A Stylish Corporate Headshot Session


I often remind my corporate headshot clients to never be afraid to be stylish for their session. There seems to be this misconception that a corporate headshot should be very stiff and rigid. "Stand up straight, shirt tucked in, cheesy smile!" Au contraire mon frère.

Here are a couple of shots from a recent session with corporate client, Adam. He wanted something different in terms of both styling and posing. For his first look, he wanted a seated pose, then another look near a window with natural light. He picked a stylish gray suit with a nice texture and fit. I had him seated on one of the studio's stools and just told him to be his natural, charming self. This shot(above) was the result. Nothing too forced, just a handsome gent putting his best foot forward.

For the second look, Adam was positioned by my studio's window. I tend to get much more light in my studio in the early morning, so I was a bit worried it wouldn't be enough. But after taking a few test shots then adding a reflector to his right side, I knew this would result in some really strong images that are more akin to portraits than your traditional headshot. Ever the natural in front of the camera, Adam leaned against the wall and gave off his best range of expressions and poses. We decided on the following image.


What I liked most about this look was the lack of tie and blazer. It's a much more casual and contemporary look. Sometimes a jacket and tie can look a bit TOO corporate and put you in the mind of a financial exec. The brown belt was also a nice touch, adding a bit of color but not being overpowering. I even like the right side of his face being in shadow, which gives the images a bit more mystery and helps accentuate his facial features. If your work environment is more casual and/or youthful, consider losing the tie and going for a more relaxed look.

For men, consider losing the tie or going with a nice sweater or just a button down for your top. For women, break out that polka dot blouse you want or even shoot against one of my colorful backdrops. If your company has more rigid headshot standards that's completely understandable, but definitely consider expressing your unique personality through your wardrobe.

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Corporate Headshots for Pippa


Recently I got hired by the awesome folks at Pippa to create headshots for their founder and team. Pippa's online platform allows for users to create and share podcasts easily and quickly. Since they're a more tech-based company, I wanted to create images that reflected that vibe instead of the traditional corporate headshot with suit and tie. JJ Abrams' take on Star Trek immediately came to mind with the blueish lighting. Years of watching sci-fi and attending tech conventions has me think the color blue when it comes to technology.

For the main headshot of the founder, I used more traditional coloring since his headshot will be used in a different manner. But I was giving a bit more creative leeway for the candid shots of the team.

I wanted to aim for something similar to Abram's Star Trek look that reflect the high-tech nature of Pippa's platform. Beyond the lighting aspects, the goal was also to capture the essence of the Pippa team. Fun, competent, and focused where the ideas I had in my head. I think these images accomplish just that.

Fun note, we only had about 10 minutes to shoot in the space we were using. With a bit of quick thinking, we were able to capture what we were going for. "When life throws you lemons..." as they say!

Actor Headshots: Parrish Salyers


Stunning image from a recent session I did with actor Parrish Salyers. He came all the way from out of state for a session while he's doing an awesome internship for the summer. We had a fun time during this shoot, doing both studio and outdoor options. This one was one of my favorites from the session. Love the colors, location, and his expression really completes it. As I often tell my actor clients, "The eyes have it!", and Parrish nailed it for this shot. 

Look out for him!

Actors: Where should you get your headshots printed?

This is a question I get asked quite often. In my experience, the absolute best place to have your headshots printed is Reproductions, especially for my New York Headshot clients. Located in Midtown, Reproductions provides printing, retouching, and even demo reel services. When it comes to printing you can't discredit the use of a professional lab to handle your work. For headshots this is vitally important as the print you hand a casting director can often make or break your first impression. No point in spending hundreds of dollars on those awesome headshots, only to skimp out on getting quality prints done.

A low quality print will often have muddy, washed out colors and printed on a flimsy paper stock. A high-quality print, on the other hand, has vibrant colors, rich shadow areas, and feels solid on a high-quality paper stock. Reproductions does this and more. In addition to printing, they can also handle the layout and cropping of your image which includes putting your name on your headshot. If you'd like your resume on the back of your headshot, they offer an option for that as well. Whatever print related needs you have they have you covered and the customer service is top notch. Trust me, I've worked with several labs in the city over the years and they are by far the best for printing headshots.

Check our their website, www.reproductions.com, to get pricing and additional info regarding this friendly and Professional(with a capital P) print lab.

How Many Looks Do I Need?

So you're in the market for professional headshots in NYC? You've taken a look at samples of my actor headshots or corporate headshots and you're about ready to book your session. But how many looks do you need? Well, it depends on what your focus is and where you are currently in your career. Both my actor and business clients have very specific needs and I always look to cater sessions to fit their unique needs. Deciding on the number of looks beforehand will ensure you're getting the most out of your shoot.

How many looks does an actor need?
For actors, two Looks is what I consider the absolute minimal for professional headshots in NYC. Actors need to showcase their versatility(or type) and are often going out for a variety of roles. It helps if you have two headshots to choose from when you get ready to send your headshot out or attend a casting. Depending on the role you're going out for, one of your headshots may serve you better than the other. If you only have one, you'll be extremely limited. I want you to succeed, so two looks is what I'd recommend as an absolute minimum.

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