I love actors. I love characters. I love the possibility of change and development. Connecting with an actor behind and in front of the camera is great fun. They’re professional, they’re learning. They are constantly curious about what motivates people to act in a certain way. I love that actors can be so vulnerable and are able to meet any criteria to get the result that they are looking for. When I photograph an actor for their headshot, they are looking for an image of themselves that is open to possibilities. A blank slate. A moldable character.
I really want to get my portrait taken, but I need to lose some weight. Ugh, my roots! I’ll do it in the Summer when I have some color. When my face clears up. I need to go clothes shopping. After I get my hair cut. My stylist is sick. Oh, the excuses. If you keep putting it off, you’ll have retired! Yes, you need to have clothes that fit you comfortably. Yes, you should look well groomed. But, that’s about it. Let me take care of the rest. I will email you a PDF to help you with last minute things and then you are good to go. Your social… Keep Reading
The other day I was sitting with a friend and she was showing me her Tinder choices. We flipped through dozens of men. Shirtless men, men who were fashioned after Anthony Weiner. Men taking selfies in bathroom mirrors and what’s the deal with that? Men on motorcycles, men holding fish. There were very few pictures of men who actually looked serious about the prospect of meeting women. What are men looking for with the pictures that they’ve chosen to represent themselves? I’m thinking that there must be a great marketing opportunity for me, here! I think that if you made an investment in some really great photography, you might get to… Keep Reading
So, the greatest thing about shooting senior portraits is getting to know the kids. Sure, they’re on their best behavior, sometimes their mom is with them, but you can really get a sense of the kid through their mannerisms. You can tell the confident kids, the introverted kids, the show-off kids. The ones that are the most shy are perhaps the most confident and the show-off kids might just be the most nervous. This kid was confident and beautiful and a delight. I love working with kids that really know what they want. I love working as a team to really make them happy and it’s always a successful shoot when… Keep Reading
Wow! What an honor! Joyce, a woman I photographed who was receiving the Women Who Mean Business 2015 Award, called me and asked me to photograph her for her graduation from the Washington University School of Business. It meant driving to St. Louis and photographing her on campus. I was all in. It also gave me a chance to hang out with fellow photographer David Stradal. We went to college together at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. We laughed a lot. On that crisp Sunday morning, I met Joyce on campus she looked stunning. It was a perfect day and we made the most of it. I photographed… Keep Reading
It’s funny! When I get a cold call for a corporate portrait or an update for social media, I have in mind what that person looks like from their texts, email or phone calls. I am ALWAYS wrong. Always! I get hip, smart and good looking people all of the time. I’ve never had a portrait that I’m not happy with. The thing that’s really cool? There is no conventional look anymore. My corporate portrait is not someone who comes in with that “corporate look” anymore expecting the school picture. Sure, we might start out that way, but it’s a process and we make changes from wardrobe to backdrop to lighting until… Keep Reading
I loved this shoot! I say that about all of my shoots, but I really mean it. I think that it’s a process, the way that the magic happens. Before a shoot I usually feel a bit of anxiety or nervousness. I remind myself that this is normal and that if I didn’t have these feelings, I wouldn’t be in love with what I do. I also remind myself to be myself. My mantra is: Just do your thing. It never fails me. I am most successful when I am able to just do my thing. Now, there are certainly contributing factors. Light, location, subject. I usually tell my clients… Keep Reading
I loved this shoot. I loved it because the woman who hired me knew what she wanted. Joyce was being presented an award at a luncheon for Women Who Mean Business 2015. I am always so gratified when I meet people in the Kansas City Metro area who are as talented as Joyce is. Kansas City is really having a renaissance. I feel like the city is growing and attracting people worldwide who can bring their individuality and gifts to our thriving city. The strength of women like Joyce make living in Kansas City a joy. The ability to work with people in the arts, business and city communities is amazing and… Keep Reading