I know right now I am talking to actors. Some of you are new, some are seasoned, so this may be redundant. What I’m going to say this may sound like I am telling you how to breath. Well, this blog could be called “Teach me how to breath” . Breathing is life. You’d be surprised at how many ways there are to breath incorrectly. When you breath incorrectly you can become nervous and unbalanced,tense, stressed, tired, loose brain power ,and die. Well, you can’t really die from breathing incorrectly but I Googled everything else. Why am I talking so much about breathing? You might be asking yourself that right about now, or you may have figured out that I am about to talk about how to simply “SHOW UP” in your photos.
In the last month, I must confess, I have photographed many actors who were buried in “Things they were supposed to achieve at this session,” and notes from their agents, managers,and acting teachers . They say things like, I need a profile picture, another one that is intense, that breaks the fourth wall and is hilarious . Or, I need a photo that pops, one that will “take you to the next level”. An intense terrorist who wears a bright red shirt. Show your physique and be sexy, but don’t wear anything tight or revealing. Give me seductress like the girls wearing smokey eye shadow, but don’t wear smokey eye shadow. Give me dark and edgy but don’t wear dark colors. Make sure you are photographed under a bridge . Only shoot with your head slightly tilted to the right. Give me a blank canvas. Do not be specific. WHAT?! These are actual notes I have gotten, crazy right?
So, to start with you may need to hire a translator to figure out how to “Pop”,or how to show your physique in a baggy top? I am serious when I say, I get instructions every day that are more confusing than putting together an item from Ikea.
Well, search no more for that translator. I am here at no extra cost, woohoo! Here are a few examples. Show your physique without wearing anything (Too) tight, translates as, “Do not wear bike racing clothes, spandex, or anything an 80’s street walker would wear, or anything “too tight”) To show your body the clothes have to fit correctly.