Published

Published

Our photos made it into Glitter Magazine for this feature on Karan Brar. Congratulations Karan for wrapping three successful seasons on Disney’s Jessie!!!

In the Spotlight

In the Spotlight

A sample of a shot for a dancer’s portfolio. I love doing photo shoots like this as it gives a real opportunity for models to showcase their individuality and me a chance to capture it.

Billie Holiday

We embarked on a journey last year that had us combining the histories of Hollywood and Photography, both of what encompass our brand and our field. Each month this year we will showcase a photography piece from this project and tell you a little bit about it. Here is Miss Tracy Z. Francis who we transformed into the legend Billie Holiday. These photos were done in studio and required a look back into lighting and cameras of the time. We think she captured the spirit of Billie both on stage and the underlying sadness that surrounded the legend. This coupled with the mood we recreated gave us brilliant photos. ImageImageImageImage

Black and White VS Color

It is an interesting thing…how the mood of a photograph can change based on the saturation or absence of color. I took this photo on a hike. It was a great day and a great many emotions passed through me over the duration of the expedition. When looking over my photos, I went back and forth as to how I wanted to remember the day. The colors were vivid yet there is a simple solace that comes out in the black and white version. I digress… when looking at photography, be it for portraits, head shots, fashion, or environmental, make the choice of color or black and white based on the emotion you wish to convey. After all, a picture, as they say, is worth a thousand words. 

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JT Pro Imaging knows how to work with KIDS!!

A little looksie into how JT Pro Imaging works with kids in the industry and just starting out. Watch and find out why the agencies and reps choose JT Pro Imaging.

Preparing for Acting Headshot Session

ImageI love sharing good information when I come across it. While researching something completely different I found this article. I felt it was nice and succinct and it laid out preparation in a great way so I wanted to share it with you. Taken from: http://www.usi.edu/photography/documents/ActingHeadshots.pdf

Preparing For An Acting Headshot Photography Session

The fact that you are reading this is a start. The rest of the process should be somewhat back-to- front.

As the date of your photography session gets closer, give yourself a few days to think about hair and clothing. That way you will be more confident with your choices and still have time for a last-minute brainstorm. Schedule your photo session to account for your cycles of sleep, medication or exams, and allow plenty of extra time to spend at the studio. Also, give haircuts a few days to fall into place, and shave your face (men, and women when necessary, please) at a time that leaves you neither too rough nor too red. The morning of your session, get a good breakfast and read the paper. Then go wash your face and apply some moisturizer to replace the skin oil you just scrubbed out. Under no circumstances should you stay up late, party or drink the night before your session, even if you are not scheduled until late in the afternoon. You just can’t get away with it.

Drink plenty of water. The water will help your skin to appear smooth and clear in the week leading up to your headshot session.

Also, if you arrive overheated and sweaty you’ll have to cool down before the photographer can begin to shoot. This is simply because your photographer cannot shoot an actors headshot when you are glistening, as this will show up clearly as shiny patches around your face. Worse still if you are perspiring heavily, this will show up clearly as beads of moisture and ruin your actor’s headshot.

Another thing to think about is the photographer’s time. Arriving late or not being ready to shoot when you do arrive, can lead to rush or shortened sessions as the next client may be arriving shortly. I allow a minimum of one hour for each appointment as this leaves plenty of time for late arrivals, stress on arrival and in some cases a reluctance to have a headshot done.

Who Should Take Your Acting Headshots?

A photographer, who is familiar with the conventions of the talent headshot business. Your local family portrait studio is probably not right for the job.

What Is An Acting Headshot?

It’s an 8×10 photograph of you, with your name on it, as you look right now, showing how you connect with the camera. The more professional your headshot, the better represented you will be in the industry.

The director wants to see 2 things from a headshot: What you really look like, and if you can connect with the camera. The style of your headshot does not matter. But, simple is better. The photo should be about you, not the background or the environment or a photographer’s fancy tricks. Producers want to see if you’re professional.

Headshot Photos – What To Wear

The best clothes to wear during a headshot photo shoot are a widely debated topic. The following is a version of what I have discovered.

  • Plain & simple, not dated
  • I want to focus on your eyes and not be distracted by your clothing. I would like to see

you in a solid colored shirt (very dark or very light) with an interesting neckline and

maybe a textured finish to the fabric.

  • Limited Jewelry: Avoid distracting accessories, such as large, shiny jewelry. If you have a

    pierced ear, wear studs or small hoops. No matter how much you love your gold

    necklace, remember it will take the focus away from your face.

  • Neckline: Is your neck short or long? A V-neck lengthens the neck; a round neckline

    shortens it. A collar frames the face well, without taking away length from your neck. A collared shirt with a V-neck or a few buttons undone is most popular. Turtlenecks completely hide the neck, which is very unflattering, and should be avoided.

  • No Logos: Okay. NO WRITING ON YOUR SHIRT. logos mean product placement issues and the production staff must be very careful about legal issues. So if a logo appears in your headshot, it just shows you aren’t clued in.
  • You will need to be comfortable in the clothing.
  • Remember your headshot is your marketing/sales tool.
  • Denim jackets: Sometimes they work. Bring it along and we’ll see.
  • No shiny leather: Screams “over the top”. It limits your potential and distracts from your

    face.

