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Friday, April 27, 2012

Ultimate Headshots... Naturally

Who can resist the charm of a people looking like themselves in every best way?

You can see it right away even in a tiny Facebook profile picture. All the magical subtleties mixed into a single image. Beaming, unguarded joy. Approachable confidence. Playful mischief. Calm beauty and dashing boldness. But all the while... naturally.

But how in the world do you capture that ultimate headshot? Especially in the digital era of social everything, a compelling, yet warmly natural, headshot is everything. Even as a professional portrait photographer, I'm shy about getting performing in front of a camera for a portrait.

Like every great discipline worth pursuing, piano, marathon running, cooking, painting or singing, it's a fine art with lots and lots of nuanced effort. And most often, you'd never guess by simply appreciating the end "product." The graceful scale, matchless flavor or winning time.

So too in taking great headshots... it's absolutely intentional and never relegated to luck or to hoping that the subject has some kind of latent modeling talent running through their family bloodline. The goal is to deliver incredible headshots each and every time for every single person.

Last weekend at the College Church 2012 Art Fest, I had the honor to offer an Ultimate Headshots booth open to anyone brave enough to step right up. Such an incredible time meeting scores of visitors.

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With so many people and such a landslide of individual images (I've totally lost count), I had to impossibly narrow it down to a single image for each person.

Please don't keep me a secret with your friends. Your advocacy means the world.

So without further ado...

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3 comments:

Brian Aldridge said...

Beautiful work! This is a WOW site. Very nice work, Sean!

Anonymous said...

Came here via stoppers. Great work. Peter Hurley is in danger. Keep it up!!!!

Hogger and Co. said...

These are fantastic, well done!