Headshots being shot outdoors is nothing new. The cinematic headshot style has become quite popular… especially the work of photographers Dylan Patrick and Christian Webb (both of whom I’m greatly inspired by). Their style however still makes use heavy of studio lighting… which isn’t what I was after.
I wanted to see if I could viably make a headshot work with only me, my model, and a camera.
And I know it’s been done. Recently in truth… a fellow Headshot Crew Associate, Mike Sansone, shared a session where natural light worked out amazing.
For me however this was entirely new territory. So while I knew it was possible, it one on my part but a challenge and an experiment.
I reached out to my friend Kaitlyn, a local actress here in North Bay. We’ve worked together a few times, her previous headshot being part of the portfolio that made me one of Peter Hurley’s associates. I knew she was capable of the look I wanted, which was awesome become it left me only the light to contend with.
I think we killed it personally. She looks amazing… striking against the different backdrops. We tried a few things… not everything worked… but what did I love. And I feel like I learned a lot.
Of course we made a bit of time to do some modeled portraits as well. Pushing into this new style I use every opportunity provided to get in a little practise. I’m still not used to having such minimal control over the light… I need to better learn how to manipulate what the environment supplies me.
I certainly love the freedom that comes with carrying no gear. We could walk around downtown, try different places, find cool locations. We had a great time, and thanks to Kaitlyn allowing me the room to practise without expectation, I believe I walked away a better photographer.
And I know we got some amazing photos out of the session. So crazy happy with everying you're viewing here.