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Headshot photography

black and white self-portrait

Self-portrait photograph in b&w against 100% pure white background. Focus on the eyes

Sometimes you have to do a self-portrait – they say it’s a very good exercise for any photographer to get to the other side.

This time I had another reason – simply didn’t have any model on hands and wanted to try this black and white high-contrast approach.

I think I did pretty good actually šŸ˜‰

But wife disagreed and said that I’m absolutely not like this portrait because I’m soft and smiley :)

Portrait in studio

portrait of a teenager boy in studio on white background

Studio portrait of a boy

Repose Chamber Music

Another great photo session on-location, this time for Lianna Levine Reisner, beautiful soprano. She was about to launch her new venture – Repose and needed a few portrait and headshot photographs. So we went to 2 locations on Upper West Side and got quite a variety of portraits as you may see, both indoor and outdoor.

Contemporary photo portrait of a classic soprano singer

Repose Chamber Music

I always enjoy working with creative people, and this time was no exclusion!

Portrait of a young woman by piano

Classic soprano singer

Outdoor portrait photo session of a New York soprano singer

And since I liked Lianna’s idea very much I want to quote her opening statement for the project:

“This summer I have been building an exciting new project. I am happy to announce the launch ofĀ Repose,Ā which presents chamber music exclusively for private events at smaller venues.Ā I am reinvigorating the age-old salon concert for a modern audience, bringing people together to experience music in the comfort of their living rooms, among friends and loved ones. And Repose is just the right type of entertainment for occasions like senior birthdays, retirement parties, and fundraisers.

As a mother and as a Sabbath-observant singer, I’ve been dreaming of a flexible, low-pressure approach to my singing that could operate on my schedule. Repose allows me to do what I love most, exploring and presenting repertoire that inspires, uplifts, and educates.
I’m launching Repose with some standard concerts “for sale,” with the hopes to later expand my programming to include more niche interests, like a concert of music by woman composers, Jewish art song, and other themed offerings. There are so many ways to get creative here.
If you or someone you know would be interested in booking a concert with Repose, please be in touch and help me spread the word!
You can read more at theĀ Repose website, and be sure toĀ like Repose on FacebookĀ :-)
Many thanks and best wishes,
Lianna “

Pianist Mariko Miyazaki portrait

Outdoor portrait of a pianist in a park

Portrait of Mariko MiyazakiMariko in a piano store, Manhattan, NYC

Young piano player sitting at a piano, photographed on a black background

Mariko in a piano store, Manhattan, NYC

Portrait of young piano musician

Portrait on a bridge in Central Park, New York City

Portrait of Mr. Peter Weiss for St. John’s College

Portrait of an old man in blue shirt, wearing glasses

Portrait photograph of Mr. Peter Weiss for St. Johns College of Maryland

That was an assignment fromĀ St. John’s College to photograph Peter Weiss for their multimedia project on human rights. HeĀ is Vice-President, former President, of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms and its US affiliate, the Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy; Vice-President, Federation Internationale des ligues des Droits de l’Homme; and a Vice-President of theĀ Center for Constitutional Rights. Here is more information about him.

As we spoke with Peter he mentioned that the time he spent in Africa is still most memorable and so I decided to incorporate in the portrait hisĀ favouriteĀ art piece he brought home from there.

Portrait of a graphic designer (with a touch of fun)

It was a really easy going photo session at Stephen’s house. He is a very bright and creative person and despite he needed just a plain headshot I went to doing it with a little funny twist in post-production in terms of background. Which I believe looks just great for something like facebook profile and other social media usage. Of course I gave him a version with simple white background for more serious purposes too :)

portrait photograph of a young man in a light blue shirt on a blue pattern background

Headshot of Stephen Turbek, graphic designer

Portrait in interior of a designer / decorator

Portrait of a young woman in a living room sitting on a coach

Portrait of Helaina Bernstein

Portraiture session of NYC based interior designer and decorator Helaina Bernstein on-location in Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Corporate headshot portrait

It’s always easy to do portraits of a person with outstanding personality. That was the case :)

I was hired for a corporateĀ headshot portraiture session, because Scott needed new headshots for his upcoming publication. We did it on-location at their office’s library, which was just the right spot for the look he was after.

Corporate Headshot on-location of a lawyer

portrait of an attorney in library

Scott G. Kaufman is the principal of Crowley & Kaufman, P.C. His practice focuses primarily on Queens County Surrogateā€™s Court matters. These matters include estate litigation, estate administration and will contests. Scott G. Kaufman also handles all matters relating to Guardianships pursuant to Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law. Scott has become a well known and well respected practitioner in both Surrogateā€™s Court Practice and Guardianship.

Don’t shoot

This was just a test-shot, another part of my ongoing project about uniforms. Fun, fast and easy-going photo session on-location in a basement :) We will obviously work on this theme though, I would like to have more action in the image of course.

