Out Takes & Behind The Scenes Orlando Photo Shoot

Today I am sharing a behind the scenes headshot photography session with a contact sheet of all of the RAW images to see the progression of the shoot.

I’ll be showing you how small shifts in posture and getting the right angles really create a big impact. In this post I’ll also share with you the image I selected as my new headshot and what I did in post processing to truly transform it.

Subject = me

Photographer = me….

Confused yet?

Read on!

It all starts with wanting to update my headshot. I had been using the same one on my LinkedIn for many years and knew it was time for a refresh.

I needed a photo that said, “I’m a Photographer”

I only had about 20 minutes to get these done, so I quickly set up a spot in front of a window in my studio, and draped fabric behind me as a backdrop. I find that the most flattering light from a window is when you directly face it.

I made certain that my makeup was on point, hair was done and so were my nails.

I wanted a chic color palette, so I kept with silver, ivory, black and red. Since I recently had my nails polished, I made sure that my lipstick did not clash.

People often ask what to wear once they book their photo shoot and I always say pick a color you feel confident in and a style that flatters your figure. I love this ivory blouse and it is one of the pieces in my work capsule wardrobe. I rotate between 3 pairs of pants, a black jumpsuit and a handful of tops. My work wardrobe color palette is typically black, white, blue and red (with some exceptions)

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This is the setup. You really don’t need a huge amount of space to get the results as long as you have great lighting and a tripod. You can use a timer on your camera, a remote or connect your camera to a laptop.

This is the setup. You really don’t need a huge amount of space to get the results as long as you have great lighting and a tripod. You can use a timer on your camera, a remote or connect your camera to a laptop.

In the photo below, I am starting to get the composition and pose down, but still haven’t fine tuned it yet.

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I realize I like the way I am holding the camera, but need to tweak my pose a little and also move further back to get more of me in the frame of the photo.

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So now I am a little further back and just have to position my face and body at the right angles.

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Now that I know where I need to be, I just have to work on the pose itself.

This is where some self awareness comes in handy.

I realize that when I smile or laugh, I have the tendency towards a double chin. The best way to remedy that is to push your face forward and down to elongate the neck.

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I still have a double chin here….but….NOT.FOR.LONG!

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YES!! This is the pose. Face is forward and down just a bit and it is a subtle shift that makes a BIG impact!

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Npw that I am ready to edit….I crop the image and edit it for color, and contrast in Lightroom and brighten the backdrop on the left (see original image to compare)

We are close to a finished edited image.

However, there are a few elements to take care of. I export the image to Photoshop to take care of those.

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There you have it. A quick photo session and the result is a perfectly polished clean, crisp and modern headshot.

Interested in booking your own session? Head on over here for more information. Questions or comments? Leave them below. Thanks for reading.

XO

Share your knowledge. Beginner's photography class: Take Better Photos & Get Out Of Auto

It has always been a dream of mine to teach. Before attending college I was split between becoming a teacher or pursuing photography. I'll spare you all the details, but I followed my bliss, and have a BFA in Creative Photography from the University of Florida. 

When the teacher is ready, the student appears. Ok maybe that's not how the saying goes, but it's how it happened for me. I kept having conversations with people that had cameras and didn't really know how to use them. They had spent a good amount of money on these cameras and wanted to be able to take photos on vacation, or of their families, or just of the beauty in the world--they wanted the skills that I have cultivated over many years of education and practice.

This my friends was a problem that I could solve! So here's how it went, I organized a beginner's photography class: Take Better Photos & Get Out Of Auto

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The 6 week course's home base was in Orlando's Antique district,  Ivanhoe Village at a shop called Bluebonnet. We also met up at Washburn Imports to switch up the scenery a bit and Foxtail Coffee in Winter Park.

Each of the students happened to all own Nikon cameras, and even though I own a Canon, I do have experience shooting with Nikon too. so regardless of camera brand; each student was able to learn what it takes to properly expose an image!

Exploring depth of field and composition Photo by student Jen D'ambra

Exploring depth of field and composition Photo by student Jen D'ambra

In case you don't know, exposure is based on the combination of ISO, F Stop (aka Aperture) and Shutter Speed- the 3 elements that allow light into the camera. (read more about exposure here

Experimenting with long shutter speeds and panning. Photo by student Frank Paradiso

Experimenting with long shutter speeds and panning. Photo by student Frank Paradiso

Playing with neon lights at night. Photo by Student Kimberly Chiozza Bridges

Practicing composition and white balance techniques. Photo by student Kimberly Chiozza Bridges

once a week we met and talked about these elements, experimented with the settings, became familiar with our cameras, and had fun taking photos in manual mode with varying lighting situations.

Exploring leading lines and depth of field. Photo by student Kimberly Chiozza Bridges

Every student received hands on learning experience with their cameras in class and had mini homework assignments to help reinforce what they learned! 

Playing with mirrors. photo by student Frank Paradiso

Playing with mirrors. photo by student Frank Paradiso

Practicing with depth of field. photo by student Frank Paradiso

Practicing with depth of field. photo by student Frank Paradiso

Experimenting with long shutter speeds and panning. Photo by student Jen D'ambra

By the end of the course, each student became more familiar using their cameras, and were taking better photos. The student's progress was impressive! (Look at all these cool photos they took in class.)  

Practice with capturing the light as our eyes see it. photo by student Jen D'ambra

Practice with capturing the light as our eyes see it. photo by student Jen D'ambra

So if you would like to learn more about exposure and how to use your camera, come join me for my next Beginner's Photography class starting October 1st.

In the class you will learn about proper exposure, white balance, composition and how to change the settings on your camera. Get out of auto and into Manual mode! 

 

XO,

Kimberly

 

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