Creative Headshot and Performer Photography Session, June 2019

Meet Savannah… She is a jazz dancer and performer who wanted to build a portfolio for agents and clients to view. She wanted headshots for a major performance call but she also wanted top of the line creative shots for her portfolio, social media and a new website. We worked together with Savannah starting with discussion. From there, we created mood boards, choreographed outfits, location, settings, themes and planned her session in detail!

The result? She chose our “Headshot + Creative Session” and in the video below, are just some of the images from her 2019 session with us.

Not only does it take a great photography team, planning and the best in world-class photography equipment but it takes a commitment from you, our client too! We work with those that have wonderful ideas and are willing to go the extra mile for a great photo.

If this is you, we would love to work together with you! Click here to see more and below we have a video short of Savannah’s portfolio for viewing.

Enjoy!

Performers! How to Create a Stunning Portfolio with Creative Headshots!

 

Most performers rely heavily on headshots in addition to their resumes, and the audition itself to showcase their work. In the world of film and television, you need an acting portfolio which typically includes the standard head shot, portfolio, resume and a reel.

A great headshot is a critical component of your portfolio that will need to stand out – an amateur image or selfie just won’t cut it these days! Headshots are a crucial step to getting your dream job!

What is so important about a Headshot?

A headshot is a photograph of you from the shoulders up. It MUST be shot professionally. While we agree that the basic headshot is important, we have some suggestions to 'mix it up' a little...

Any headshot/portfolio you submit during auditions can unfold a lot of information about you in a matter of seconds.

Like your acting résumé, first impressions that casting directors may get from your headshots can be vital in the audition process. As you start your audition, the headshot would communicate your casting type, what you can do, what role and genre of movies or shows you would fit in, and your experience as a performer.

At Benamoz we provide headshots but we also provide performance and acting portfolios that serves as proof of your recent acting exposure. These can either be publicity photographs and/or creative shots!

Such documentation is intended to show off the range of your acting ability. The more proofs that you showcase, the better!

Most actors have at least four creative photos in their profile, which include the headshot. 

Providing a variety of poses and expressions to show your range, such as having your hair up and down, the use of natural lighting and studio lighting combined provides a consistent and creative range for the casting director to browse. When staging performance shots for your portfolio, there are many options to choose from when working with us. 

Additional factors to consider for your shots include costumes and makeup. If you have a special ability, like juggling fire, tightrope walking, stunt driving, working well with large animals, or anything else that will help you stand out, the creative/performance shot is a great way to stand out and highlight your talents in action.

Whether it's your first acting portfolio or updating an old one, it's important to include a wide range of photos to show your performance and casting range, keeping images recent and up to date.

We have provided a few images from a recent creative/performance session our client requested. She was interested in a wide array of photographs and wanted a certain look in story-telling mode style.

The session took place over a 3 hour period in 2 locations, a variety of poses and shots which included editing and unlimited edited images provided in USB format for our client.

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Playing with Light

Playing with Light

A natural look and smile, showing her completely at ease!

A natural look and smile, showing her completely at ease!

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Our actor/model wanted a more alluring look with a mix of rustic. She pulled this off quite nicely!

Our actor/model wanted a more alluring look with a mix of rustic. She pulled this off quite nicely!

This has a magazine, vogue-like feel which we included.

This has a magazine, vogue-like feel which we included.

Playing with silhouettes in the door frame, giving a theatrical feel while showing off her form.

Playing with silhouettes in the door frame, giving a theatrical feel while showing off her form.

We were so pleased to present this portfolio to our client. There were, of course many more images, but these were the main focal point for her and one she was extremely happy with! 

If you would like to book your own session, send us a note or click 'here' for more information.

Happy Performing!!

 

~ Benamoz

Edmonton Portrait Photographer seeking Volunteers for Heritage Photos!

Take a step back in time with us!



Edmonton Portrait Photographer seeking Volunteers for Heritage Photos!

We invite those with an interest in the antique, the unique and the vintage; families, children, couples and individuals to take part in an 'old-world' photo session.

Families, individuals and couples that have or are willing to invest in clothing and props to contribute to their session - in addition to a willingness to take part during the golden hour (late spring/summer/autumn) evenings

SOME IDEAS TO CONSIDER:

***The idea behind each of these sessions is to gather and capture the relationship between people/family members and second, to hold true to as detailed a background and props to a historical era as much as possible.  Background ideas and props include: Vintage buildings, vintage cars, vintage motorcycles, vintage toys, etc, farms, horses, mennonite/amish style, kids and their pets, country settings, vintage gardens and so on....

