I guess it shouldn't come as any surprise that a town bursting with creativity should have such a plethora of performing arts. Singing, acting, dancing, Portland is well, bursting, with it. And for this year's Artslandia Performing Arts Guide, NashCO got up close and personal with quite a few of them. We decided it would be cool to craft behind-the-scenes looks for each of the groups we photographed. Which sounds so easy, right? Notice I said craft, not capture. Turns out, creating images that look happened upon is a hell of a lot harder than just happening upon them. But then again they are lit a lot better too. I think I could literally feel my brain working at each assignment: location scouting, art directing, people directing, and then of course, actually pushing the shutter. Let's just say this project taught us a lot about how to bring an editorial vision to life. Turns out the answer is gesticulating, lots of gesticulating. And duct tape. And bourbon.
portland commercial photographer
NashCO has been enjoying doing a lot of corporate headshots these days, professional people looking, well, professional. Peter Hurley, headshot photographer extraordinaire, has a whole prescribed method for making folks look as fabulous as possible. Some great tips there, which often boil down to us saying things like, "Think like a turtle, stick that forehead out....more, more.....really stick it out there. Feels weird, looks good!" These comments are often met with deep looks of skepticism, like we might be punking them. However, as we try to explain, the goal is a strong jawline, one that creates separation from your neck. Even if you're not getting your head shot by us anytime soon, that is no reason you can't still look amazing. So here are a few quick tips on us:
1. Stick your forehead out and chin down slightly (like I said....defined jawline). If you feel the skin around your neck stretching, you are doing it right.
2. Turn slightly to the side and dip the front shoulder. This gives you dimension and is slimming. You will also want to be standing up straight with your shoulders back, even if you are tall slouching does no one any good.
3. Find the light. It is your friend. (or ask us to create a lighting setup that is flattering)
4. Think open, happy, friendly thoughts....believe me, it will show.
There. Now you are camera ready, go forth and pose.