A Show of Hands

Most headshots live up to their name—tight portraits cropped closely around the head and shoulders. Small image sizes on most websites and social media dictate that portraits need to be pretty tight just to get a good view of the face. Recently, I have been doing some portraits that are a bit wider. This is […]

Nice Wheels

I recently had the opportunity to make some unique portraits. I was contacted by a non-profit in Berkeley that provided information and resources for the disabled. The organization had originally tried to purchase stock photography for its website, but contacted me after experiencing an interesting (and frustrating) problem: stock photos of “disabled” people are almost […]

Stepping in to the Ring

I recently got a call from the Marketing Director at a small start-up in headquartered in Berkeley. She needed headshots of their whole team for the website, and wanted relaxed and candid posing, with a more “punchy” look than the standard corporate headshot, reflecting their young and dynamic company culture. After a short phone conversation […]

Getting Outside the Studio

“Variety is the spice of life.” – William Cower The majority of my corporate headshot clientele want their photography done indoors with a studio set-up—and with good reason. Studio lighting and background is the most easily controlled, the most versatile, the most consistent from shot to shot, and is repeatable months and years later and […]

The Actor

I recently met a fellow improvisor, who is also an aspiring stage and film actor. (He also has a PhD in Applied Physics, so the guy’s talents are diversified!) I photographed him for my Improvisors project, and afterward he asked me to do some actor headshots for him sometime. I hadn’t done many actor portraits […]

Father & Son

It is a brand new year, and I am slowly emerging from the fog of holiday craziness. December was busy with work, travel and family gatherings, all of which were fruitful. I am very fortunate. Alas, this blog suffered from a month of non-posting. I promise to remedy that as 2013 gets started. I created […]

Ask

Last week I had the opportunity to meet and photograph the executive team at Ask.com in Oakland, California. The popular search site and parent company of Dictionary.com is in the process of updating its corporate information webpage and executive profiles, which currently don’t include portraits. Back in early August, I was referred to a Senior […]

Shooting Myself

When my new website (and this blog) went live on August 1, 2012, it required a headshot of yours truly for my “About” page. As I prepared the final draft of my website and filled my portfolios with image with relative ease, I struggled to find a suitable portrait of myself to accompany my bio. […]

Food, Shelter, Clothing…Headshot

A quality headshot has become an essential component of a business professional’s toolkit. LinkedIn and Facebook profiles are as informative to employers as a resume, and they are often the real first impression that an applicant makes, before the interview itself. And whether employers admit it or not, the profile photo that sits front and […]

The Therapist’s Couch

Some of my clients are awesome. Last week I got to add a new person to the awesome list. He is a psychotherapist who works with troubled teens. He’s saving the world one kid at a time, and talking with him during his portrait session was both educational and inspiring. We did a traditional multi-purpose […]