Here are some other ideas:  

Individual/Family Session: Playful family or individuals in various scenes with a vintage bike, on a fence or perhaps a picnic scene, men in hats and suspenders, old fashioned shoes, woman in a long dress and hat, children in suspenders, long dresses, old hats and other props like large metal toys, flowers, baskets and an old house, trees in the background, among a field or shady trees -  playful, warmth between relationships featured.

Creative Nationalities Session: 

Families/Individuals dressed in traditional wear - any costume from your home country, a playful group or individuals in and around an interesting outdoor setting such as a field, long road or old house/vintage background. Colorful and eye-catching!

Endearing Traditional Session: 

Photographing a grandparent and a child together in a meaningful photograph with or without a meaningful prop or just sharing a passion walking or sitting together. (prop ideas: musical instrument, an old book, a quilt made by family, etc.)

See samples of work and inspirations here:

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Send your ideas by filling out the contact form in this link for consideration!

We can’t wait to see what you have in mind!

Good luck!!

~ Benamoz

Model Interest

Seeking Models in Edmonton and NYC

If you are inspired by art and desire to be part of an artistic photography production; you are in the right place! 

We are always seeking the unique and wonderful differences in each of our subjects. We look for those that have an interest in the arts and can be natural – posing is not on the repertoire! We seek models that can work with us long-term, various types of shoots such as portraiture, vintage sessions, glamour and we are even looking for those that can pose in tasteful ‘au naturel’ style, it is for those who love art, and are wonderfully reliable. 

See some of our inspirations via the links below:

https://www.pinterest.ph/benamoz/study-in-vintage-work-families-individuals-models-/

https://www.pinterest.ph/benamoz/remnants-of-old-stories/

https://www.pinterest.ph/benamoz/model-sessions/  

 

About our Professional Fine Art Photography Productions:

Wonderful locations, professional art direction, elegant props, portable lighting and equipment on location.  

If you are interested in modeling, please fill out the below (your information is for our purposes only - we respect your confidentiality). Once you send us a note we will contact you from there!

Thank you and we will be in touch shortly!

Name *
Name
Are you over the age of 18 and willing to sign a release? *
Some of our projects include posing nude in fine art style. Are you comfortable posing in this manner/aspect? *
***Please note if you do not have a link, we require 3 photos sent to us at photographybybenamoz@icloud.com in a separate email. Thank you!
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Commercial Portfolio, Edmonton Photography

Silhouette of our model.

As I wade a stream, I think wordlessly of where to cast the fly. Sometimes a difference of inches is the difference between catching a fish and not. When the fly I've cast is on the water, my attention is riveted to it. I watch the fly calmly and attentively so that when the fish strikes, I strike. Then, the line tightens, the playing of the fish begins, and time stands still. Fishing, like photography, is an art that calls forth intelligence, concentration, and delicacy." ~ quote by Ansel Adams


www.photographybybenamoz.com ~ Image copyright 2017 Photography by Benamoz Ltd. #edmontonphotographer #benamoz #yeg #photography #classiccreation #creativephotography#canon #profoto

"Delicacy" by Benamoz

"Delicacy" by Benamoz

Edmonton Commercial Photography, "Wild Woman" by Benamoz

"To photograph is to hold one's breath when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy." quote by Henri Cartier-Bresson
www.photographybybenamoz.com ~ Image copyright 2017

"Wild Woman" by Photography by Benamoz Ltd.

"Wild Woman" by Photography by Benamoz Ltd.

Lifting Fog - By Benamoz

Fog everywhere. Fog up the river, where it flows among green aits and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls defiled among the tiers of shipping and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city. Fog on the Essex marshes, fog on the Kentish heights. Fog creeping into the cabooses of collier-brigs; fog lying out on the yards, and hovering in the rigging of great ships; fog drooping on the gunwales of barges and small boats. Fog in the eyes and throats of ancient Greenwich pensioners, wheezing by the firesides of their wards; fog in the stem and bowl of the afternoon pipe of the wrathful skipper, down in his close cabin; fog cruelly pinching the toes and fingers of his shivering little ’prentice boy on deck. Chance people on the bridges peeping over the parapets into a nether sky of fog, with fog all round them, as if they were up in a balloon, and hanging in the misty clouds. ~ Charles Dickens

Lifting Fog - print available at https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/PhotographyByBenamoz

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Hibiscus Print

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more." ~ Lord Byron

Sepia Floral Hibiscus Print by Benamoz Available at https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/PhotographyByBenamoz

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Edmonton Family Portrait - Micaela & Lexi

Our portraiture is all about the story of each person we capture; Micaela and Lexi are no exception and as far as family goes - well, you can't get much closer than this:

