Tuesday, October 20, 2009


, originally uploaded by Rachel McCauley.
Jennifer Damon, a lovely voice over actress here in LA, asked me to shoot some headshots for her. I had never done them before so I was nervous yet excited.

With my Canon 40D, 50mm f/1.8 and lovely assistants in tow we headed over to the North Hollywood park. I shot a few there, but the lighting was a bit difficult and the backgrounds were a bit too busy for me even though I was shooting her with an aperture of f/2.8 to f/4.

So, we headed across the street to a church and a school. There I was able to find not so busy backgrounds in the different types of brick walls. Plus, the lighting was better since we were getting some from the sun bouncing off the concrete sidewalk.

All in all, I think our biggest issue was the wind. The day wasn't too windy but it was windy enough to blow her hair astray here and there. I noticed afterwards on my computer that many of the shots had just one stray hair in front of her eyes and not knowing Photoshop it pretty much rendered it unusable.  Thank goodness I took many that day.

Also, there was a bum who tried to buy her clothes but that's another story. ;D

I thank Jenn for giving me this opportunity. I had so much fun during the shoot and in the editing process as well. Not that I had to do much editing. She is so photogenic and knew exactly how to pose and what she wanted out of the shoot that she made my job easy. She also taught me a lot about what photographers should know when taking headshots. Who knows? Maybe this could become a regular gig.

Let's hope so!

Here is a slideshow of more from that day.

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