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Heather Hughes Headshot

Heather Hughes Headshot

Heather Hughes – Headshot

It is so much pleasure when you have a returning client, having your headshot photographed by the same creatives gives you all a chance to catch up and see how far you have all progressed since the first session. Heather came to me for a corporate headshot about five years ago, she was relaxed and easy to work with and had just started with Novolash an eyelash extension and education company.

Now going freelance she came back for some updated shots with a similar feel. Heather also requested the same MUA, Mark Martin for a natural yet stylish look, who is always a pleasure to work with, funny lovely and reassuring with a client. Mark’s work requires little retouching and whilst I was taking test shots of the hair and make-up, he always had an eye for detail.

Lighting was 2 x soft boxes facing each other,  for maximum light fall off Heather is positioned 1-2ft away from them and I am shooting through the space on a 70-200 f8

Elephant’s Graveyard – Actors Headshots for The New Venture Theatre

Elephant’s Graveyard – Actors Headshots for The New Venture Theatre

Elephant’s Graveyard – Actors Headshots

I photographed the actors headshots for the New Venture Theatre’s up coming production of ‘Elephant’s Graveyard’ in my studio recently. The director, David Eaton, wanted a uniformed look, so I kept it simple and shoot with one look and set-up in the studio. I used one light on the backdrop and 2 large soft boxes firing at each other with the fall off hitting the actors face. Shooting at f8. As there are 13 cast members in this production, getting them together for a shoot was going to be difficult – so I photographed them before a rehearsal. Time was a constraint, which meant no time to spend with each actor, so there was an added bonus of needing to connect quickly with them.

Elephant’s Graveyard is showing at the NVT June 1st & 2nd at the New Venture Theatre

It is the story of a tiny town in Tennessee 1916,  it will experience the greatest show on Earth. Combining historical fact and legend, this poignant and revealing play sheds a harsh spotlight on mankind’s lust for spectacle, violence and revenge. This is David Eaton’s directorial debut.

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Josh Carleton Smith – Actors Headshot

Josh Carleton Smith – Actors Headshot

Josh Carleton Smith came for some actors headshots with his mate Ed, who became my assistant for the shoot. Using natural light outside the studio with Ed holding the reflector, then back inside for more natural light, using my windows as a soft source and a polly board to his left. We end the shoot with flash units – two softboxes bounced together to create soft light falling onto his face.

Josh is currently studying Theatre and Performance at Leeds University

Sophia – Actors Headshot

Sophia – Actors Headshot

Sophia – Actors Headshot

For her first major actors headshot shoot Sophia was calm, chilled and a joy to work with. Based in Brighton and been doing LAMDA Verse and Prose and Acting (solo) since she was 7, she also plays the trumpet and plays club football and netball as well and swims with Shiverers. Sophia has just signed with RBM

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Charlie Mizon

Charlie Mizon

Charlie Mizon is one of those dark comedians whose audiences are full of nervous laughter, too scared to laugh, uncomfortable, close to the bone. His subject matters are depression, failure and suicide, ideal subject matter for comedy. Ideal subject for portrait photography.

Charlie has a one man stand up show inhabited by many characters, we photographed each of them. No costume changes, just a few props.

There is the Chef Preston Blumenthal, the priest is Pastor Ted Bear and the magician is the Great Faustini, though my favourite is the nurse Sister Claire Crippin.

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Lighting:

1x Softbox on a boom arm above him

1 x Poly underneath/to the side

1x Beauty Dish for the background

1x Artic White Backdrop

Dan Greest

Dan Greest

Dan is such a lovely guy, we had a very chilled shoot for his actor headshots. He has a fierce, but calm look in his photographs – slightly moody, but you can see the warmth in his eyes. In-between shots his massive smile would come out, but he found it easy to slip between the two emotions and can even cry on demand, though I never asked him to prove it. An actor so in control of their emotions and easy to work with is an absolute pleasure to photograph.

Dan had got a wonderful choice of arriving with a beard and shaving half way through the shoot to show the casting directors the variety that his Hungarian face can show.

Dan Greest

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Sasha Ellen

Sasha Ellen

Sasha approached me needing to update her actors headshots, but also wanting some performers portraits for her stand up comedy.

English rose appearance at 26yrs old, but of Russian descent added to her look and attitude, cute, but also bold, determined and of course, funny.

It is so important to understand who, what and why you are photographing – What story do you want to tell about someone?

This only works if they let you in and want to say something about themselves, it is a collaboration – it is also fun

Sasha and I met and talked about her work, she gave me her older headshots and said what she liked and disliked, so we had a point of reference and talked about her comedy and her writing – she had a hit play in New York and Ed Finge Signal Failure

The shoot was fab – shooting double the ammount I normally photograph. Outside in my courtyard, with late afternoon sun, cloud and reflector we had good light. In the studio I used 2 soft boxes above and behind – shooting on a small ladder with a 24mm lens, distorting Sasha, whilst she ran through some of her routine

Look out for her in May 28th-29th at Brighton Fringe 4 Minute Warning

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Doug Devenay

Doug Devenay

Doug Devenay – actors headshot

Doug is one of my favourite actors to photograph…

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Heather Hughes

Heather Hughes

Heather Hughes – headshot photography

First shoot of the year, was thanks to a warm American smile and great MUA Mark Hunt, a pleasure to shoot. We quickly achieved the look that Heather wanted for her new headshots as Director of the UK branch of Novalash.

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