this young man had just relocated to washington dc and was looking to get some actor’s headshots to take to casting calls. he booked a photo shoot on a september month hot on the heels of a slow august. though chances to pick up film roles are limited in dc, productions always need actors for movie extras. you can also find gigs in advertising if you have the looks.
when I asked him how he found out about sharpfocus photography, he said he googled ‘headshot photographers in dc‘ and we were on the top page. he sent me email to check for availability. he only brought a couple of changes of clothes. one shirt was a stark white. it’s not easy to photograph a white guy in a white shirt against a white backdrop. anybody will tell you it’s boring and ‘how you’re gonna do it?’ he had brought his iphone. so hooking it up to the stereo system was providing enough loud noise to keep him entertained.
I just started using a new studio in rockville, so he was gonna be my first client in the new setting. he’s young dynamic and not shy at all. it was just a question of setting the lights right to get enough contrast and shading. then, it was his turn to shine. give me his best poses and change and change. he was very comfortable changing poses and was taking instructions quite well. he had come with his mom but I didn’t realize it until the end of the shoot. we had to introduce ourselves. take care of payment. and I promised to send them the link to the pictures the same evening.
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