Portrait Session With CJ Carpenter
A couple of weeks ago, I had the absolute pleasure of heading down to Philadelphia to shoot some new headshots for author CJ Carpenter.
CJ and I got to “know” each other a couple of years ago, through Facebook. She’s friends with Terrence McCauley, whom I shot some headshots for last year. She liked what she saw and asked if I could do some new ones for her. Of course, I said I’d love to.
We were scheduled to do this shoot in April, but life got in the way and I had to reschedule. Kind of glad I did, though, because I think this was better than it would have been in April.
I got down to her part of Philly (kinda Center City/South Philly-ish) in the late afternoon on a Friday so that I could scout. I knew the late-day light would be getting really nice. As I walked around her block, I shot some test shots and found a number of areas and set-ups that we could use. Once I was content, I texted her and said I’d be at the little cafe around the corner waiting for her.
She came by about 10 minutes later, and we sat to chat. Since we’ve only corresponded over Facebook, text and email, I wanted her to be comfortable with me. Actually, it was like we were long-lost friends. We chatted about our lives, and had plenty of laughs. In fact, part of the challenge with the whole shoot was how much CJ laughed. She was having a good time, but wanted some serious shots – that proved to be a bit of a problem.
Don’t get me wrong – it was great she was having a good time. She’s comfortable in front of the camera we got a lot of good shots.
We even involved some of the neighbors to help us have a little fun.
In today’s day and social media age, I feel you have to shoot with that in mind. While you never really want to have someone dead-on in your frame (not a hard and fast rule), I still tried to keep some possible advertising in mind for CJ and the book that she has coming out….today!
So, here’s what Twitter ad could look like.
Of course, we had to get Flo involved too.
And the best part about shooting authors? Signed swag.
We shot for about an hour and had a great time. The light was great, CJ had a good time, and I was really happy we were about to get this shoot in in time for her new book release. If you like crime fiction/thrillers, check her out on Amazon or in your local books store.
Check out more of my author headshots here.
(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015