A few months ago, I received a super sweet email from an actress named Jenna asking about a headshot session. It was the height of wrapping up one of the busiest wedding months of the year, with family sessions quickly filling up any empty spaces I had available, so when I emailed back letting her know that my next opening was about a month out, I thought for sure I’d be passing along some names of my awesome colleagues. So when Jenna’s response was, “that’s great, I’ll take it!”, it completely made my day! I was even more happy that the rain that came through the area that day just barely held off long enough to fit Jenna’s session in. Jenna is the sweetest, most easy going actor I’ve worked with to date, and throughout the session I saw flashes of some great actresses like Anne Hathaway, Julia Roberts, Tina Fey, all wrapped up in this one beautiful face! I can’t wait to see the great things Jenna has in store for her career. Thanks for an awesome session, Jenna!
This has been quite the whirlwind of a summer – I can’t believe fall starts next week! While I love the fall (especially fall weddings!), I will certainly miss the hot days of summer, much like the summer day that I met Matthew for a head shot session. I am pretty sure the temperature this day was somewhere around “surface of the sun” degrees, and Matthew stayed as cool as a cucumber for his head shots. You’d never know how much we were aching for a cool breeze. (It never came, for the record.) Keep your eyes peeled for this guy, folks, this actor (who totally reminded me of a young Ethan Embry with WAY cooler hair) is going places! Looking forward to seeing you on the big screen soon, Matthew!
Happy weekend, folks! I figured I’d kick it off with another headshot session before I fill the blog with all things wedding throughout the rest of the year! This headshot session was with the tallest actor at Blue Man Group in Boston, Brian Tavener. (I’m not tall by any means, but I barely reach Brian’s shoulders, and he still has height on me even with my step stool!) Brian has, quite possibly, one of the most calming demeanors about him out of anyone I’ve ever met. While we meandered though the streets of Harvard Square in Cambridge, I was struck by how genuine and open Brian was to everyone we came across. And on top of all of that, he is just amazingly easy to photograph. But you don’t have to take my word on that, see for yourself!
When I asked Brian what it’s like for him being a Blue Man, he explained how for him, it’s not really acting at all, and that the blue “mask” really essentially gives him the unwavering permission to be able to be himself, and be curious about everything, without caution. After that, I took notice of just how curious Brian was about everyone we met, and even the sounds of Harvard Square itself, including dancing a bit to the sounds of a crosswalk signal (which totally put a smile on my face). “I’m a Blue Man right now, it’s just me. Sometimes I forget that some of this stuff is weird when I’m not blue. I don’t really care though.”
I’m not sure what I said here that was funny, and this most definitely wouldn’t be considered a headshot, but this really does sum up Brian’s personality.
Amidst all of our conversations, Brian mentioned how he absolutely loves to juggle, so naturally, we took a few shots of him rocking it out. I have true admiration for anyone who can juggle. I’ve tried, and it’s probably for the best (for everyone’s safety!) that I stick with photos…
This series makes me smile. Brian mentioned how being so calm probably wasn’t making for as fun of a session as some of the other guys (which is totally false, for the record!), so he decided on catching me off guard with popping out a model face, duck lips and all!
Brian, thank you for an awesome shoot! Have a wonderful time on tour! For those of my readers who haven’t seen the show and may not live near Boston, check out the Blue Man Group North American tour page, and see Brian (and Mike!) on the road!
It’s time for another headshot session! This time, I spent a bit of time with Mike Brown, another actor that I met during my time over at the Charles Playhouse with Blue Man Group. We spent a very chilly afternoon over at Larz Anderson park in Brookline, one of my favorite places to shoot. After getting to know Mike outside of being blue for about five minutes, I knew this would be a fun shoot. I asked how he ended up as a Blue Man, and his response was “I saw the show, and pretty much freaked out. I was totally one of those people that I’m just a little bit afraid of now!” And from there, we had fun with it.
Right when I started shooting, to loosen up a little bit, Mike looked me dead in the eye with the most serious look on his face and said “Tell me a joke.” I admit it, I totally choked! I had absolutely nothing. I can only imagine the look on my face while I ran through my mind coming up with a total blank. I’m pretty sure that look was funnier than any joke I could have come up with, so Mike told me one of his own instead.
What did the detective say when the Eskimo was found guilty of murder?
I may not have come up with a joke right away, but I think I did a pretty good job at keeping Mike laughing! (Or maybe he was totally entertaining himself with his own facial expressions and “smiling like a real boy”, but I guess you’ll never know…)
This series cracks me up. Mike smiles. A lot. It’s really hard impossible to not be smiling around him. I told Mike to give me a nice strong stance and stare, and when he did, naturally I told him he was doing great! This affirmation immediately triggered a smirk, to a smile, to full blown excitement.
But enough behind the scenes, and on to Mike’s actual headshots. Throughout the whole session, Mike rocked his brand new glasses. They suit him very well, don’t you think?
Next time I’m shooting someone who wants to hear a joke, what should it be? Leave yours in the comments below! Best joke wins a $20 Starbucks gift card! (Congratulations to Leah who already won, but feel free to keep leaving jokes, they’re great!)
Thanks for a wonderfully fun shoot, Mike! Keep on smiling! :)
It’s been quiet on the blog lately, so I figured it’s time to catch you up on what has been keeping me busy lately, outside of spending lots of time with my lovely couples who are about to or just have tied the knot.
Meet Greg Balla, a dashing and handsome actor that you most definitely have seen on the blog before. Don’t recognize him? You shouldn’t. Confused? Click here. The last image of this post is a dead giveaway.
When Greg decided to join me (after a slight scheduling mishap) for a headshot session, I was pumped. Not only is Greg a permanent cast member at Blue Man Group, he can be found on Boston’s live theater scene, most recently in “By The Way, Meet Vera Stark”.
Greg is a wonderful actor, a great singer, and generally just an awesome person to spend time with. An hour quickly turned into two, as we enjoyed Beacon Hill in the spring between shots. I could listen to Greg talk all day, not only because he’s great to talk to, but his theatrical voice is just wonderful. Greg has a very genuine and gentle air about him, with probably friendliest eyes I’ve seen to date (yes, eyes can be friendly). I teased Greg a bit at how easily he would slide into being his blue self, constantly giving me almost a smirk, without giving me any idea of what sort of what sort of mischief he might be brewing up. While Greg kept a very dapper demeanor for his head shots, here’s some proof of two things: 1) Greg is a (self-proclaimed) professional wall leaner, and 2) I always have fun with my clients, and can be pretty funny, if I do say so myself.
This is nothing but top-notch wall leaning. Thanks for a great session, Greg, I can’t wait to see your next performance!