Last week I had an awesome shoot with my friend Gustavo in Venice. An actor who moved here from Puerto Rico, he’s a very charismatic guy who is a natural in front of the camera. I recently had a discussion with a prominent Hollywood portrait photographer about how most of my subjects I shoot for editorial clients are not used to being in front of the camera and often need to be coached in order to look natural. I told him how much I enjoy it when I work with actors and models who know what to do in front of the camera and can really bring something to the shoot. He works with a lot of actors and said I’d be surprised how many don’t know what to do in front of a still camera. Fortunately that wasn’t the case with Gustavo, who gave me everything from goofy faces to quiet, reflective moments and was even dancing for awhile. Word is he’s a very talented dancer and competed a lot back in PR. Despite getting some great expressions, this moment stands out as my favorite from the shoot. If you want to see more, I’ve posted them on my Facebook page. Go check ‘em out! And while you’re there, feel free to “Like” me so we can keep in touch!
I’ve also entered this photo along with two others in the Photo District News’s Faces portrait contest, which happens to have a People’s Choice award. Please take the time to go there and VOTE for me by following these links! Looks like you can only vote for one though. And if you’re super nice feel free to copy the links and tell others to vote. Thanks!