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Headshots vs. Senor Pictures Los Angeles

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Los Angeles Senior Portraits vs. Headshots

One of the biggest differences in LA Senior Pictures & LA Headshots is where the subject is looking.  Are they looking into camera?  Are they looking away?  For headshots, it’s pretty much an unspoken rule that the subject (the actor) should be looking into the camera.  It helps to capture the essence, the personality, the vibe of the actor.  It helps to establish the actor’ level of intensity, or their ability to make us laugh with just a casual smirk..  Sometimes an agent or manager will choose an image where the actor is looking off-camera…but it’s pretty rare.  Mostly, you’d see this with a character type that typically looks away….like a super quirky character type, or a super shy character type.  I’ve also seen a “looking away” shot be chosen by a talent rep for actors whose direct stare is a bit overly intimidating.  It’s never good to scare the casting director, right??  hheheeee…

Well, the opposite is true of HS Senior Portraits.  There is no goal to shoot a certain character type.  We’re not trying to gauge intensity or the kinds of roles that the subject plays.  We’re simply capturing the emotions & feelings & essence of the subject for that moment in time.    Because that’s really what senior pics are : a capsule in time to remember that special phase of going from being a kid…in your parents care…and part of their responsibility….to being an adult.  making your own decisions…or at least most of them!    Senior Pictures are the very last of the baby pictures.  Your parents started when you were a newborn.  They continued documenting your growth at every grade level.  Now, it’s the last of the last – your Sr. Year – and these photos mark the last time your parents officially document your age, development & growth.  It’s not something to be taken lightly…and it’s not something to be taken too seriously.  It’s something to just have fun doing, and leave the rest to us

 

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Senior Pics Los Angeles

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Senoir Portraits LA

This is our 2nd posting of Ren’s pics….we originally posted our faves – and now that she’s ordered her prints, we thought we’d share HER faves!  The first thing we noticed about Ren when she arrived for her shoot – other than her uber-cuteness, was that she’d really nailed it with the clothes & accessories she brought.  When you look at the images above, you’ll see how they all reflect her personal style, while at the same time each look has it’s own feel.  We loved how the pics we did in the orange print dress were paired with chunky platform heels….whereas the white sundress was worn with simple flip flops – Gorgeous!  Also, notice how all the bracelets in the black top pics & the hat in the white dress pics really give the images a magazine editorial photoshoot vibe.  Speaking of hats….hats off to our amazing makeup artist Bebe Booth, who kept the makeup totally natural while also totally popping the eyes in every look.  LOVE!!!  Ren was down for anything when it came to hair & makeup, but we’ve always found that for HS Senior Pics, you really need to stick with natural makeup…and maybe a little smoky eye for the final look.  It’s very similar to the guidelines we follow when shooting LA Actor headshots – keep it simple….keep the pictures ALL about the person you’re shooting.  If you’re planning your own wardrobe, makeup & hair you might want to visit our blog post:  10 tips to ROCK your HS Senior Portraits We’ve listed everything from hair & skin regimen to reminders on school guidelines & deadlines.  And if you ever feel like you’re stuck when putting everything together, make a quick trip through all of our past blog posts & portfolio – you’ll see lots of wardrobe ideas that you can steal & then make your own 🙂

 

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Kids Headshots

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Kids Headshots Los Angeles

People always want to know, for headshots what to wear.  There is definitely a lot of advice floating around out there – some of makes sense, and some it’s just silly.  The main piece of advice I hear is “wear bright colors”.  Hmmmmm…..true, colors photograph really nicely – but, there are a lot of ways to screw up your shoot by just following that advice blindly.  I’ve found the best way to approach the question of wardrobe is to think of what kinds of roles you’re going to go out for.  Let’s take a kids headshots for example:  There are 5 or 6 main “types” that a girl 8-15 years old would play….  ((there are lots others, but let’s look at some mainstays….

  • Nickelodeon Kid
  • The “Good” Kid
  • Sporty
  • Super Girly
  • Old Fashioned / Period Drama
  • Edgy Attitude

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For Nickelodeon Kid, we’re thinking “Prankster”, mischievous, rough & tumble 100% KID.  Sure, color works for this, but WHAT color works best?  In my opinion, Bright Green, Bright Orange, Red, Royal Blue are all great colors for this look.  If we went with Pink or Yellow, it might read a little softer, or a little girlier, which would detract from the story of the picture.  We want the image to scream:  I AM KID, HEAR ME ROAR!!!