  • Glasses: If you always wear glasses, keep them on for the photo shoot. Lighting can be

    adjusted to eliminate glare. In difficult cases, the lenses can sometimes be removed

    from the frames, but it is very important to maintain a natural, comfortable look

  • Subdued/No Patterns: Avoid bold colors and crazy patterns. They will present a

    distraction.

  • Light to dark colors are fine, as long as it doesn’t match or come close to your skin tone.

    Wear items that provide some contrast to your skin tones.

  • Anything that has texture is nice. Its adds interest without being distracting.
  • No polka dots, no wild prints, and no distracting stripes. Clothing of this type can have a

    tendency to distract the viewer from the most important subject in your photos, you. Pastel colors are typically not recommended. Neither is white or black, but more importantly, you should avoid anything that clashes with your skin tone. Colors that compliment your skin tone are appropriate.

  • Don’t wear a turtleneck.
  • Avoid blouses with padded shoulders.
  • Don’t try to fit in to something too small.
  • Women should bring the correct bra colors for the wardrobe. (please remember to wear

    a flesh-toned bra under white garments!)

  • Men should bring a couple of different newish t-shirts in different shades.

    Makeup Tips – How to Apply Makeup for Photographs

  •   Skin Features: Do not hide your skin’s personality! Flaunt your freckles. Cover your moles. They are a part of what makes you unique. Unique features are what make others sit up and take notice. Of course, if the day of the shoot you are sporting a monstrous zit, use some light makeup, but I’ll magically heal it! Generally speaking, unusual attractive features are an asset. Who would ever want to say good-bye to Harrison Ford’s chin scar?
  •   Avoid heavy makeup! During finishing of your selected images, we will take care of blemishes and other ‘artifacts’ on your skin during the basic retouch process. Heavy makeup tends to look caked up. Remember that my cameras and lenses produce images at far higher definition than even HDTV and my job is to flatter you, but your headshot has to look like the person that walks into the audition space!
  •   B/W Photo: Remember, if you are going for you’re doing this for Black and White, not color; darker colors will appear as shadow, lighter colors as highlight. The trend in the states is for color headshots and in UK is B&W because I shoot everything in color, you’ll

have a wide range of choices.

  •   Ladies with straight hair: You want to frame your face, so if your hair is very straight and

    long, give it some body to accentuate your face.

  •   Haircut: Don’t cut your hair the day before your shoot! It will look like you just got a

    haircut. Give your hair a week after a cut to relax.

    Remember, it’s all about the eyes!

    How important are the eyes? They are critical to making your headshot stand out. The wow factor! The eyes define a person. They are the windows into that person’s soul. The eyes are one of, if not the single most, important parts of a portrait photograph. It is the first feature noticed. It is also one place where a little post-processing can really make a portrait shine. And your “theater” look is the closest to your natural self in the most positive sense–when you are rested, relaxed in a positive frame of mind and raring to go. For this shot feel free to let your own personal sense of style come through, within the bounds of how you are likely to be cast. Character actors should not dress as ingénues and vice versa.

A Spring Fling Giveaway by JT Pro Imaging and friends!!

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Welcome to our pretty as a flower giveaway!  Spring has sprung and its time for new clothes for your little one.  Come meet the designers offering this darling outfit to one lucky winner!

First up is KS Monkeys who made this darling applique shirt. KS Monkeys Facebook Shop
One lucky winner will win this shirt in the size of their choice. (limited to size range offerings.)

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One lucky winner will also get this coordinating skirt!
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This darling collaborration was photographed by JT Pro Imaging.  Jt Pro Imaging specializes in studio work and outdoor set photography.  The photos you see here are not outdoors at all but actually in a studio using props!  How amazing are they?  JT Pro has a portfolio that includes celeb headshots, product and event photography. To learn more about JT Pro please vist their website or Facebook page.
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Tables Turned

Screen Shot (800x518)What an odd thing to be the subject rather than the photographer, stylist, and producer of the shoot. Like new shoes, it’s slightly uncomfortable but when you realize how amazing they are, you ease into them. And so it has happened that the shoe, so to speak, has been placed on our collective other foot… For one evening, we moved from behind the camera to in front of it..all in the name of art.

Josh and I enjoy spending our time learning and playing…I mean working. 🙂 We love transforming people and guiding them to bring visions to life. Our Old Hollywood icon project started off as merely an idea and a photoshoot. It has turned into our signature and embodies who we are both as people and as a company.

We were honored to have so many people at our exhibit debut. There were so many people, but Josh and I got around to meet almost everyone. How beautiful and unexpected it was to find this article printed online about us and about our exhibit. My heart did backflips when I saw our photo front and center. As I said, we are certainly not used to being on that side of the camera. 🙂 I was almost too petrified to read. I understand COMPLETELY now why many clients say they do not read their reviewsof their films and such. That evening, I’m not sure we were even aware someone was taking notes and photos for magazine purposes. Well, someone was and what they have written and shared is a lovely review and so we wanted to share it with all of you.

http://issuu.com/artsnfashion/docs/artsnfashion_winter_2012_issuu/19