Asheville Headshot Photography

musician and hair stylist Holiday Childress

musician and hair stylist Holiday Childress

Over the years, I have tried my hand at a lot of different genres of photography. Most recently, I find that most enjoyment can be found in portrait and headshot photography. Asheville is a wonderful city to "get lost" in your craft and it is also a great place to find yourself. 

Whether a client is needing corporate headshots for business or theatrical headshots for acting, I spend the first part of the session just talking. I really, really don't like to get my picture taken, so I can assume that most other people don't either. One of the keys to great headshots is to put the client at ease from the very onset of the meeting. Sure there are technical aspects that are needed for a great shot, but getting the person to connect with you (and the camera) is very important. 

professional headshot will Noora

professional headshot will Noora

Most portrait sessions are taken at my studio, since there is so much equipment available and weather is never an issue. Sometimes shooting on location is needed. While shooting in the studio is very familiar, I really love shooting on location. Weather it be on a downtown street or in a law office, I love the challenge and the variety of options on each location. 

Royal Peasantry :: Dance of the Fools

Royal Peasantry :: Dance of the Fools

Here is a quick recap of last Friday night's fashion even at New Mountain Asheville. Royal Peasantry :: Dance of the Fools was a tribute to local designer Michelle Ford. 

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FASHMOB VI - Review

FASHMOB VI - GROVE HOUSE Entertainment Complex

FASHMOB VI - GROVE HOUSE Entertainment Complex

 

Well the doors have closed on the last installment of Asheville's seventh FASHMOB. Since I started holding these events in 2014, it sure has come a long way. In the past, each event has been held at a different location. This is to give a different setting for people to create and to accommodate the growing number of attendees.  

Sarah Johns wearing Angela Kim Designs - hair by Jenna Wilson of Love, Daisy - makeup by Daneille Southcott

 

This was certainly the first FASHMOB where I have been able to focus on taking pictures (at least for a little while). The shear volume of people in all facets of fashion (designers, models, makeup artists, hair stylists, photographers, clothing retailers, and jewelry designers) make me pause to think, as I contemplate the next Spring event. 

 

I love the carnival-like / laissez faire atmosphere that the event boasts, but it is evident that some systems need to be in place to assist teams of people who prepare beforehand and designers who need help getting their clothing in and out of the event smoothly. 

 

Whitney Dianne

Katie Patton

Stephen DeBuyser

Licia Whiteside wearing Brain Candy Ink

Terra Kohl Sisk wearing Maria Jose Jeria Llabres designs

Clothing and accessories by Royal Peasantry and Pearla Swank

 

There were so many designers and hair salons involved in this FASHMOB. I should wait to give them a shout out, because I am still learning of new business that were involved in the fun. But I will give a big shout out to GROVE HOUSE Entertainment Complex for providing the space to promote local fashion, DJ Deven Balsam for the beats at this event, and Mamacita's Grill for the food. 

 

 

 

If my intention hits the bulls-eye,  the next event will not only have bigger turnout, but it will attract more attention from regional talent willing to make the trip to Asheville for a FASHMOB event. For the people new to their craft, I hope that these events inspire them to push harder and harder to achieve new heights and take on bigger challenges. If you are a model working on new posing skills, a designer trying to find new inspiration, or a photographer who's next goal is to tackle lighting techniques, just know that there is a community here with great people to help you find your way. 

Deanna Tipton wearing Hip-Remix

Jennifer Elliott at FASHMOB VI - January 15, 2015

See you all for FASHMOB VII in April 2015!

Back to Blogging

It has certainly been a while since I posted a blog and I hope to be doing it more often. A lot has happened in the last week, that will change the dynamic of Studio 250. I have met a great hair stylist and makeup artist that is in the same building as the studio. Clients can now have a full beauty service option with their portrait sessions. 

Monday was a busy day at the studio where I rented it out to Gustina Photography for a head shot session. Then we did a quick shoot with KatDog Couture / InTerGalaCtic Kitty.

Magic, metal, and fashion

Last weekend was all hands on deck with all of the assignments to cover. At first, a portrait session on Friday and a band shoot on Saturday seemed like a nice calm weekend of shooting. Late last week, Kelsey Anne Carter asked If I was available to shoot photos and video at the Weekend of Wonder Magic Show at Asheville Community Theater. I said there was no way, unless someone else could work with me take over when I have to go do the other shoots. All in all, it worked out nicely, because Rudy Aguilar of Paper Street Fotography was willing to tag team the three day magic show with me. Last weekend I think I took the most images that I have taken at one time. Here are some of my favorite images from last weekend...

Magician Maxwell Blade

L.A. Magician Eric Stephens

Asheville Metal Band - Amnesis

Urban Trail In Asheville with Vagabond Urban Walks - WNC

I love just about all types of photography, but there is nothing like walking around a city with your camera to focus on whatever catches your eye. Many times, I have walked the streets of downtown Asheville to do just that. When I read that photographer David Simchock created a Meetup group called Vagabond Photo Walks - WNC, I was really interested. Last week, I planned to attend the next scheduled meetup for Wednesday, April 9th. I knew that this would be a great opportunity to talk with other photographers and walk the streets while photographing the city along the Urban Trail. 

