Most folks who come into the studio mention new LinkedIn headshots as one of their goals. Here are a few of my thoughts on the topic.

Have Something... Anything!

You gotta have a photograph of some sort in your profile, even if it's from your trip to Cancun and there's an iguana on your shoulder. Your profile is 14 times more likely to be viewed when there’s a profile photo. That’s huge.

Seriously, what is your impression of someone who has a ‘not pictured’ avatar next to their name? At best, they appear too lazy to upload ...

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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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Animated Headshots

By Dennis Drenner on 16 Jan 2017
in Recent shoots





When you're married to a photographer, you end up being dragged into a lot of photos whether you feel like it or not. My poor wife Karen has been dragged into the frigid mountains of Colombia for a New York Times travel piece (she hates camping), and been repeatedly dunked into a pool to test my new waterproof camera housing (she doesn't swim). More recently, she helped test my idea of doing an animated headshot.

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