Outdoor headshot session

Behold the glory of lawyers doing their thing, thinking lawyerly thoughts, sharing eyes, faces, and smiles (accountability demands it!) graced by ambient light and fill flash with purple accents subtly reinforcing the royalty and sanctity of law. A perfect late-afternoon outdoor headshot session!

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Headshot Photography

Travel and Landscape Photography

“My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.” That’s national treasure Steve McCurry riffing on the desire to explore and notice the world. When I grow up, I want to be a travel and landscape photographer. Till then, I’ll hone my craft and dream of faraway places.   

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Travel Photography

Portrait of a Principal

Arrayed in crystalline blue, Sonya is charm itself, gleaming like opal and sapphire. But when you’re a principal at an all-boy’s college preparatory, you’ve got to be made of firm stuff that doesn’t merely sparkle. A joy to photograph! 

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Headshot Photography

Indoor and Outdoor Portraits

Winter crawls ever closer, gnarled hand by sharpened claw. But we’re fortunate to have a figure to protect us. An actor by day and a bright emblem at night, Abisola is the very picture of springtime, flinging butterflies and yellow beams of light. Radiant! 

Studio Actor’s Headshot

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Outdoor Actor’s Headshot

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Bonus studio shot with wardrobe change

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Headshot Photography

BW Portraits and Headshots

When I became more intentional about portrait and headshot photography, there was a temptation to make things complicated. Two or three lights instead of one. Expensive canvas backdrops. Snoots, grids, and scrims. Best advice I ever got was to keep things simple. One light and a reflector, or maybe just a reflector,—or maybe neither, just ambient light only, depending. I love simplicity. It makes the production process more enjoyable. Not only that, it influences post production, too. Sometimes, color—all those reds, yellows, oranges, and greens—can be terribly distracting at times. When that’s the case, there’s a special joy that comes from stripping out color for black and white portraits. The aesthetic is in keeping with the glories of simplicity. Please click the thumbnail to view the full-size image. Hope you enjoy!

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Headshot Photography