Working with shadows along the trail.


The other reason that I was interested in the walk, was the chance to meetup with event host David Simchock again. I first met David last year when my wife and I walked in to his studio during an Arts Stroll in the River Arts District in Asheville, North Carolina. David is an award winning concert photographer, a successful fine art photographer, and leads photographic tours all over the world with Vagabond Vistas Photo Tours.  The first time we met, it was apparent that he is a very down to earth guy who not only loves photography, but truly enjoys sharing his knowledge with any photographer at any level.

professional photographer David Simchock on the Urban Trail in Asheville, North Carolina

After the meeting, I told my wife that it would be great to take one of his trips to Italy or even Manhattan. I would periodically check his calendar on his website to see if he was planning a tour closer to home. When I saw that David started a Meetup group locally and had a walk scheduled for April, I jumped on it. 


person finding a sunny spot on College Street

I parked at the Ranking parking garage and hustled over to the meetup location. As I approached the Vance Monument, I could easily spot the group of fifteen to twenty people with cameras of all shapes, sizes, and colors. I joined them on a narrow sidewalk sandwiched between the street, and the iron fence protecting the Vance Memorial. Without delay, David (host) gave us important information about the Meetup group and filled us in on what we can expect over the next few hours on the Urban Trail.


Grove Arcade

window shopping 


Wall Street in Asheville


 

 

 

 

Up until that day I didn't even know that there was an official Urban Trail. After looking at our printed maps that were issued to use we headed west on Patton Avenue. The mission was to stop at the landmarks along the trail. At each stop, our group was encouraged to photograph the landmarks and the surroundings in an interesting manner. Along the trail, Dave would share some philosophy on creative composition techniques as well as some universal street photography etiquette. 

Our group was also encouraged to take notice of things that are not so obvious, by looking at shapes and patterns; to take the extra time to look around and think "outside of the box" for some interesting scenes. This made perfect sense. During the many walks that I have taken alone, I certainly have taken the standard downtown Asheville photographs of buildings and landmarks. This meetup was especially fun for me, because I did set out with this mindset. 


Saint Lawrence Basilica

Saint Lawrence Basilica

Saint Lawrence Basilica


 

 

 

 

 

Towards the end of the tour, David shared some tips on photographing people and things. One of the suggestions was to pick a color to look for, then find a way to capture it in an interesting way. For the next several minutes our color to look for was yellow. 

 

Thomas Wolfe House

This Meetup with Vagabond Photo Walks - WNC was very enjoyable to me. What made it so fun was the fact that I was walking with a group of photographers who were there for the enjoyment of downtown, taking pictures, and meeting others with an interest in photography. Being with a group of people made me less inhibited to point my lens at certain subjects. I felt free to venture into nooks and crannies that I would normally shy away from. Being hired to take pictures for portraits and events is different, because you are expected to take pictures of people and things. On the street, it is a whole different story. 

The tour ended back at the Vance Memorial Monument and we had to say goodbye. Dave informed us that new Meetups will be posted on the site and that our input is welcome for future outings. If I have free time and know that there is another event with this group, I will certainly tag along. For me, photographing in this type of environment is very worthwhile and gets me inspired and excited about shooting. It is simply shooting for the pure fun of it. For more information about future events and how to join visit http://www.meetup.com/Vagabond-Photo-Walks-WNC/

Oh yeah. I did take a couple more photographs on the way back to the parking garage...

Fly on the Wall

It has been a while since I posted a blog. All of the while, I have been busy trying new lighting techniques and working with various clients for a wide range of assignments. I am happy to share the fact that I have studio space in the River Arts District. The RAD Photographer's Studio brought me in as resident photographer to have free reign over the gear. 

The next day, after paying studio dues, I thought, "Hmm, who could I call to see if they you be interested in a photo shoot?" I remembered that Joel Rios of Asheville band Jacked Up Joe had mentioned that he'd be game. I messaged him and he replied, "Hell year Bro!" I was glad he was available and knew that it would turn out to be a fun and relaxed shoot. 

I've known Joel throughout the years, from being a performing musician myself with the band Opus Grey. Joel's bands would often play the same Asheville clubs as we did. One of Joel's former band's was Ironside. Members of this band went on to join/create other current local/regional bands such as Gutterhound, Downslave, and Jacked Up Joe

The fact that we knew each other and that we both have a strong love for heavy music, I figured that a shoot would be easy going. It was. Throughout my years of being a photographer, I have always gravitated to portraits and landscapes. But, to be more specific... musicians and mountains. I guess that is because I have been a guitar player since the seventh grade and have loved to hike in the mountains since high school. It never seems like work when I am taking photos, but it is a real treat to do band photography or to take off on a trail by myself. 

 

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Sky Bar at last

Dani at Sky Bar

Dani at Sky Bar

Last weekend, Danielle and I finally made it to the Sky Bar in Asheville. We put it off so long because the prices. Yikes! This bar/restaurant has a west facing, three level balcony overlooking downtown. The view was great! The drink (singular) was fantastic as well. It is a must for those who haven't been. 

view from Sky Bar  

view from Sky Bar