.
“I’ve had so many star-quality clients, but when a working girl comes in and she’s saved five shillings to have a great haircut once a month, I treat her like a princess.” Vidal Sassoon
I have worked with Sassoon Stylists for many years and know without a shadow of a doubt his legacy will live on. In tribute to Sassoon see below some of the work I have completed with Sassoon Styling Team’s over the years.
Due to the success of my Photography Courses over the past 3 years I have added FIVE NEW Workshops in Manchester for photographers keen to learn new skills, business advice and expand their portfolios with professional models and hands on practical tuition.
For more information or to book, email email@example.com or call 07918 954 230
One Day Boudoir Photography Workshop 22nd Septmber 2012 Course Cost £139 (Boudoir Photography is a very tasteful and elegant form of glamour photography, which is ever popular with today’s brides to be, learn practical skills in lighting and direction working with a professional model to hone your skills 6 Places Available)
One Day Fashion Nudes Workshop 30th September 2012 Course Cost £139 (Learn how to pose, light, direct and create amazing Fashion Nude Images 6 Places Available)
One Day/Shooting the Perfect Model Portfolio October 13th 2012 Course cost £99 (The first of my One Day Photography Business Workshop/Seminars, Learn the skills you need to shoot the perfect model portfolio, lighting direction, types of shots you need to capture, business and marketing advice 10 Places Available)
One Day Body Painting Workshop 27th October 2012 Course Cost £139 (Work with a professional body painting artist and model on various lighting setups, learning new techniques and expanding your portfolio with some amazing photography 6 Places Available)
For more information or to book, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07918 954 230
I’ve been working with Beauty Works Hair Extensions for sometime, and this week it was great to be shooting their spring campaign.
Model Charlotte Moore looks gorgeous and radiant in the images. Charlotte’s Makeup and Hair was styled by Nick Kershaw who created some flawless looks.
I’m sure the new hair extension products will be well received I’m looking forward to working with Beauty Works on future projects.
Today’s Manchester Portraiture Photography Course was a blast. The delegates worked with Myself, Nita Malata Makeup Artist and Model Zana O’connell on Split, Broad, Short, Rembrandt, and Butterfly Lighting. Learning high and low key photography techniques, model direction and posing, the delegates captured some wonderful new shots for their portfolios.
Today’s Manchester session was the last course of the year so please check out my 2012 Course Dates for next years sessions. I have an entire programme covering Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin.
With Photography Courses on Fashion, Beginners Photography, Art Nude, Portraiture, Lingerie, Glamour & Special Workshops on Body Painting Photography and Intermediate Art Nude Photography Lighting.