How to Prepare for Your Headshots

PREPARING for YOUR HEADSHOTS – EMBRACE the OPPORTUNITY The term “headshot” can sound menacing or intimidating, as can knowing that this image could set the tone for other people’s impressions of you. And that’s exactly why a good headshot is important, but it doesn’t have to be a scary experience, and you don’t have to settle for a cookie cutter picture like they used to do if you take a few steps to prepare, and come ready to rock!   BEFORE the SHOOT Get plenty of rest the night before your session. Drink plenty of water during in the days preceding our session so your skin is at its best. If getting your hair cut, plan it at least a week before your shoot. Freshly cut hair can be a bit unpredictable, so take some time to tame it and get comfortable with it. Do a little research to understand the kind of image you want, like and/or need for your unique purposes. You can create a Pinterest board or send me some images of people you want to emulate that will help me understand the vision for your shots. Alternately, you can make a list of keywords to keep in mind for the image you would like to convey. Examples could include “trustworthy,” “approachable,” “authoritative,” “engaging.” This will help guide the poses and expressions we use and determine various technical considerations I will need to have in place. BTW, the term “professional” says nothing to me. There are too many kinds of professionals out there. Think in terms of “professional what?”; “Professional, how?” Allow sufficient time to reach the location and...

Welcoming Eloise

While babysitting my neighbor’s children when I was in high school I could barely imagine adulthood for myself, let alone how they would grow up and what they would one day become. And even in my wildest dreams I couldn’t have found myself living once again as virtual neighbors, only now across the entire country in California. So it was with equal parts wonder and amazement that I visited my old neighbors, their daughter, her husband, and their new daughter, Eloise, not far from me at their home in Mountain View, California. The little girl I used to babysit, now a new mommy, had endured a few difficult days, so we placed the focus on Eloise as she demonstrated the breadth of her many expressions changing from moment to moment as her proud grandpa held her. DJT_0096 ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 13 This was a quick, impromptu session under available light. Contact me to arrange a newborn session at your home for your beautiful new addition and family. Name(required) Email(required) Website Comment(required) 請按「讚」並分享...

雨中的詹瑩 | Into the Rain with Joy

Joy and I have known each other since last November, when I photographed the National Taiwan University EMBA triathlon club at a race in Taidong. Although still an undergraduate at NTU, she was assisting some club members with their swimming, and like many of the team members she participated in her first Olympic-distance triathlon that day. We’d long discussed arranging some portrait sessions, and after many attempts to clear our schedules finally got together in May for an outdoor session. Apart from a few rough ideas we went into that first session just looking to see how it would go, and I used film cameras for most of the images. Joy’s mom came along for moral support and wardrobe and styling assistance, and my assistant Dennis helped with reflectors and lighting. It went well, but I’ll be sharing some of the results from that session another time. 我跟詹瑩認識是從去年11月開始,那時候我受託為台大EMBA鐵人隊拍攝他們團員參加「台東之美」的英姿。從此後我們經過好幾次的討論,但一直沒有辦法找時間安排拍照。一直到今年五月,我離開台灣的前一個月,我們終於挑了一天到我最喜歡的「秘密基地」拍照。事先沒特別設定主題,因此我就很隨興的帶了幾台底片機準備跟她拍照。那天李媽媽以及我的助理Dennis也都來協助拍攝。 那天在戶外主要拍的是底片,頗有「仙女和仙境」的感覺。 Making Lemonade | 就地取材,隨機應變 Joy and I were both inspired by the first collaboration and quickly arranged to try something more urban the following week. I immediately described to her a concept I had in mind that I had worked on around five years ago, and had wanted to revisit in a fresh way. She liked the idea, and with that in mind Joy, her mom and me met in the mid afternoon on a weekday in mid-May. 因為我們拍得很開心,在還沒有拍完前大家都已經在想下次什麼時候再約到不同的地方拍不同的主題。第二次約之前我給詹瑩看了我五年前拍的一張來參考這次設定的主題。 Right at the appointed time it started pouring rain. We knew that unless we waited a long time we might not be able to shoot at the planned location, so instead of just sitting around I suggested that we look around the CKS Memorial Hall for...
珍珠的一天 (續集)| Another Day with Zhenzhu

珍珠的一天 (續集)| Another Day with Zhenzhu

以下是與珍珠一起拍攝出來的作品的第二發,第一發在這裡。This is the second post of images made with Zhenzhu. Part One is HERE.  作為攝影師能夠跟一位被拍的人培養出良好的默契是一件非常快樂的事情。有時雖然沒有完全滿意,甚至有點失敗,由於雙方彼此有個信任感在,不會太在意結果,而就因為能輕鬆創作還是能拍出不少喜歡的作品。過程中也都十分愉快,會想一直拍一直拍下去。 As a photographer it’s always a distinct pleasure to work with a subject you have a rapport with. Sometimes it doesn’t always happen right away and can take some work and a bit of faith to establish, but once that mutual trust is made it’s like having another team member to build synergy with. I think it also relaxes everything in the full confidence that what we do will result in something satisfying, and that even if it doesn’t always work out it will be a fun and worthwhile collaborative effort. 我跟珍珠已經拍過好幾次照,包括戶外和攝影棚內(部分的作品請參照前陣子發布的文章)。最近的一次我們一早扛著器材殺到烏來坐纜車到雲仙樂園這個有點被歲月遺忘加上大自然肆虐的地方拍照。時間不多,大概實際拍照的時間只有一個多小時,其中我使用Lomographic Society 香港分部贊助的Lomo LC-A 120相機及他們非常特殊的紫色(Lomochrome Purple)底片拍了兩卷(24張)底片。 Zhenzhu and I have shot together several times now, as I detailed in a recent post. More recently, we journeyed to an old theme park that had been ravaged by time and devastated by typhoons, yet has been reopened to the public and, while not rebuilt or restored, is now maintained to some degree.   該相機是市面上唯一具備自動曝光的輕便型120相機,並有相當銳利的廣角鏡頭,是非常適合隨身攜帶的120機。由於曝光值由相機決定,攝影師唯一能調整的是底片的ISO設定。 Pressed for time, we spent just around two hours shooting, during which time I finished two rolls of Lomochrome Purple film in a Lomo LC-A 120 camera kindly lent to me by the Lomographic Society out of Hong Kong. The LC-A 120 is the world’s lightest, simplest auto exposure 120 format film camera, sporting a fairly sharp wide angle lens. The only setting the user can control is film ISO. This review pretty much puts all of the camera’s features, advantages, and drawbacks into perspective. 另外一次的合作以運動帥氣風為主,但不是在戶外跑來跑去的,而是用室內的環境和攝影棚單純的元素試圖表現出珍珠的健美和帥氣。 我跟珍珠已經數次在不同的外景和攝影棚拍過,每次我都試著表現出她的健美、風趣、開朗的個性、對運動的熱情,甚至她的性感(OMG!)。女人有很多面,如果能彼此建立默契和互信攝影師就能將這些特質勾勒出來,拍多少次都不怕沒東西拍。 Zhenzhu and I have shot in the studio and outdoors in many locations in the attempt to capture her sportiness, charm, vibrant...
藝圖影像 | Etude Imaging

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