A Workshop: Do's and Don'ts of Headshot Photography
Jun 5, 2018 | By: Chrisinda Treadwell
A FUN Headshot Workshop in Albuquerque, NM.
It was a beautiful day in Albuquerque, NM and a great day to have a Head Shot Workshop! I never thought that I would say this but, "I am learning to love teaching." I have found that it gives me a platform to share, to encourage and to help other photographers raise the bar through education and mentoring. Yes, its a scary thing to get up in front of people and share your knowledge but, I am slowly facing fears and learning to be confident, but yet humble, in sharing what I have learned with others. I have a passion to give back in life. I enjoy helping others because I know of my own struggle to come up in this photography field. You gotta have people in your corner, people who want see you win and I hope anyone I have opportunity to teach or mentor can see that I am in their corner and I want to see them WIN!
The beautiful Irene was our model for the day. She was just supposed to be our morning session model, but ended up with us the whole day. What a trooper she was! A cosplayer at heart, Irene is such a professional model at such a young age. She was upbeat and never complained and really took direction well. I hope those of you in the Albuquerque, NM. area get the chance to work with her.
The morning of our workshop we started off with traditional professional Head Shot photography. We wanted to teach the students about a portable set up for client convenience and to be efficient in on location photography services. We can get very creative with Head Shots, but I believe its important to build a good foundation of technical lighting and posing first. Most don't take a professional headshot as of any importance, but in this age of online searches, your head shot is the first representation of who you are. We wanted to teach our students to gently urge their clients to take pride in who they ARE NOW, not what they looked like 20 years ago! Right, we all know of the person who has a head shot that looks NOTHING like they do now?! Or, even worse, a cell phone selfie in bad lighting, Yikes! Your clients seeing a current version of you online builds trust and confidence in the services you are offering.
After our morning session with the Traditional Head Shot set up, we went into the afternoon to work with the Eye Lighter! As you can see, the Eye Lighter produces a clam-shell style reflection with a single light. Irene rocked this session! She was such a great model to work with. She not only took direction very well, but she knew how to pose! I don't photograph many models because I have high expectations and Irene exceeded my expectations!
Studio Location Provided by Isaiah Orozco with "The Studio ABQ." 1751 Bellamah Ave. SW. Albuquerque New Mexico 87104 #2101
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