As everyone might know by now, Detroit has been given a business boom with the film industry now in town. It’s been great for a lot of business owners here in Michigan. There was a booming business years ago and it’s been quiet up until now. Actors that haven’t been doing much are now updating their black and white headshots.
If you’re not connected to agencies, casting directors or workshops you need to be optimized to pick up those shoots. Most working actors come from referrals. People just getting or wanting to get into the business surf the web.
My shoot today was with actor Larry Peters referred by Productions Plus-The Talent Shop. It seems the agencies like the way I shoot the over 40 client. I like them to look sharp with some pop. The retouching has to be a bit more precise, versus global to keep the contrast.
I keep forgetting to take behind the scenes pics from my shoots. I especially don’t seem to think about it with paying clients. Lately I’ve been asking if they would mind, and in exchange I would give them the image for permission. So win/win.
A picture is so much easier than trying to explain the set up…so let’s hope I can remember the BTS pics. Larry is sitting in a chair and I’m standing on a step stool shooting down, I’m only 5’4” so I need the height.
I have two of my custom backgrounds behind him. One is on the floor and the other hanging low. I have been taking the hanging backgrounds, twisting and turning them so they have big creases and setting the stands on an angle, versus flat and straight on. I’m using no lights in this setup, simply north window light, tri flector, black v-flats and black cutter.
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Some of my images for working actors headshots of Michigan