Headshots, Headshots, and more Headshots!!!

August was a crazy month for me and it was all about headshots! As I'm sure you can tell by the title of this post, between my time at the Art Institute of Charlotte and my internship at Sporting News, headshots seemed to be all I was doing. Now don't get me wrong I am no expert on headshots but, I understand that much like the portrait, I need to make sure my client's personality shines through. That statement may not always fit depending on what the headshot is for but, I would definitely say it is a general rule.

On the technical side of things, I used a 2 and half light set up for all of these shots. The half being my reflector to add some fill under the chin.

The Setup...

Main Light: 50" Mega JS Apollo square softbox (bit.ly/1lwYl2H) on a PROMASTER®  PL400 Advanced LCD Control Studio Monolight - 400ws #9469.  (bit.ly/1uuliU7)

Hair light: I used a brolly softbox umbrella that I bought from Biggs Camera here in Charlotte, with a Britek PS-200B Battery Powered Strobe Light from Amazon. (http://amzn.to/1x6WCXf)

Reflector under everyone's chin to fill in some of the shadows.

Backgound: Pop up white/black backdrop for quick set up on a background stand with clamps. (http://amzn.to/1w3jvqc)

So that's that! Check out some of the shots below and don't be afraid to comment or offer suggestions to help me grow!

- Peace.

 

Toys for Tots

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About a week ago, a fellow member from the Charlotte Photography Group reached out and asked if any one could assist in photographing an annual motorcycle ride on Dec 1st. The event was held by the Concerned Biker's Association and the Marine Corps Reserve in support of Toys for Tots. So of course the Marine in me had to represent after all the years of being volun-told to participate. Don't get me wrong though, I love mandatory fun time just as much as the next guy but, it only seemed right that I help out this time on my own terms.

Young Lance Corporal Evans picking up donations at a bank.

Young Lance Corporal Evans picking up donations at a bank.

"The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future."

 

There was a huge amount of support from bikers all  across the state it seemed. Each biker brought one unopened toy in order to participate in the ride. At the end of the day it took a 7-ton troop transport vehicle and a u-hual to carry all of the toys away!

Thank you Charlotte for the awesome turnout!!!!

I decided to go with a slightly desaturated HDR style in post production to capture my vision of the strength and grunge style in the biker community.

Enjoy :-)