I recently had a second great shoot with the good people at Baltimore Gas, and Electric and wanted to share a few of the photos here. I'm sorry I couldn't resist the cheesy pun/dad joke in my headline, but the photos were just electrifying. (Doh! Did it again...)

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Recent Shoots

By Dennis Drenner on 5 Sep 2017
in Recent shoots





A quick post here to display some recent headshot work, and give you an idea how real people are using my photos to aid their businesses and careers. For example, author Barbara Bourland is displaying my portraits on her website and in promotional materials (Her book "I'll Eat When I'm Dead" was released recently).

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For headshots, an out-of-focus foreground (i.e the subject) is a bad idea, but blurry backgrounds look cool! So I was excited when a DC area client wanted just that.

Fortunately the space they chose for the shoot, a co-work space called DC Workspaces, was perfect for the job. They had a glass-walled conference room with a large, bright open space behind that acted as the perfect stage. And by moving just a few inches to one side or the other between shoots, I was able to give each subject a slightly different backdrop.

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Actors are a blast to photograph. As you might imagine, however, they are not always at home in front of the lens. Even seasoned thespians feel a bit of stage fright at times. At least that's what Meryl told me when we were having drinks the other day...

A lot of actors are more comfortable acting (i.e. performing) than modeling (more static), so I'll often keep them in acting mode. It's fun to yell out emotions and situations for them to interpret: depressed, elated, perplexed, your puppy is lost, you are greeting your girlfriend at the airport after a long ...

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Unless you're a trained actor, when someone points a large camera at your face, you probably feel a little self-conscious. Even if you wrestle a big grin onto your face, I will see the fear in your eyes. "Do my teeth look stained? Can he see that blemish on my nose?"

My job as a headshot photographer is more than just bathing you in soft light and finding the perfect pose. It is helping you to stop worrying about the camera and relax-- even if it's just for a fraction of a second. That's all I need for a ...

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