Fun shoot with Nadine. Until our session, Nadine was a complete camera virgin. Heh-heh… One thing I had to tell Nadine is that the camera is a still camera, not a motion picture camera (well, technically, it’s both but we were shooting stills) and that she couldn’t move until she heard the click of the shutter. Once she heard the click, she could move into her next pose. That’s important that you don’t move around constantly because what I am doing is focusing in on the eye that is closest to me. That is critical focus and I can’t do it unless you’re not moving. I’ll shoot right when I lock focus but first I need to focus.
And we had to coach her into connecting with the camera lens. In acting, you’re not supposed to look into the lens. Although you need to be aware of where the camera is, you need to be in the moment of the scene. For your headshot, you need to reveal yourself to the lens. That image must speak directly to the tiny casting agent that lives inside of the camera. It needs to pull in that agent who will call you in for an audition.
And you know what? We got it. Nadine nailed it!