For The Good Kid, we’re thinking “Class President”, Teacher’s Pet, Straight A student – so, go a little preppier, with a hint of nerdy.  Clothing could almost feel like a mini office professional.  A polo shirt for boys – a tank top & cardigan for girls.  Obviously, you’d steer clear of “unprofessional” looking colors like bright orange, lime green & vivid turquoise.  Royal blue, Dark(ish) Purple, Red, Sage Green, and even black can work great for this one.

For the Sporty Kid, layers always work well.  A Gray Tee with Navy Zip Hoodie looks really sporty.  Almost like a version of something they’d wear as a warm up if they were on a sports team.  Kelly Green Hoodie Jacket with yellow tee underneath,,,,,, even just a basic red Tee with V-neck would work great.  Just go with colors that feel like a sports team & keep the clothing something that looks like they could play in it.

For Super Girly we’re picturing the 11 year old girl who does nothing by giggle.  No matter what, she’s in fits of laughter & LOVES pink.  Great girly colors are Pink, Bright Turquoise, Bright Yellow, Peach, Baby Blue & of course purple.  The top can be as simple as a Tee, or as girly as a ruffled strap tank top.

For Period Drama / Theatrical, we’re thinking something classic or simple.  We’re going for soulful, so a color that matches the kid’s eyes exactly is always amazing.  Or, something in a faded fleshy tone, like peach or tan tones.  Black & jewel tones, like ruby, emerald green & sapphire blue work really nice too.

For Edgy / Attitude we’re mostly going to be dealing with girls 12 years to 17 years.  We usually go with more of a Disney version of “Edgy” for most kids ….a little black eyeliner, but nothing crazy.  Colors that work great are Black mixed w/ any “hot” color, like bright pink, purple, aqua, yellow…..   OR, you can take it more theatrical & realistic or urban using mostly grays & blacks with texture & layers – nothing too “new” looking for kids who play grittier characters.  That’s not the norm, but there are always those actors who play dark characters from a young age, like Jodie Foster & Nikki Reed.

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Senior Pictures South Bay

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Dominique is one of our 2013 MxB High School Senior Reps.  She shot with us a few weeks ago at our Los Angeles Senior Portraits location.  Usually, the seniors that apply to be MxB reps are extremely outgoing, because they know that they’ll be ambassadors for our photography studio.  Well, even in her application, Dominique admitted that she was shy…but that she thought maybe this might be a good thing, something to help her push the boundaries of her comfort zone with social stuff.  So, when she arrived for her shoot, we were prepared to really have to work at directing & getting great smiles & poses.  ….wow….we were wrong!  Within a matter of a few minutes Dominique was modeling as if she were a total pro!!  Being tall & super athletically built, she honestly photographed very much like a professional model.  To say we were blown away would not be an exaggeration…. So many of the cute poses & all the playing around that we captured on camera came organically from Dominique.  On the train tracks, our main direction was to say “just imagine you’re stranded in the middle of nowhere, and you know to follow the tracks to the next city….but, along the way, while you’re walking, give little glances & smiles to the camera”.  That was it!  She took off her shoes & started taking little steps over the pebbles & rocks on the tracks…and when she’s slightly trip on one, she’s laugh & look right at the lens.  To be able to take your actual circumstances & use them to inform your expressions & body language is the very essence of modeling….and obviously, Dominique has it.

Senior Portraits Thousand Oaks

So many of our HS Seniors from Thousand Oaks ask about the urban locations they see in our LA Senior Pictures – and the same is true for our LA & South Bay Seniors….they often ask about the beautiful mountain shots we get at our Newbury Park location.  Both are such awesome locations for shooting HS Senior Pics that it’s tough to choose which location to book.  Our suggestion is to shoot both!!  We offer discounted rates for Seniors who decide to do 2 shoots – and the fun part is, you get double the amount of images at this totally amazing time in your life 🙂

