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Headshots for Business Professionals | Sotheby’s International Realty

Headshots for Business Professionals

Sotheby’s International Realty | HÔM | Laguna Beach

A recent headshot session with realtor, broker, soccer player and software consultant David Arthur.  I’ve been doing allot of work lately with Orange County real estate professionals and really enjoying creating professional headhsots for them that help them show off their best image for marketing.  It always important for me, when doing a headshot for realtors, that the session is kept fun, light and relaxed.  It can be intimidating standing in front of the lens, so I really go out of my way to make sure that my clients are extra comfortable.  In a quick session we got six different headshot | portrait looks.  This is important, so that David’s headshots can be utilized in a variety of media and marketing materials.  Two different suit and tie headshots | portraits.  A jacket off headshot | portrait.   An open collar headshot | portrait.  An arms crossed headshot | portrait.  And a casual look headshot | portrait.

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Marc Weisberg is an Orange County based photographer specializing in Luxe Real Estate, Family and Commercial Photography. He’s fun to work with, has a great eye for capturing special family moments and produces clean, crisp, commercial images that help you market your product. Contact Marc by phone 800.943.0414…. or email.

What Does a Quality Headshot | Portrait Look Like?

Orange County Headshot | Portrait Photographer

What to Look For In a Quality Headshot | Portrait

Recently I photographed the upper school faculty at Tarbut V’Torah, a private Jewish day school in Irvine.  This orange county headshot | portrait photographer wanted to do a kind of modern day, Irving Penneque theme.  Just a simple grey seamless with minimal props.  Teachers were encouraged to bring props that were either personal or directly related to the subject they taught or their position at the school.

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The set up was quite simple.  A 3′x4′ Chimera softbox camera right, with a ProFoto 300w/s compact flash head f8.0 – f11.0, a 2′x4′ strip light with another ProFoto 300w/s compact flash head was positioned camera left as a kicker about a stop less and a white Lastolite 33″ Tri Grip silver/white reflector directly opposite the softbox for fill.  A Canon 5D Mark III with an 85mm 1.2 L was used for all portraits.  Pocket Wizards were used to trigger the lights. A 12′ grey seamless for the background.

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So what does a client look for in a quality headshot | portrait photography? 1] Clean, crisp work that my clients can not create with a point and shoot or even with an off the shelf DSLR.  2] Gorgeous lighting.  Possibly they can’t put a finger on exactly what makes it look special, but, it should be flattering light and possibly dramatic.  3] Expression:  A quality headshot | portrait should show someone’s personality.  Their human side or even their quirky side that tells the viewer something about them that they would not have known.  4]  Is there a congruent theme?  When doing a folio of group of portraits is there a uniting theme that ties the story line together?  It’s important to note the these portraits were done on three separate days to accommodate teaching schedules.  However the theme and the look is consistent.  5] For this shoot, which ultimately  will be used for public relations, the  skin tones have to look natural.  If this were a fashion shoot or a more stylized shoot we could have gone black & white, possibly toned the images blue. or even desaturated them a bit.  6]  It’s been said that “The eyes are the window to the soul.” For this shoot it was important to me that their eyes are easily seen.  This is accomplished by having the softbox positioned shoulder height {length wise for the catch light and tilted up slightly for to create a natural vignette}, chin turned slightly towards the light, so that the eyes are filled with light and the catch light appears at three o’clock. As teachers who are constantly around children from grades k-12, it is important to me that they are portrayed as approachable and warm. Especially the fact that the parents will be judging the school largely by its faculty and curriculum.  As photographers we have the ability to make deliberate choices of how we portray our subjects.  Some esthetic considerations that come to mind are lighting and lens choices.  7] Posing or ‘Un-posing.’  How is the subject standing.  Do they look comfortable, or uncomfortable?  Are the hands properly posed? What are the hands doing? I do take the time to give direction when photographing headshots and portraits.  It is important to me that individuals look and feel 100% comfortable. If I sense that they may feel or look awkward I’ll make the necessary connections and corrections to their posture, their stance, the tilt of their head, the direction of light, their body language and what their hands are doing.  Paying special attention to tension held in the shoulders, furrowed brows, wrinkled foreheads and facial expressions, are tell tale signs of comfortability.  8] Connection. Each portraits session was done in under 15 minutes, most in 10 minutes or less.  Its my job as a human being and photographer to create a connection with each subject.  This does two things.  a) It puts the person being photographed at ease, b) distracts them from the obvious – being photographed and c) Its just fun to connect, learn something about who they are, share some common ground and hopefully have a laugh together too. I know my equipment inside and out, and can chit-chat with ease while I’m behind the lens. In the beginning of my photography career this was hard to do. Now , it is second nature for me. Through practice and mastery, knowing your gear, and not having to think about what you are doing will allow you to be at ease and put your subjects at ease too.

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Marc Weisberg is an Orange County based photographer specializing in Luxe Real Estate, Family and Commercial Photography. He’s fun to work with, has a great eye for capturing special family moments and produces clean, crisp, commercial images that help you market your product. Contact Marc by phone 800.943.0414…. or email.

Executive Portrait | Orange County Portraits

Executive Portrait | Orange County Portraits

CEO of Health Care Company Studio Portrait

I really enjoy creating portraits for my clients.  Rick called me up last week to arrange for some engagement portraits but asked if I also did executive portraits.  ”I sure do,”  I said.  Called me back about 20 minutes later after looking at the work on my web site and booked a session with me on Monday, for today {Friday June, 24th}.

A while back when I first started out in photography I had know idea how to use a light meter let alone any idea how to do studio lighting, light a set, use a softbox, a beauty dish, an umbrella or a kicker.   I took a few lighting courses years ago, voraciously devour photo blogs  {on a daily basis}  and learned a bit from my friend Ken Sklute and Kevin Connors both funny, humble, amazing human beings and remarkable photographers and educators.

But just being able to light is not enough.  There is also the art of communication and making sure that your subject, in this case my client Rick was completely comfortable.  You’ve gotta pick up on the small stuff, furrowed brow or wrinkled forehead, the position of the shoulders, how are the hands positioned, what is the posture like, a slight tilt of the head if necessary.  If your subject even looks the least bit uncomfortable, you’ve gotta do what ever it takes to make sure that they are at ease and feel confident about themselves during the process.  The final result must be a flattering portrait.  As portrait photographers we must bring out the best attributes of our clients.


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For Orange County wedding photography, Los Angeles wedding photography, Orange County wedding photojournalism, Southern California fashion photography, Call Marc at 800.943.0414 to reserve a date and ask any questions that you may have concerning my services. I am an Orange County | Los Angeles | Destination Wedding, Portrait and Newborn Photographer.

For over 10 years Marc has created portraits for families in Orange County & Newport Beach.


Marc Weisberg is an Orange County based photographer specializing in Luxe Real Estate, Family and Commercial Photography. He’s fun to work with, has a great eye for capturing special family moments and produces clean, crisp, commercial images that help you market your product. Contact Marc by phone 800.943.0414…. or email.
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