Ahhhh, the Kevin Headshots set was a fun one to experiment with. I am most often chosen by women to develop creative concepts for with regards to their headshots. This came as a pleasant surprise. See, Kevin is a model. Kevin also has a very distinct look and as such, needed a bit of a different aesthetic. Although clean, his aesthetic would need to approach his personality from multiple angles. I took it upon myself to capture Kevin against a red backdrop to compliment his skin tone. This is not a normally shooting scenario for me as I usually use fabric and neutral or more subtle tones. Typically this goes against most headshot guidelines, but you must first know the rules in order to break them right?
Because he views photos similar to me, Kevin chose to throw his own flair into the mix, and presents more natural posing. The poses and facial expressions are all from his personal decisions during the session. I will always let the model lead if they are comfortable with their posing, unless it is detrimental to their shot purpose. If I notice that it is not working as designed, I will change the direction of our shoot and correct accordingly.
It is often very difficult to get a smile out of men. Usually we are not the instant smiling type. If we do smile quickly, you have to capture it before it disappears because there will be a weird after expression that begins to form. If you know a photographer who takes too long to capture a shot, check out the expressions of those in the picture and you will notice a few faces led astray. Luckily, Kevin is a natural. He provided many variations including a smile, which some found to be his most endearing shot.