Having reached out to me for the purpose of creating a series of headshots for modeling, Rasmus and I had a very good session. The session was created to focus on modeling. There was not a ton to go off of because this started out as a whim of sorts. Rasmus being new to New York was advised by a friend to pursue a career in modeling. Not being too familiar with how the industry operates as a whole, we spoke about various necessities that all models must have within their portfolio. Our first point of interest was the tried and true headshot.
How did things go?
During our session we worked with 2 separate outfits, plain shirts, one black and one white. This was to allow a varying contrast against his skin tone. As we got more and more familiar with one another I slowly was able to tap into his comfort. Production became a breeze after this. I then decided that we would work on various angles, positioning focusing on shoulder placement and head tilt, as well as varying eye intensity.
The intention was to create a series of headshots that wouldn’t cater too tightly to one specific genre. Seeing as Rasmus was knew to the modeling scene, we both had no idea where he may want to take things. Up to me to make an executive decision, I chose to approach from a standpoint of tiptoeing the creative line. I provided a variety of images that would be good enough to utilize for print, runway, and commercial.
As stated many times before, lighting is a key factor in the message headshots could convey. Because this wasn’t a sure thing in terms of direction, I chose to manipulate background and light source in order to optimize variety for Rasmus.