Professional Headshots: Six-in-One, 6/1

There’s no one right way to photograph a subject, but there are always better and worse ways of capturing a professional headshot. I start by asking basic questions. Spending time, even if only briefly, listening to answers and observing body language helps me navigate endless choices on location and during post production. Here are a few of my kick starters:

—Who are you?
—What’s the objective?
—What does success look like?
—Why are we doing this?

Those questions are just as effective in other professions as they are in headshot photography.

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San Francisco Corporate Headshots

I’d like to tell you a story about a 2-for-1. Last year, a client hired me to match the black and white style of their existing corporate headshots. But they also asked me to do something “different,” “creative” without offering specs. I love when an assignment gives me latitude. I can deliver images the client can visualize in advance, meeting a definite need, but I can also deliver something totally unexpected.

Black and white

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Color

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Simply Jack

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Meet Jack, Jack Beckwith.
He’s the Founder and Creative Director at The DataFace.
There’s one thing I enjoy most about photographing business pros.
I get to ask them any question I want—and learn just how interesting they are.

Who is your favorite writer?

I’d say Michael Lewis. As a sports nut and aspiring data scientist, Moneyball proved a perfect introduction to his work back in the mid-2000s. But what I admire most about Lewis’s writing is his ability to take a mundane subject and somehow make it captivating for the reader. His latest book, The Fifth Risk, is no exception. It’s about government bureaucracy and somehow I couldn’t put it down.

What’s one of the most beautiful places you’ve ever visited?

Bryce National Park has to be near the top of my list. I’ve been twice — once with my family in eighth grade and again with some college friends during our spring break my senior year. The hoodoos are just magical, especially in the afternoon sun. I have some wonderful memories hiking the trails there with my dad.

By this time next year, what do you want to have achieved?

I’m hoping to run a half marathon at some point in 2020. I’ve been a runner for more than a decade at this point, dating back to the days of high school cross-country. But since I tore my ACL last April, I’ve had a tough time getting back into the habit of running. So I made it a goal to train for a race this year and set a PR. And what better way to set a new PR than to run a distance I’ve never officially raced before?

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Stranger Scenes

January, 2020.
San Francisco, Maiden Lane.
I was hired to photograph staff in the City.
Everything went swimmingly.
Results were fantastic.
Look here.


But the shot list was short.
In 17 minutes, we were done.
Except I wasn’t.
I still wanted to shoot.
So I plunked down two chairs in the street.
I set up shop and waited.
I didn’t wait long.
I saw someone interesting.
I want to photograph you, I said.
Are you game?
He sized me up in a hurry.
Absolutely, he said, with enthusiasm.
We hung out for five minutes.
That’s all it took.

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When he left, I waited more.
I saw someone else who was intriguing.
Pleasantries were exchanged.
Then we got to work.

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All told, I photographed three strangers.
And I loved every minute of it.
I’m now addicted to street portrait photography in a big way.
2020 has a new theme for my work.
I ardently hope that clients—corporate, family, or solo professionals—
Hire me for precisely this style and approach of photography.

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It’s now part of my repertoire.
So please keep me in mind.
Now let’s go shoot!

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The Winter of Our Content

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Ōmisoka, or Kwanzaa, I come bearing gifts for the whole lot of you!

It’s the photographic equivalent of stocking stuffers, menorahs, and Amazakes.

Skim or go slowly. But whatever you do, enjoy the photos and the blessings of the holiday season.

Travel photography

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Prophetic Blue
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in Iceland

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Play-Dreaming
My daughter Paige found a place of her own in a birch grove in Iceland

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Alpenglow
Half Dome at twilight, where I battled other heathen photographers for room to shoot

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Fog
Sky Camp at Point Reyes National Seashore

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Topped Myself
A reflection in the Upside Down, Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden

Corporate photography

Family photography

Fine art portrait photography

When you take portraits of ballerinas for use in applications to ballet companies worldwide, implied nude photography is the name of the game.

Honorable mention in the fine art photography category goes to…

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Yep, it’s a non sequitur. But it’s a warm and tasty one this holiday season.

Speaking of non sequiturs, I love you.

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