Recent work at London Headshots
Recent work at London Headshots
Hi, been a while since my last blog update, and that’s because I’ve been on holiday!
Took a break with my girlfriend and visited Los Angeles for ten days. Reports suggest that it’s the greatest country and greatest city I’ve ever been to in my life, and returning to London, or more accurately, London’s prices was quite a downer.
I did mention moving out there, but Mrs Godwin-to-one-day-be rightly pointed out that competition out there for headshots photographers is insane. I don’t fancy going up against the likes of Peter Hurley.
Anyway, since returning, I’ve had a few fun jobs, and thought I’d post a couple of outtakes here. One was a commercial corporate headshot for an advertising agency, the other was an actor’s headshot, and the other was a headshot for an album cover!
First up to our left is the album cover. The artist is Reggae singer/songwriter/producer Barry Boom, who wrote for Maxi Priest back in the day, as well as being an excellent artist himself. He’s back after a few years hiatus with a new album. He played it during the shoot, and it’s excellent. I’m not saying that because it makes me sound better by extension, it really is brilliant. It got three rewinds on the radio on the day of the shoot, and people were phoning in to the station to request more rewinds.
As the DJ for Vibes FM said – “Barry Boom is BACK!”.
He brought his wife Valerie along for the day, who acted as stylist for the shoot, and she was amazing. Both really brilliant people, and one of the best shoots I’ve ever had. Got loads of great shots, with plenty of variety. The idea for the album was something a little more ‘sophisticated’ than you might conjure if you think of a reggae album. The shot above is just an outtake, I’m not sure if it’ll even be used! I think it’s great though, I hope it gets picked.
Next up is another outtake. This was for an advertising agency, and although it’s not a headshot, it still counts, since it’s just me zooming out from what was originally a headshot!
The brief for this was quite simple. The same shots had been taken in America, for their US branch, and they needed the same lighting and style duplicated for their UK branch. I had to shoot 11 people, a full length and a headshot each.
It was good fun, I enjoy shooting on location, because more things go wrong, and you walk away with far more experience than if you’d have been in your studio with hours and days to prepare. On this occasion I only had 20 minutes to set up before people started arriving. To make matters worse, I arrived with a broken softbox, which I didn’t know about, and a dodgy sync lead which I needed for one of the lights. I ended up ghetto-rigging a spare Profoto D1 and hanging the broken softbox precariously on the end. Lucky there was no wind, or someone might’ve got hurt!
Shoot ended up going off without a hitch though, and everyone was great to work with, and the client also supplied tea and unlimited cookies. Never a bad thing.
Lastly we have an actors headshot. This one isn’t an outtke, it was chosen by the client. Her name was Sangeeta Reding, and she was very fun to work with. Required almost zero direction, and understood her job perfectly.
When doing actors headshots, although the actors know why they’re there (to get shots that will get them booked), they can have a tendency to misunderstand what they’re required to do, and instead of entering character, they pose like a model would. This is completely understandable, since they’re having their picture taken, but usually it takes a few minutes of coaching to get them to understand the subtle differences. Sangeeta understood straight away.
Sangeeta, unsurprisingly, gets cast for a lot of asian-female roles, so this look was titled “asian mother” in the brief. We figured it would be nice to make her look a little regal as well, since she had great facial structure.
I love the light in this shot, and the rest of the shot from the headshots session. We did five looks in total to cover the range of roles she intended to cast for.
Anyway, that’s about it really. Plenty of work lined up next month, have quoted for a couple of large jobs, so looking forward to being very busy.
Coming up next is a review of Peter Hurley’s “Art behind the headshot” DVD.