The new photography studio is up and running (more on that later) and I barely had time to get the lights into the studio before I had calls for more head shots. I've been very bless with the amount of work I've been getting. Being recognized as a leader in the Columbia and surrounding areas as the place to get awesome head shots is very humbling. I also take it as a big responsibly. When clients like Ryan walk in my door it's always a great reminder of why I do what I do.
Ryan has been acting a while, but he'd never had to provide a head shot for an audition. Outside of places like Columbia, that's practically unheard of. In New York for example, if your an actor, you practically have to keep a bag of printed 8x10 head shots on you all the time. However, here the market isn't as saturate with actors and head shots aren't always required. I say that to say, that when Ryan came through my door, he'd never been in front of a camera like this before.
That's where having a great coach is crucial. I worked with Ryan and over the course of the session he made some dramatic transformations in his ability to work in front of a camera. It's not as easy as it might seem, often what we think we look like and what we actually look like are very different. Little changes in the mouth, eye or eyebrows can vastly change the look and feel of the image. With just a fraction of a inch change in his eyes for example, he'd go from nervous to very cool. Here is the head shot we choose for his audition. The goal with him, as it is with all my clients, isn't to make them look happy, or friendly, it's to make him look confident and approachable. To make him look interesting. To make him look like someone the casting director wanted to meet.