Working at a company where the mission is to make everyone's house a safe and healthy place must make people happy. I recently had a location headshot session at the Green and Healthy Housing Initiative in Baltimore and they were an extremely smiley bunch. This was a very good thing, because I had to photograph 40 people in the space of two hours. There was no time to turn on the Drenner charm if someone was having a bad day!
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...)
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).
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.
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 ...