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
But wife disagreed and said that I’m absolutely not like this portrait because I’m soft and smiley
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.
I always enjoy working with creative people, and this time was no exclusion!
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 of Repose, which presents chamber music exclusively for private events at smaller venues. 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.
That was an assignment from St. John’s College to photograph Peter Weiss for their multimedia project on human rights. He 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 the 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 his favourite art piece he brought home from there.
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
Portraiture session of NYC based interior designer and decorator Helaina Bernstein on-location in Upper West Side of Manhattan.
It’s always easy to do portraits of a person with outstanding personality. That was the case
I was hired for a corporate 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.
Scott G. Kaufman is the principal of Crowley & Kaufman, P.C. His practice focuses primarily on Queens County Surrogate’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 Surrogate’s Court Practice and Guardianship.
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.
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.
This week was like week of interior designers’ portraits – I did 2 of them. This was the first job on that week, beautiful and talented Alicia, really great interior designer, with 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 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.
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.
That was extremely funny and easygoing photosession once. 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.
This was a headshot portrait session with a well-known composer Andy Mendelson in Lower Manhattan.
We started at his apartment, played a guitar a little bit trying to achieve that ‘moment of creativity’ look and then came out toward beautiful morning light.
To be mobile I used just a couple of Canon Speedlites indoor and only one strobe shooting through softbox when outdoor on-location. The softbox was handheld by my assistant, who was also walking backward at times, parallel to Andy moving toward my camera – tricky part
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
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
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 ) 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
“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.”
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. ”
“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.”
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.
“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.
“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.”
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
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…
done with just 2 bare Speedlites 580EX. Back light and spot light with homemade barns sometime.
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…