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Senior Pics LA

Senior Pictures Los Angeles

Those of you who were lucky enough to get in on our 60% off May discount are asking for tips on how to do makeup for your senior portraits  So, below you’ll find one of our favorite natural makeup tutorials.  The makeup is done by a high school girl with products that most of you already have.  You’ll notice that the makeup is little punched up beyond “natural”, but when shooting pics in full length & even 3-quarter, you really want to make sure the eyes pop.  Using neutral tones & sticking to a simple black top liner & soft subtly smokey under liner, your eyes pop without looking overly made up.   SKIP THESE STEPS:  2 items she applies really don’t work for senior pics though & you should steer clear – the white liner in the inner rim of the eye often washes away with blinking, & can sometimes smear a bit with the under eyeliner.  And it doesn’t look that natural…. Also, the highlighter she uses toward the end of the video on her upper cheekbones is very often “bad for camera”.  What looks dewey and glowy in person, can look sweaty & glaring on camera.  Stick to MATTE powder, MATTE bronzer as well to avoid having a shiny face.  Hope this helps those of you who’re getting that awesome 60% off!

And for the rest of you, we STILL HAVE 40% OFF IN JUNE & 20% OFF IN JULY!!!!

Below is an example of some of our favorite Natural Makeup 🙂  Actor Katrina Law shot these in LA with makeup artist Karishma Ahluwalia, & we thought she achieved a perfect makeup look for each.  The left image is a little edgier, but without going over the top.  The lips & face were kept very natural, letting the eyes take center stage.  The image on the right is classic natural makeup.  The apples of the cheeks pop & the eyes have only a little neutral shadow for depth.  Katrina doesn’t need much, so the makeup artist let her natural beauty shine through 🙂

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Headshots LA

Headshots Los Angeles

Actor Headshots

You’re going to be seeing a lot more of this girl!  Yesterday, I spent a couple hours shooting Natalie’s headshots.  Her parents came with her and I could tell immediately that this was going to be a fun day!  Usually, when a teen’s parents come to their session, I’m immediately apprehensive that the parent is going to try and run the shoot.  That basically never works because the parent isn’t a photographer & unless they’re right behind me, they aren’t seeing what I’m seeing.  Natalie’s Mom & Dad could not have been different….they helped when I needed it ((obviously, natalie’s got a LOT of hair to wrangle, so I asked for Mom when it was necessary :)) but, otherwise, they hung out, made a few calls, peeked their head in from time to time & were a total joy to have on the set!  Actors headshots are pretty different from shooting Los Angeles Senior Pics – mainly, in that the subject has to be looking into camera the entire time.  If you’ve never been a model for 2-3 hours straight, then you really don’t know how hard it is.  It’s work!  and the person in the photos needs to LOVE  what they do.  AND they need to be talented at it.  Simple as that.  Anything less, & you get just “so-so” pics.  I don’t care how great the photographer is – the subject needs to have that “it factor” to successfully shoot for several hours.  I’ll be posting more pics from Natalie’s session & with all the looks we did, you’ll really get a good idea of how a professional connects with the camera & delivers in shot after shot.  …..and let me tell you, adding in super long wavy hair means even more work & patience from our model – – – and it doesn’t hurt to have a pretty great mom helping out with all that hair!  Come to think of it, next time I’m shooting Senior Portraits, I may see if the mom can come ready with hairspray & brush in hand!

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Sexy Saturday! Senior Pics Thousand Oaks

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Senior Pictures Thousand Oaks

Drae was one of our absolute favorites…she’s featured in our senior portraits portfolio & we thought she’d be perfect to be featured on our Sexy Saturday post!  Shot by photographer Amanda Max, of MaxBrandinPhotography & Amanda Max Photography, Drae does sexy the way should be done….effortlessly, playfully, & with classic beauty.  Unlike shooting LA actor headshots, shooting HS Senior Portraits means making sure the girls get the fierce & gorgeous images they want, while at the same time making sure they will be seen as classic, beautiful and never overly sexy.

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Benjamin Wolshin – Kids Headshots LA

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Los Angeles Kids Headshots

Shooting headshots for kids can be either the most fun an LA photographer can have, or the least LOL.  Taking Benjamin’s first truly professional LA headshots was definitely a blast.  He was a total ham with the camera & took direction with a natural ability that some people are just born with.

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