Headshots with Gabe

For a LinkedIn networking strategy (and other social media purposes), a client of mine needed some fresh new headshots, something that sets himself apart from the rest of the crowd. To me, it's all about the face. With every type of social media platform requiring a headshot, I like to crop in tight to show off what is most important—you.

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Gear Used:
Nikon D610  |  Tamron 70-200 F/2.8 VC  |  Two Nikon SB910's  |  Three Pocket Wizard Plus X transmitters  |  Westcott Rapid Box  |  Westcott Umbrella  |  Two, round 40" Silver reflectors  |  Manfrotto light-stands  |  White background

Highly Energetic, Positive Fitness!

Will, a Personal Trainer local to the Portland area was in need of some fresh headshots and images (showing his hands-on coaching style) for various social media outlets, along with his future website. Will said it's important for him to show his engagement with each of his clients, and that his positive and energetic attitude is the most successful way of encouraging his clients to put forth their greatest effort. Shooting in the mid-day heat, this group was all-smiles and full of energy. I added a few jump-shots at the end to add a sense of finished achievement. 

My Father

Just like Grandma Edith (his Mother) my Father would say "I probably broke your camera" every single time I photographed him. He'll wrinkle his nose when I tell him he is on my blog, but I'm very proud of him. My father has my highest respect, and he's a Veteran of the Vietnam War.

He's a true hero to me. He's always been there for me and my family. He took care of my Mother for years before her passing—as well as all four of my grandparents, in their remaining years. Always putting others before himself, even if it takes a toll on his own health. He is my greatest friend—my dad, Roger. This is in honor of you on Veteran's Day. 

To Frame Without a Frame

When a straight-on portrait isn’t working for you, this little posing trick yields a nicely framed headshot. Create some interesting diagonal lines by simply having the subject create a frame around their face with their hands and arms. Framing their face can add depth and structure to a portrait.

The majority of us have a social-media presence, and the first thing potential customers see is your profile photo. This portrait reflects your persona, and your business. Poorly-lit photos and "selfies" can reflect in a negative way, and will shy those away who are looking for your professionalism. 

Catching the Light

Catchlights are nothing more than a reflection of light—something I always try to create in the portraits I photograph. These specular highlights help attract the viewer's attention, and makes for a dynamic photo.

You can easily create catchlights without having expensive lighting gear. Have your subject stand facing a sun-lit window; and photograph them. Move closer to the window to create larger catchlights.