Christian

Had so much fun photographing Christian today. This picture really captures his presence and heart.

Eric Petersen, Performer

At Headshot Intensified this week in Los Angeles, I had the distinct pleasure to photograph a famous performer, Eric Petersen. He played in Shrek The Musical.

Peter Hurley as Xavier

One of our assignments was to photograph Peter Hurley, our instructor. He played a customer who wanted a head shot, and we had to do everything, from lighting set up, to greeting, to coaching. Peter was pleased!

My Street Photography Assignment

We had an assignment today to go our on the streets of LA for one hour and find someone to photograph.

This is Edward.

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This is Tyler.

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This is the guy with the red hair.

Tyler

This is Isaac

Isaac is the son of one of our class members at Peter Hurley’s Headshot Intensive in Los Angeles. He came into the studio for a few minutes, and was a kick to photograph.

Meet Rudy – Headshot Intensive Day 2

This is Rudy. He is a member of our class. Yes, a fellow photographer. He modeled like a pro.

Meet Jono – HSI Day 2

Day 2 was awesome at Peter Hurley’s Headshot Intensive. Jono was a model for the class, and we had a great time working together.

Meet Malissa – Day 1 Headshot Intensive

This is Malissa from Orange County. She’s in our class of 10 here in Los Angeles. We’re learning all the basics of a great headshot, and she modeled for us on Day 1. I learned a new way to light up a subject.

In Los Angeles with Peter Hurley

Big Dream Come True – I’m in Los Angeles for three days with Peter Hurley at the Headshot Intensive/Intensified workshop.

I love this quote from Bruce Lee:

“Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own.” – Bruce Lee

Photography Tips

Over the years I have gathered photography tips from some pretty amazing photographers. Here’s a short list of my favorite top tips. Follow them, and your photography will immediately improve.

DO’s

  1. A SENSE OF PLACE. What do you feel? Be mindful of the story you want to tell in 5-8 pictures. Help the viewer be with you. Slow down. Look around.Get in the moment. Let the photographs find you.
  2. CAPTURE YOUR RESPONSE TO THE PLACE.Photography is your gift back to the world. Let your photography be an expression of the moment you had in that place. Allow yourself to express your feelings and spirituality through photography.
  3. LIGHT. Move toward the light. If there’s no light, there’s no photo. Practice seeing light. Notice the quality of light. See how light changes. It’s all about the light. Light is what gets attention.
  4. ATTENTION. You have to have a focus point, a point of attention, a subject.
  5. GET CLOSE. Walk up to your subject. Get on eye level of your subject. Get closer.
  6. COMPOSE. Apply rule-of-thirds. Be responsible for what is in your picture. Eliminate the background distractions. Choose what is in the frame. Look at your edges. Be intentional.
  7. BE WILLING TO WALK AWAY.If you’re not getting the photo you want, don’t “take it.” Just because it’s there doesn’t mean it’s a photograph.
  8. EDIT. Only show others your best. Edit. Edit. EDIT. If you took 100, edit down to 10-12. Tell your story of you in your experience.
  9. EXPERIMENT. Take your camera off of manual. Try Aperture preferred to control for depth-of-field (the amount of in focus before and after the focus point).
  10. STORY. Keep your story in mind. Include close-ups, medium views, and wide views, plus people (close-ups, medium-views, wide views).

DON’Ts

  1. DON’T TAKE A PICTURE OF NOTHING. Have a subject. Have a story you want to tell.
  2. DON’T TAKE A PICTURE WITHOUT LIGHT.Light brings attention to your subject. The sun will go in and out. Wait for it!
  3. DON’T JUST STAND THERE.Move in. Lay down. Look up.
  4. DON’T TAKE.“Taking” can be selfish and insensitive.
  5. DON’T BE BORING.Don’t post all your photos from a photo excursion on social media.
  6. DON’T HURT PEOPLE.Don’t show other people at their worst.