As an actor myself, I put my skills to use behind the camera. I joined SAG back in 2002, so I’ve paid for my fair share of headshot sessions. I always dreaded it .. the pressure, the money commitment, the awkward process of posing and feeling stiff. I thought there had to be a better way, and maybe I could be the photographer that could do it differently.
In 2007, I bought a camera and started snapping everything I could that seemed interesting. While studying at Howard Fine, I photographed my actor friends. Soon, word spread and I found myself with a business on my hands.
Over the past 11 years, I’ve been fortunate enough to shoot with some amazing actors. Some just starting out, some world famous. One thing thing that most or all have in common … they’re all a little bit uncomfortable when they first get in front of the camera. Over the years, I’ve developed a technique that brings a lightness to the shoot. It becomes more like an enjoyable day shooting a fun project, than a pressure-filled headshot session.
My job isn’t simply to press a button. Anyone can do that. A headshot has to grab attention. If you’re uncomfortable or self conscious in real life, people will see it in the photo. I direct as I shoot. We get into character. We forget about the pressure and we do what you were meant to do … create art. Make people feel something. That’s my goal with every shoot.
I’m a lucky man to have been able to do this for 11 amazing years. Thanks for visiting.
_ jeff e