Actors Headshot, Jay Waylett

Jay, who is a young aspiring actor based in Haywards Heath Sussex, called me with an urgent request to make an actors headshot for a film casting that he wanted to attend 3 days later, and wondered if I could fit him into a photo session here in my Brighton studio.

Unfortunately the studio was completely booked out with other clients and I suggested we do his last-minute actors headshot outdoors. Of course on the day that we’d arranged it was freezing cold, heavy showers and blowing a mini-gale.

Jay wasn’t put-out and neither was I – so I suggested he come along to my house as I sometimes shoot actors headshots in my garden with reflectors and lights and thought we could sit out the rain hoping we might get lucky with a break in the weather and jump outside. I did this because Jay was really keen to get his shots done quickly, and I was happy to oblige.

Hey and we got lucky with the rain – with clever use of location equipment we managed to make some brilliant warm, sunny photos of Jay for his casting, even though it was actually dull and miserable and cold.

I’m such a huge believer in remaining positive and never giving up and this was so true for Jay’s photoshoot.

Here are three from the hour we had together – Jay was brilliant to work with (I loved the way he followed directions and could go from ‘intense stare” to ‘glowing-smile’ in the blink of an eye), and I wish him all the best in his career.

Jay-Waylett-Actor-Headshot-Brighton-01 Jay-Waylett-Actor-Headshot-Brighton-02 Jay-Waylett-Actor-Headshot-BrightonI used the impressive Nikon D800 and the Nikon 70- 200 f 2.8 for Jay’s Brighton headshots.

Actor headshots for casting, Spotlight, Castingcall, theatre agents, film castings from Brighton’s busiest headshot and portrait photographer David Myers.

Sussex, Brighton, Hove, Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Hassocks, Lewes, Eastbourne, Surrey and South of England.

 

Creative Portraits of Writer Sarah Dry

The Brighton writer, Sarah Dry got in touch for some creative portraits for her new book on Isaac Newton (The Newton Papers – Oxford University Press). So on a cold, dull and drizzly November morning I loaded the car with my photography gear and headed over to her lovely home in Brighton, which by coincidence was 2 streets away from where I live!

Sarah needed the new headshot portraits for the book cover, the publisher’s website and for other PR to promote the book sales.

Sarah wanted her portrait photography to be quite relaxed and so we set up a small location studio in her living room and spent just a few minutes making some simple studio-style shots. Then we popped into her garden for the rest of her photoshoot. This was so Sarah would have a choice of different style of portrait for the book cover.

I love the gentle calmness to these portraits, and I wish Sarah all the best with the new book.

sarah-dry-brighton-portrait-writersarah-dry-writer-brighton-writer-portrait-1David Myers is Brighton’s foremost portrait photographer producing creative portraits for writers, musicians, business profiles, actors, entertainers and any individuals who are looking for creative portraits for publicity, self promotion, website or brochure use.

Working mainly within Sussex in Brighton, Hove, Burgess Hill, Worthing, Eastbourne, Haywards Heath, Hassocks.

Headshots for actors, actresses and writers. Portraits for business leaders, staff, company profiles.

Musical Theatre Actress Rosie Zeidler Headshots

I just love these new headshot portraits from my photoshoot of the lovely Rosie, who is a student of musical theatre, and I photographed her at her home near Brighton Sussex.

Rosie wanted a variety of headshot looks from her photoshoot, to help with her application to study drama and musical theatre at university. I set up a small location photographic studio inside, and we also braved the cold to get some photographs in the garden (with a nice bit of low winter sun helping us out a bit).

Rosie was totally professional, took brilliant directions and I’m sure she will love her career choice.

Here are just 4 from the photoshoot.

headshots-theatre-brighton-rosie03 headshots-theatre-brighton-rosie01 headshots-theatre-brighton-rosie04 headshots-theatre-brighton-rosie02I used the wonderful Nikon D800 with both 70-200 2.8 and 85 1.4 Nikon lenses.

David Myers is a professional headshot and portrait photographer in Brighton Sussex and the south of England. He works with young actors and actresses providing industry beating headshots for PR, Spotlight, Casting Call, theatre agents, casting directors, programmes, brochures, posters.

