As a child, having my school photograph taken filled me with fear.
That experience came in handy when I became a school photographer. Aware of how nerve-racking it was I took the time to coach the kids, helping them relax so that we would both be happy with the result. The problem with this was that it took much longer than it should have done and when you’re photographing up to 500 children in one session you tend to leave as the caretaker is locking up the school.
Now that I photograph actors for their portfolio I use these same methods of engagement to build a relationship where we are can discuss ideas and obtain great results in a variety of textures and colours in line with current Spotlight and agency website trends. The anxiety of meeting a photographer in a new environment combined with performance nerves where no script or costume is present can be uncomfortable so my job is to welcome, relax and guide my actor clients and to harness that nervous energy into creating productive results.
My studio is located centrally close to the Museum. A headshots session would see me working both with studio lights indoors and outdoors in naturally lit urban situations.