3 Tips for a Great Head Shot

For the past two years Matt Mead Photography, LLC has done its’ fair share of corporate head shot jobs. So, we’ve decided it’s time to make head shot portraits a staple in the LLC’s toolbox. 2016 started off with doing the corporate head shots for Mercer Cleveland, Mercer Pittsburgh, and LCBA in Erie. In order to expand my portfolio, the LLC is hosting an open house (Head Shots Happy Hour) and offering one free headshot to those who sign up. With our first event fast approaching, I thought it’d be a good time to share my tips for taking a headshot you’ll be proud to post.

Your head shot is the reflection of your professional persona, so you want it to make a stellar first impression. Based on what I’ve learned from my experience and Peter Hurley’s The Head Shot, here are some simple tips to be prepared to take your best head shot:

  1. Dress Appropriately – Keep in mind that potential employers, staff, or customers are going to see this and have this be their first impression of you. To quote Hurley, “You need to scream confidence and approachability!” That begins with clothing. Dress as you would when meeting a new client or going on a job interview. Choose an outfit that makes you feel good in a color that accentuates your eyes.
  2. Low-Key Hair and Makeup – As I mentioned in the first tip wear your hair and makeup like you would at work, regardless of your job. Now is not the time to try a new makeup or hair technique. Oh and eyebrows — there should be two distinct brows, PERIOD. Please don’t pluck them so thin they look like you drew them on with a Sharpie. They help accentuate your eyes.
  3. Relax and Have Fun – Above all else, just have fun with it. How often do you get to play act in front of a camera during your workday? Unless you’re an artist, actor or musician, I’m guessing not much. So just roll with it and enjoy yourself.

We’re excited for the open house.  Stay tuned for the results!!!!!

 

Portraits Under Pressure

It’s been an amazing start to 2016 for us here at Matt Mead Photography, LLC. Believe it or not, it’s a portrait session from last winter that I’m still super stoked about. It all started when a lovely LECOM student contacted us out of the blue to do a portrait session as a present to herself for her 25th birthday. We scheduled a time to meet the following day to discuss locations, date, and style. During the course of our conversation at Starbucks, it turns out Bernice has never had professional portraits done, which as you’ll see, I find very hard to believe. We found out her birthday was two weeks away – falling during the time we were scheduled to be on location out of the country. So we had 24 hours to plan and schedule the session in order to get her portraits to her in time. God, I love pressure!!

Not being too familiar with Erie, Bernice deferred to our judgment for locations. We ultimately decided on three local spots for the portrait session: Frontier Park, The Bicentennial Tower, and the Peach Street railroad underpass. The actual set up on the photography end of it was pretty simple: I used my Canon 6D, One Pro Master studio flash, with modifier and wireless trigger, a Paul C. Buff portable Lithium Power Pack and my 28-300mm L lens.

Our first stop was Frontier Park. Although we had what Erie would consider a “mild” winter with sunshine and minimal clouds, the temperatures were still chilly. Bernice was a trooper in her sundress and sandals! After my gear was all set up, I took an exposure of a bridge in the park after positioning Bernice to have the sun back light her. Then I asked her to walk towards the flash. Pic-1

Next, we moved to the pond on Cascade Creek in the park. Instead of glitter, I had her grab a handful of water and toss it toward me. Pic-2

Our second location moved along to the Bicentennial Tower on Dobbins Landing. Since the public restrooms were closed for the season, we draped a blanket over Bernice’s car so she could change in privacy. Again, this girl handled it all like a BOSS! When we reached the first landing of the tower, I asked her to just kind of relax while I set up and dialed in my settings. Well I guess I should ask that more often because we nailed it on the first try. Pic-3

After spending some quality time at the tower we moved to our third and final location, the Peach Street railroad under pass. For this spot, I had a specific image in mind I wanted to capture. However, a last minute outfit decision completely took my vision in another direction and I’m so glad it did! Pic-5 Pic-4 Pic-6

We’re excited with how these portraits turned out, as was Bernice. Just think what we could do with more than 24 hours to plan. Want to find out? Why not book your portrait session today? Contact us in the comments section below, via Facebook, Instagram, or our website.

