The thing I like about headshots and author photos is how much room for creativity there is. I like the challenge of figuring out how to reflect both who you are as a person and convey what your work is about, sort of like a mini branding session.[Read more…] about Making the Most of Your Headshots
I had a vision for this shoot of timing it perfectly so that the lowering sun would shine up False Creek and into Strathcona, lighting up the trees on Union Street with that golden-hour glow. AND IT WORKED.[Read more…] about Author Aaron Chan
One of the parents from March’s mini family sessions reached out again for a real quick headshot update, with a special request to shoot in the Pink Alley downtown.[Read more…] about Susanna’s Headshots
More artists! These two are illustrator April de la Noche Milne and writer Wayde Compton.[Read more…] about April & Wayde
I got the scans back from this session while I was waiting at the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal to head to the Island for the weekend, but I was so antsy to see them that I downloaded three rolls worth to my phone and incurred a not-insignificant data overage charge so that I didn’t have to wait three days to know how they turned out. I regret nothing. I love these photos!
Carlie is a writer and poet, and she wanted a series of photos that would serve both as headshots and branding photos for her writing practice. She grew up on the North Shore and writes frequently about Vancouver, so we wanted to capture the mountains and the port of her youth and complement those green and blue scenes with some clean city pictures.
To get it all in we split our time between the studio and some key outdoor locations. The weather also cooperated marvellously, so we got beautiful 10am window light up on the third floor of 309 West Cordova in addition to great direct light and bright, open shade for the outdoor part of the shoot (you know I pulled out the Ektar 100 to take full advantage of the direct light!)
My life is chock full of award-winning poet femmes! Adele Barclay is one of my oldest and dearest friends (not to brag or anything) and her only request was to find some nice brick walls for backdrops. I think we fulfilled the brief admirably. The fall light co-operated nicely, and chasing it through downtown Vancouver led to some delightful spots.
As usual, I brought the digital camera for back up, but some high-iso stock and a few strategically placed lamp posts meant film came through for us, even after the sun went down.
When award-winning poet Leah Horlick (who also happens to be a dear friend of mine, nbd) asked me to make her some new headshots, I couldn’t say yes fast enough! On top of that she requested we use a warm and saturated film stock, so the whole session was just an Ektar-fueled, golden-hour-soaked dream.
Not everyone likes the colour shifts that can happen when you expose a roll of film in different ways from one frame to the next, but I love the vastly different moods we created with just some changes in light and settings. From dark and moody to bright and luminous, Leah will be able to tailor her photo choice to the tone of the particular occasion.
Mithalee Rawat started her business making organic homemade bone broth this spring, so we met in Mount Pleasant, home of her first pop-up, to take advantage of colourful buildings and old brick. Little bit of film, little bit of digital, and one killer shade of lipstick.