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Teen's Acting Portfolio Photos

One of my clients in Princeton has a teenage son who is an actor and needed his headshots done. She called me up, we met, and it was an absolutely gorgeous winter day. I mean it has been a highly unusual season with barely any snow. It was windy with a chill to the air, but the sun was out. We had chatted earlier about what he should wear, then we went to the Princeton University campus, which was not that far from their home. With kids, you don't want artificial lighting if at all possible. The only lighting you see is natural sun with a reflector to bring in the light to his face, that's it. I gave him direction on how to pose, so that I could get the best angles and we talked, joked around so that I could get natural expressions from him including some to see if he could be serious while still being himself. We did a variety of poses, headshots, and quarter length body.

Afterwards, his father joined us and I did a quick shot of the three of them, and of course some with just him and each of his parents. I believe in giving a little as a thank you.

He has a talent agent in NYC, so I'm hope that these worked out for him. Good luck and thank you!

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Princeton University Campus Business Portraits

Panagiota needed headshots for her business as a Limbic Life Coach.

We discuss over the phone what she is looking for, and then on the day of the shoot, I meet her at her home. We go over her waredrobe that we have discussed earlier and finalize it, including her shoes and jewelry. I wanted everything to go with her bubbly and warm personality!

When we talked, it was decided that we would go onto Princeton University's campus. It's literally down the street from her and only about 30 minutes from where I live and 15 minutes from my private, parochial school, Notre Dame HS. So I'm familiar with parts of the campus and the town. But, since I had camera gear with me, we took my car and luck was on our side because we got a parking spot right across the street from where we wanted to be!

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onlocationbusinessportraitbyDeirdreRyanPhotography

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I used my Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L non-IS lens coupled with my Canon Mark 5D III for the entire photoshoot. I love the compression that I get with this lens for portraits. For the first shots, I used 2 Westcott Rapid boxes, and set my Canon flashes to shoot in wireless mode and in HSS, so that I could shoot with a shallow depth of field and with a higher shutter speed. 

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Then she went and did a quick change of her clothes and we did some natural light shots. Once again, I only used my Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L non-IS lens with my Canon Mark 5D III. 

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As we were walking back to the car, she really loved this bronze sculpture. At first, I wasn't too sure if you were allowed to sit inside of it or not. But then we saw a few people doing that. So we decided to go for it, and as you can see, the images below are gorgeous. All natural light, once again, just my Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L non-IS lens coupled with my Canon Mark 5D III. 

We had such a blast! And of course there happened to be a LOT of people and teens on a open house tour of the campus I think. It was really crazy. We kept each other laughing the entire time, then it started to get really hot, and by then we had our shots. I like to work quickly whenever possible for the comfort of my clients.

Being different works and I'm happy to say that we are now friends, she and I. This happens quite often and is another reason why I love my career! Thank you so very much! 

Are you look for something different?  Do you have the caliber of images that agencies are looking for to help you with your marketing? I can help you by looking at your images to see what's right about them. Contact me and let's set up an appointment.

Summertime's Here, Perfect for Outdoor Headshots!

The past couple of months have been a bit hectic for me. Last year I booked 2 weddings for the month of May of 2016, and in between those weddings I have been busy with my family, networking, a portrait session, and testing some lighting techniques. Also school’s out so those of use with children you know how things are now. Keeping our kids busy while working and having fun ourselves too. I no longer do weddings like that anymore, but they were wonderful and beautiful! I have been having fun with using a cinematic type of technique for my clients that I can use for their headshot. We can shoot outdoors, almost anywhere and have our normal fun time but the effect is just gorgeous. I was just on Princeton University campus last week with a client and we did a combination of this a natural light for her’s and I can’t wait to show you them!

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The following were kind enough to sit for me after a networking breakfast meeting at Fedora’s Cafe in Lawrenceville, NJ. Please take a look at the the links for their businesses and let them know that you saw their headshot on my site. Thank you :) Karen Hodges Miller-PUBLISHER-Open Door Publications

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A Christmas Party for Glen Eagle and Circle Black At The Trenton Country Club

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Right before Christmas, I was asked to photograph the Glenn Eagle and Circle Black Holiday party at the Trenton Country Club. They needed some photos of  the exterior of the building, the room where the party was going to held, their employees in the beautifully decorated front lobby of the club, and then formal and fun group shots of the two groups and formal headshots of everyone.

After everyone had their headshot photo taken, it was time for the two group shots. First it was Circle Black and then Glen Eagle.  They wanted a formal and then a fun pose.  The problem we encountered was that it being Christmas, everywhere you looked, it was decorated. Except for this one single wall in the Grand Ballroom.  It worked well and these were the last shots of the night.

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Below are some behind the scenes shots taken by my husband who is also my assistant and business partner.

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Thank you to everyone at Glenn Eagle and Circle Black for letting me be there for your party and to do your headshots. We all had a lot of fun that night!

Real Estate Headshots

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This gentleman gave me a call one late afternoon. He started a new career in real estate and needed a headshot like.....yesterday to be added to his new business cards and marketing materials. I called him back, gave him my quote, and he met me at my home. I didn't have time to get to the studio so I set everything up in my living room. We had a lot of laughs, I took a lot of great shoots. I helped him to pick out the best one and we agreed on one you see below. As you can see it was a great shot. He was very happy with the results of the shoot, I got them to him that very night. His co-workers were pleased with what I did as well. 

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The one above and below I also liked, but not as much as the one he and I both liked the best, the one at the very top of the page. Not everyone can rock a full face front image, but his facial features allowed this.

I used used my Canon Mark 5D III and the Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L lens and the Westcott X-Drop for the background. Three Dynalite strobes with a reflector bounce below him. Just a simple setup, the shoot lasted maybe 20 minutes.

My advice to everyone who is a business professional, do not use a cell phone to take your next headshot to represent yourself to your clients. If you're concerned with your image, come see me to have the look of your marketing brand done right the first time.