Portrait of a man in uniform with flash light

Not a cop but in this uniform looks cool

Just quick ‘strobist’ info behind the image:

one 580ex2 blue-gelled behind him in the boiler room, 1/16;

another one 580ex2 gridded on his face, camera right, 1/16.

F8, 1/160 sec.

Portrait of an interior designer

This week was like week of interior designers’ portraits :) – I did 2 of them. This was the first job on that week,Ā beautiful and talented Alicia, really great interior designer, withĀ multi-years experience.

We were about to shoot both indoor and in Central Park at first, bit on the day of photoshoot the weather was quite windy so we dropped the idea of shooting outdoor (November in NYC is always Ā tricky).

I think we got the great imagery despite the space was a little bit too tight so we couldn’t get full-body portrait, but it wasn’t my plan anyway. I quite like the incoming light and those birds in behind the windows :)

The whole light-colored interior was quite good setup for Alicia’s blonde hair also.

Interior designer' portrait

Portrait of Manhattan-based interior designer

Alicia also is an avid traveler (looks to me she has lived all around the Europe), and she has done an international design jobs as well.

Portrait of a designer for business profile, promotional materials and magazines

Portrait with travel memorabilia

Children ballet headshots

That was extremely funny and easygoing photosession once. Ā It happened during rehearsals at Russian Brighton Ballet School in Brooklyn. I simply fixed paper seamless backdrop to a wall and set a couple of strobes, one in a softbox and another one shooting through white umbrella.

Girls were doing the rest of my job, except pressing the button maybe :) But at some moment I found them photographing each other with point and shoot cameras on my backdrop, they were definitely having fun.

Portrait of a girl in a costume on white background in studio

Isn't she bright? Posing in a studio-like setup.

Girl ballet dancer posing at Russian Brighton Ballet School

Excellent model! She knew perfectly how and what to do in front of camera.

5-minute headshot

At the end of another very long day I still had some juice and lights set ready :) And there were a couple of cool guys helping us with running the photoshoot whom I wanted to photograph. Luckily for me they were interested.

So I just used one rather big softbox for a swift 3-minutes sessions for both Anvil and Carl. I kinda like the result šŸ˜‰

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Fashion lookbook – great team of professionals

It was a very long and fast-moving fashion lookbook photoshoot. The team was working together for the first time and I hope we will have a chance to work again, I like the result very much!

Thanks to all:

Make-up and Hair – Wenya Chang – amazing work, all images you’ll see here are NOT touched for any skin or hair issues (and mostly straight out of the camera, just basic level/contrast/sharpening adjustments). During the whole shoot Wenya was all the time doing the right stuff in the right moment. No need to ask her – she fixes a problem before you see it.

Model – Micaela Piccolo – extremely professional and hard-working, I admire her because she almost couldn’t stand at the end of the very hard day but was able to smile! And what a smile she has!!! :)

And to me she has that look of Monica Bellucci – check the pictures below for yourself šŸ˜‰

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Fashion long dress photography in studio photo session

Fashion portrait of a young girl wearing long black dress and leaning against a red brick wall

Portrait photography session for local Boyscout’s Den Leaders

My son loves to be a boyscout (cubscout actually, but… being Webelos II and looking to get to boyscouts next year he could be considered a boyscout already, right šŸ˜‰ ) So I usually spend Fri nights with scouts of Pack 106. And watching the efforts our Den leaders put to work with kids I realize that they actually are just parents like me. And they are tired after working a whole week, and would probably prefer to stay home and watch TV or relax in nay other way….

So I thought that taking their headshots to put them on our Pack web-site could be some way of showing appreciation. So I did it last week. Unfortunately not all leaders were there so hopefully we will continue in the new year.

And it was great fun though šŸ˜‰

portrait of Eric - Boyscouts of America Pack 106 Leader

portrait of Eric - Boyscouts of America Pack 106 Leader

portrait photograph of Mark - Den Leader

portrait photograph of Mark - Den Leader

portrait of a Den Leader

portrait of a Den Leader

portrait photograph of Laura - Webelos II Den Leader

portrait photograph of Laura - Webelos II Den Leader

headshot of Yolanda - Webelos II Deb Leader

headshot of Yolanda - Webelos II Deb Leader

headshot of a Den Leader

headshot of a Den Leader

portrait photograph of a Den Leader

portrait photograph of a Den Leader

Portrait photography of the actor Eric Jaeger

“Eric Jaeger is a recent transplant to NYC from Akron, OH via Pittsburgh.

Favorite credits include Contact, Romeo y Julieta, Michael Rupert’s Streets of America and the film In Northwood. Most recently, Eric was seen in Dixon Place/The Living Theater’s Salome! A Veiled Threat, puppeteering the infamous Muffy the Talking Vagina.”

portrait on-stage

portrait on-stage

scared portrait

scared portrait

staging portrait photograph

staging portrait photograph

portrait of gigolo

portrait of an actor

Dr. Frankenstein’s modern portraiture

Close-up portrait of Doctor Frankenstein

Close-up portrait of Doctor Frankenstein

“NYC debut!

