Your headshot is your calling card
Spend the money. It’s worth it. Go to a professional, who is trained, understands lighting, and takes headshots for a living, not some friend who happens to have a decent camera who “sorta knows a little about photography.” Save those pictures for Instagram, and leave the headshots to the pros. Professional headshots range from $400-$1200, and to get them properly duplicated (not at Walgreens) will cost you another $100 or more. Anything less is just a glorified passport photo. If the headshots look cheap, they probably are. And you look like you don’t care about your career. When that headshot appears on a casting director’s computer, you want them to say, “Yes, bring that person in!
Amanda is a new member of our team who Graduated from The Art Institute of Atlanta with a BFA in commercial photography in 2010. During her college years she was awarded the winning entry to the applied Arts Magazine and it’s our belief she will excel in publication photography. She is passionate about perfection and is a master with photoshop. Her clientele includes Merrill Lynch, Barton Malow, Coxe Curry and associates, just to name a few. In our rapidly growing business she is the perfect fit for art directors and graphic designers.
I was commissioned in the 90’s to take portraits of Donald Trump at Trump Plaza in New York city. My wife and I set up a portable studio in his conference room. As we patiently waited in walked his assistant who informed us he was running late and in all likelihood would only give us a few minutes at most, as a matter of fact, he had walked out on his last photographer! In a few minutes he appeared and shook our hands, apologized for his tardiness and began emptying the contents of his jacket on the conference table to eliminate bulges. He was very pleasant and knew how to engage with the camera and pose. After more than an hour and 1oo’s of images we completed the session. This was not the Donald Trump we eventually saw on the Apprentice or in the Debates. He called the following week and placed a huge order for his Casino’s and even had a portrait painted from one of the photographs.
I used a Hasselblad ELX with 180mm Zeiss Sonnar lens. In the early nineties we were still using film, therefore, I used Polaroids to check my lighting and composition. I used three lights: one in a chimera softbox, one from behind as a hair light and sometimes a kick light as well and the third light was used on the background. I’ll add some additional images to this blog in the next few days. My wife, Bette, acted as a stylist and an assistant.
For over 40 years, George Etheridge has enjoyed a varied and successful career as performer, conductor and educator in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area. Educated at the University of Michigan and The Paris Conservatory, Mr. Etheridge first came to the DC area as Instructor of Saxophone at the University of Maryland. He has performed as soloist at The Kennedy Center, Constitution Hall, The Smithsonian Hall of Musical Instruments and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Mr Etheridge is currently the conductor of the Capital Wind Symphony, a professional level ensemble he founded in 1991, dedicated to celebrating and preserving the great American band tradition and by working closely with music educators to nurture and inspire student involvement within their school music programs.
The first image was my earliest photograph of Bette shortly after I had just met her. The second photograph was taken in Ireland the day before her youngest brothers wedding nearly 19 years ago and the last photograph was taken this past year with her adoring dog Molly in our Rockville, Maryland studio. Of the hundreds of exposures I’ve taken of Bette these are my favorites. 60% of the portraits I take are of women between the ages of 30 and 60 largely due to the fact that there has been a tremendous increase of women in executive positions. One might say that I’ve had my own in house executive to sharpen my skills with all these years. Incidentally, Bette is the CFO of Carl Cox Photography, Inc.