"I used to work at a shelter and would work with problem dogs. One day while walking through the shelter I saw Lexi. She was scared, hiding in the back of the kennel but looking into her big icy blue eyes, it was almost love at first sight! I found out that she was probably going to be euthanized as she wasn't fit for adoption since she had been a stray until she came to the shelter. She wouldn't let anyone near her without barking and lunging but I knew I had to do something, so I insisted on taking her home to foster her. It didn't take long for her to take to me, we had a connection almost immediately. Although it took some time and a ton of hard work (and lot's of love) eventually she developed trust, even with strangers and she became the biggest sweetheart ever! I fell so in love with her that I had to foster fail and keep her. Now she is my ever-faithful companion!"

~ Benamoz

Edmonton Best Family Portaiture - Benamoz

Let's Go Back to the Attic - by Benamoz

Our "Let's Go Back to the Attic" project is officially underway!  We are working with various wonderful folks in the Alberta region who are making this historical project a success and we are loving the creativity and range of endless possibilities! Clients have stepped-up, from close-knit families with children, to couples with a love of vintage, to historical society's getting involved, we have had an influx of truly wonderful and creative collaborations on board for our Photography Series!

As one who grew up on a small farm and now living in the city (albeit one could call it an urban farm) I am still drawn to the 'simple life' - it still speaks to me. There is something about living this way, without modern distractions, "things" to take me away from what I genuine long to do - which of course, is to create!

“Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning sun can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day - like writing a poem, or saying a prayer.” 
― Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The idea behind this series is first to gather and capture the relationship between people/family members and second, to hold true to as detailed a background and props of any historical era as closely as possible.

If you would like to get involved in our project, visit this link and fill out our super-quick form: http://www.photographybybenamoz.com/lets-go-to-the-attic - we would love to see your creative ideas and collaborate!

~ Carrie, Producer/Studio Manager of Benamoz

Edmonton - My Best Headshot and Actor Portfolio Photo Session Experiences ~ by Benamoz

I have had the good fortune of working with many actors and models throughout Edmonton, NYC and LA, but just a few stand out in my mind as the more memorable.

"Erin", a fantastic singer was invited to sing as Josh Groban's singing partner in Vancouver. She needed a portfolio created with a variety of headshots and artistic-style imagery that stood out from others.  Naturally, with her fair hair and my obsession of the 'run-down', her session was chalk-full of a few great locations and some wonderful gesture.  Erin was a joy to photograph and had some great stories along the way!

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This gal had some great ideas for apparel and contrast of costume and design. We found that some of her best gesture stemmed from little to be worn at all!

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Our lovely model from Russia desired photographs to build her portfolio and those big brown eyes were only complemented in a white background.  Showing her hands are all a part of the gesture!

 

Benamoz Russian Model

Benamoz Russian Model

Our gesture models desired photos to add to their portfolio together as a couple on the beaches of LA and were an absolute joy to photograph!  See more about their session here

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Benamoz Models LA

Morgan, a wonderful model in Edmonton wanted a few images that stood out in her portfolio. We added some black and white imagery that explored her range of gesture, adding interest and made for an interesting day in various locations. Natural light was used in this image, subtle, yet soft.  Morgan was a wonderful model 

Benamoz Edmonton Model Portfolio

Benamoz Edmonton Model Portfolio

This interesting fellow needed imagery that showcased his best assets - his piercings!  We had a chat about his goals and desires, and his dream in LA was to make it on TV.  Last I saw, he did make it on a show highlighting his many piercings.  

Benamoz Gesture Photography

Benamoz Gesture Photography

"Maria" was an absolute wonder to work with.  She wanted photographs of herself that were full of creativity in a fine art muse-style session.  We were amazed at her range of gesture and as a result of her comfort and her own creativity, many images were created just from the sheer joy and interest in the arts.  Here she portrays a dark look, surrounded by darks.  What an excellent model - a joy to work with! 

Benamoz Model Session

Benamoz Model Session

These are just a few snippets of features from some of my more interesting headshot/portfolio sessions.  My interest in creating portfolios has grown into creating wonderful and interesting works for my clients and working outside of the studio. I find this is where most of the natural gesture comes from - where my clients may be at their most comfortable. I have created a new package speaking to this for a half-day session in various locations and my clients are loving it!  Book your own session here! 

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Benamoz

Benamoz Commercial Work

Benamoz Commercial Work

Headshot Photography - Edmonton, NYC & LA

A few samples of creative headshot work - a little variety of high and low key images.  Contact us to book your session in Edmonton, NYC & LA!