Backgrounds

I’ve got someone coming in soon to have some headshots made of her son, who is an actor.  I was trying to describe the various backgrounds I use for portraits around my home studio, and I then I realized I could just upload these shots I did recently of Michael, a writer who needed headshots for the conference circuit.  Michael was super-fun to work with, not only because he’s an old friend, but also because he’s a former theater actor, and so getting something deep, dark or different from him was pretty easy.

These shots also show the various options for backgrounds that I can create at my home studio.  The red wall can be done sitting or standing, and creates a dramatic mood.  I love how Michael’s face in the middle picture contrasts that.  Such a ham.  The blue is a brighter and less formal.  You can see it in the photo of my mother with her grandchildren, as well.  The yellow brick is great for a more textured light-colored backdrop, almost white, but a little bit funkier.  And then there’s the white, always versatile and classic… and portable!  Additionally, in my own headshot, which I made here against the unpainted brick, you can get a more urban feel.

Thanks, Michael! P.S.  You’ve got to check out the project Michael and his (totally awesome and gorgeous) wife are doing this year.  It’s totally inspiring!

-Hillary

all images are copyright 2011 hillary harvey

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