Old Time Family Portraits

In 2015, Matt Mead Photography LLC shot more portrait sessions than we have in any of the previous years. Of these, there are two sessions that I am most proud of. In this post, we’ll showcase the first of these sessions we did  — the Witcoski family portraits for their Christmas cards.

The idea was born one evening over copious amounts of bourbon and wine. We half-jokingly came up with the idea of doing Norman Rockwell style family portraits with all the charm and splendor of the 1950’s. The session then took on a life of its own and we finally settled on how we wanted to set this up: a fire in the fire place, rocking chair, apple pie, dogs, and the whole nine yards.

I used my Canon 6D, two Pro Master studio flashes, with modifier and wireless triggers, and my 28-300mm L lens. As you can see, the actual set up on the photography end of it was pretty simple.setup

After it was all set up, I took an exposure of the set, with fire burning brightly in the fireplace and then asked the “models” to take their positions. Once everyone was in place, we brought in the dogs and began the session.pic-1pic-2pic-3pic-4

The family asked for the final images to be digitally “aged” to give it a more authentically 1950’s feel. So using Adobe Photoshop CC for my initial post, I aged them using the On1 Perfect Photo Suite version 9, photo shop plug in.pic-8 pic-7 pic-6 pic-5

One thing I always do during a session is capture my subjects when they think we’re finished and they start horsing around. These candid moments usually end up being the best — here is a selection of my personal favorites.pic-10 pic-9 pic-11

The next Witcoski family portraits should be interesting as we have already set the bar pretty high with last year’s Christmas card. It’s not too early to book your themed Christmas card family portrait session. Contact us with the form below and stay tuned to the blog to see my second favorite  portrait session of 2015!

 

 

 

2015: What You Didn’t See at Matt Mead Photography LLC

Well 2015 was an interesting and record breaking year at the LLC, so much so that I wasn’t able to keep up with the blog, or at least not blog as much as I would’ve like to. I figured that I’d use the year in review forum to catch you all up on the things you DIDN’T see on the blog in 2015. But first, let’s review what you did see:

I started with an infrared trip around Presque Isle:

Life Through My Infrared Lens: Presque Isle State Park

The Erie Otters won a hockey game or two.

There was some Eerie Roller Derby action, clinics, portraits some commercial real-estate goodness,  a wedding or two, and some aeronautics.

In between all that fun stuff, a lot went down:

An environmental reclamation project on the city’s east side.

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Some advertising

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I got to hang out with the bishop.

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I also spent time with an AMAZING family!

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I observed World Hemophilia day.

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I appreciated Newscred and its’ customers.

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I sweated bullets at the Pittsburgh Triathlon.

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And I got heavily into real-estate.

Here are two of the shoots that I’m most proud of:

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And the 25th birthday present I had 24 hours to create a concept, find locations and shoot. bernice1

Fear not! I did manage to squeeze in some SCUBA diving in between all the action of the LLC.

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There was a ton more that I’ll catch up on in future posts. However, if there is something particular you want to see from last year hit us up with some comments here, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Aerial Videos for the LLC

Summer, 2015 at Matt Mead Photography LLC has been an interesting one to say the least. Not only have there been white weddings, but we’ve now entered the promotional video game. Check out some of our work below.

First we did some still and aerial work for the Allegheny River Fly Fishing Company.

 

The second video we did for Whispering Woods Golf Course in Erie.

 

These videos have led the LLC in a cool direction and we’ve got some pretty big announcements to make that involve these two companies. Stay tuned to the blog for the future updates on these developments!!!

In the meantime if you, your company, or someone you know would want a short promo-video , you can contact us directly via our website.

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