David Myers photography works with businesses and companies to promote their work using profession corporate portrait photography.

The most professional solution for portrait headshot photography in Brighton, Sussex, Hove, Eastbourne, Worthing, Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Guildford, Tunbridge Wells, Surrey.

Portrait of Stage Combat Actor – Brighton Photographer

Jon Harrison, a specialist martial arts and stage combat actor, came down from London to have his actor’s Spotlight headshots taken in my Brighton studio. Jon brought with him smallswords, rapiers, daggers and all kinds of things I’d never seen before, and it was a really interesting photoshoot.

Jon has studied acting, martial arts and stage combat and wanted a varied selection of shots for Spotlight and his new agent.

It was a fascinating photoshoot and he came away with some amazing headshot portraits, both conventional and more edgy. I have started to use a Nikon D800 for portrait headshots, and I’m really impressed with the resolution from its 36 MP sensor, and the wide tonal range available. Simply stunning. Here is the D800 combined with the 70-200 2.8 lens

So here are just a few shots from Jon’s portfolio Spotlight photoshoot.

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Providing Brighton, Sussex, London, Kent and Surrey with industry leading headshots for theatre, film, stage, TV actors, actresses and up and coming drama students. Working from his studio in Brighton Sussex but available to travel and make headshots using a location studio or natural light.

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Cameras, Megapixels, Mega-tosh

I love technology – some of it is headshakingly brilliant – but I also love true creativity and originality. This quote really sums up my feelings for equipment-technology versus creativity-technique.

A photographer went to a socialite party in New York. As he entered the front door the host said ‘I love your pictures – they’re wonderful; you must have a fantastic camera.’ He said nothing until dinner was finished then, ‘That was a wonderful meal, you must have a terrific stove.’

Sam Haskins

Nikon D800 Review – Preview

d800-review-brighton-sussex-photographer-headshots-commercial-freelanceSo it’s almost here, the much awaited and talked about Nikon D800 (cue angels singing and flashes of lightening). So many forums and photographers have been literally wetting their pants over the release of this new camera from Nikon, and possibly for good reason. On paper it looks astonishing with 36 megapixels on a full-frame sensor and an iso range the same as the legendary D700.

Of course so few have actually done a full sweaty-hands-on real-life review of the camera yet, but knowing Nikon and using their professional equipment for many years now it seems unlikely that it will be anything but bloody brilliant. Now we all know (we do know this right?) that it’s not the camera but the photographer that makes a great image. I still have amazing shots I took with my first 35mm film camera – a basic Olympus OM1 (back when Julius Caesar was still just starting out as a salad chef and the Roman Empire was but a doodle on the back of an envelope) and also that there are rubbish amateurs who use £20,000 medium-format cameras to produce out-of-focus images of their dogs.

But still, ain’t technology amazing and as a pro I always want to see what the manufacturers are producing, and how that can influence the final product I give to clients.

So to the D800. Aside from the enormous mega-pixel count, which is three times their current D700 and an iso range of 100-25,000 there is also a new Exspeed 3 processor, 51 point AF system useable down to -2EV, full 1080 HD movie, larger LCD screen, a 25MP crop mode and so much more. And for the (actually quite reasonable) price of £2400.

At the moment I use D700 and D3s cameras, both of which have 12MP full-frame sensors. These cameras are a total joy to use and produce beautiful image-files, especially when used with my lovely pro lenses. The quality of the pixels is so good that it is no trouble to blow-up the final images to poster size and larger without any loss of quality. I have used the cameras for shoots in the Sudanese desert at 40 degrees, in Madagascan rainforests at 95% humidity, in studios with no heating and minus 10 degrees outside, and on Brighton Pier with slightly greasy fingers (good old fish and chips) and they have never once let me down.

So, I don’t need another camera but I am sorely tempted by this new D800 for studio and slow-paced work, especially when shooting portraits, headshots and fashion, where the D800 will possibly give even more dynamic range than the amazing cameras I already use.

Lets see when they finally hit the streets of Sussex and we start to see real-world tests, and then I’ll think about placing an order for one…..