bands and artists | head shots and portraits

Developing a photographic style

By on May 5, 2013

My commercial portrait work has a definite vibe. It’s typically well lit;  there a sense of emotion and I always want my subject to look beautiful. It’s a style I’ve fallen into over the years. When I first started out in photography I heard about the need to have a style, but didn’t know how to get one. Without knowing it, my style found me.  In most cases when I am shooting portraits I want emotion over everything else.  I want sexy and sultry yet still commercial.

Every once in a while I look at other photography and ask why cant mine look like that?  I’m drawn to moody,  uncontrived photos; very spur of the moment, filled with life or mystery. Sometimes I go out and deliberately try to shoot in a style that’s not my own. But there’s this force-field that pulls me back.  My experience, knowledge and what I know resonates with the people I have photographed pulls me back to my comfort zone – well-lit and pretty.

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Architecture and Design | head shots and portraits

Environmental Portraits for Creative Professionals

By on August 7, 2012
Tina - K. Marie Design - environmental portrait
Tina – K. Marie Design – environmental portrait

I am a firm believer that professionals should have a good head shot. For executive professionals the image is usually used for speaking engagements, annual reports, websites and newsletters. Most executives come to me because they need  a head shot. I think it is even more important for service-oriented professionals to have a great head shot.  Creative professionals tend to come to me because they want  a head shot. That was the case with Tina. She wanted a head shot for her new website and marketing materials.

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Family, Kids, Maternity and Weddings | head shots and portraits | Photography business

It costs how much?

By on November 2, 2011

A few years ago most commercial photographers wouldn’t stoop to shooting weddings and family portraits. It was beneath them. Some of the photographers that did, went to great lengths to hide their wedding and family work from their commercial clients. Although I separate my commercial and family work on different websites I’ve never been shy about either. I love working as a photographer. Period. I love shooting both and I’m proud of the work I do in both areas.

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Photography business

Academy Award Nominee….

By on February 28, 2011

I get the pleasure of of meeting and working with a lot of talented people. Since I started giving photography a shot (professionally) in 2004 I’ve worked with hundreds makeup artists, stylists, models, musicians, chefs, designers, architects; business owners, and of course actors. Witnessing the growth and success of these people is an incredible experience.

Last night, while watching Jeff Bridges introduce the nominees for the actress in a leading roll, I was blown away when he introduced Jennifer Lawrence for her performance in Winter’s Bone. I met and worked with Jennifer in 2006. At the time, she was all of 15 years old. With the help of Valerie Noble on hair and makeup, and wardrobe help from Elmer Ave we made some amazing images that still stand today. Congratulations Jennifer.

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Simple Beauty Photography

By on June 1, 2010

A few weeks ago I had a photo shoot with Amber. She’s an actor/model visiting Los Angeles from Miami.  My goal with the photo shoot was to get simple relaxed portraits with a touch of beauty and emotion. I enlisted the help from Tiffany Toth to help with makeup. Amber took care of her own hair.

I didn’t want the wardrobe or lighting to overshadow Amber so we opted for simple wardrobe and mostly natural light with a hint of strobe for fill. I think these photos go to show that simple can be also beautiful.

Amber Coyle - T-shirt and Jeans
Amber Coyle – T-shirt and Jeans

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head shots and portraits

Sometimes jobs are both fun and weird

By on April 28, 2010

A few weeks ago I got a call from David Skinner, a friend a production designer. (David’s Reel) He was working on yet another Bing TV commercial and wanted to create and old masters type portrait to use as set decoration for the commercial. His first thought was to spend some money comping a portrait of the general into a stock photo purchased from Getty Images.  Although my estimate was more than the cost of a (good) stock photo we both agreed that it was worth spending the extra money having me try to match the concept so that we would have total control.

In a matter of days I was setting up in the production office for an impromptu shoot that coincided with the wardrobe fitting. On the way to the shoot he called and informed me that instead of a single portrait of the “General”, we’d be shooting the general and his trophy wife. The benefit of having the shoot at the production company is that we would be close to both the director and agency to get approval. There’s nothing like having the director and the ad agency art directors around to help out during a photo shoot. In the end we got so many great shots it was hard to pic just one.

The general and his trophy wife - shot for Bing "Telenovela" TV commercial
The general and his trophy wife – shot for Bing “Telenovela” TV commercial

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