Joseph is coming off the heels, so to speak, of playing Frank Furter in The Rocky Horror Show at the Cultural Arts Playhouse in Long Island. Regional credits include Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Lumiere in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Sir Walter Raleigh in The Lost Colony.

Directing credits: Prayer (2008 FringeNYC), Loot, Corpus Christi, Bent, and wouldn’t you know it, The Diary of Anne Frank.Ā ”

portrait photograph, mystery, evil, dangerous look

portrait photograph, mystery, evil, dangerous look

devilsh and dangerous

devilsh and dangerous

dangerous but shy monster

dangerous but shy monster

regular headshot in red

regular classic headshot in red

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANKENSTEIN stars 3-time Glammy and HX Drag Queen of the Year nominee, Mimi Imfurst, and the legendary Lavinia Co-Op, with Joseph Beuerlein, Jessica Caplan, Geoffrey Borman, Eric Jaeger and Ryan Feyk as the head of Adolf Hitler.”

Headshots with actor Joe Beuerlein

What can be better than to meet lovely autumn morning in Central Park? We started a headshot/portrait session at 7.30am with the actor Joseph Beuerlein when the sun was still behind skyscrapers. And we were watching as it goes upper and coloring the trees and waking up the park.

Morning headshot photo session

Morning headshot photo session

Portrait of a young man, actor

Portrait of a young man, actor

On-location photography session in the park

On-location photography session in the park

Morning sun on 5th Ave

Morning sun on 5th Ave

Theatrical portrait session of drag queen Lavinia Co-op

Lavinia Co-op aka Vincent Meehan was Martha Graham and Ballet trained at L.S.C.D. in the U.K.

He has performed in New York since the 1980’s as a founding member of the legendary Bloolips, an all male, gay, English music hall drag theatre troupe. Bloolips shows include Lust in Space, Sticky Buns, Living Leg-ends and later Bland Motel, Get Hur and Island of Lost Shoes.

Portrait photograph of Lavinia Co-op as The Diary of Anne Frankenstein

Portrait photograph of Lavinia Co-op as Diary of Anne Frankenstein

Diary talknig

Diary talknig

Portrait session of actor Geoffrey Borman

“Geoffrey Borman is a recent graduate of the Boston University School of Theatre. He also received training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.

Geoffrey has appeared in such shows as, Romeo and Juliet, The Country Wife, The Weavers, Playing for Time, Tartuffe, and A Series of Small Doors. He is excited to be a part of such a kooky project as The Diary of Anne Frankenstein.”

Geoffrey Borman as Fritz

Geoffrey Borman as Fritz

Portrait photography of a young actor

Portrait photography of a young actor

Portrait of Fritz-Gollum character

Portrait of Fritz-Gollum character

Singing Italian

It was just wonderful weather today and I had a great on-location outdoor photo session with gorgeous Maristella. She is a singer and song-writer, I found her voice charming – you may check it on her web-site.

We worked on her promotional photographs during the session and regular headshots as well. Easy job considering that fact that she was posing for the portraits so professionally as if she spent whole life in front of photo camera :)

Portrait of Maristella - singer and song-writer

Portrait of Maristella - singer and song-writer

Portrait of Maristella - singer, musician, song-writer

Portrait of Maristella - singer, musician, song-writer

Headshot of Maristella - singer and musician

Headshot of Maristella - singer and musician

Jump up high

Here is another photo session for a model photography portfolio. I was mostly about to get some portrait with fashion-style lighting though :)

Besides Anthony was just great – I can recommend him as a model absolutely. He is ready to work, very professional and knows what to do…

Traditional portrait

Traditional portrait

Fashion-style portrait

Fashion-style portrait

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Jump up high

Jump up high

Male model portrait photography

Strobist info:

done with just 2 bare Speedlites 580EX. Back light and spot light with homemade barns sometime.

Old story

It was a great photoshoot around the idea given by a client – reference to somewhat old pictures of Robert Downey Jr.

Amir was just an excellent model! He is not an actor but he was absolutely photogenic and didn’t need any direction for posing at all…

Smoking cool

Young man smoking cigarette

I'm quit

Young man smoking

Movie set

Young man with a cigarette

What do you mean?

Young man smoking cigarette, v-sign, f-sign

Walking-smoking

Young man smoking cigarette while walking

Just regular headshot

Headshot of a young man smiling, half-body

Retro movie

Great model and great place for headshot photography session – rooftop with a view to Manhattan, couldn’t be better!

Headshots in DUMBO

Hasini

Headshot of a young man, new actor in the dusk, Manhattan Bridge on the backgraound

Between bridges

Headshot of a young man, new actor in the dusk, Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges in the backgraound

Hasini

Closeup headshot of a young black man