I have to be one of the most uptight people in front of a camera, which for an actor, is not what one might expect! Most of my pictures turn out like Chandler from Friends! I always joke, "If you want my best side, let me turn around!". Just knowing a camera is around immediately makes me uptight and stilted.
That all changed the day I agreed to do headshots with Blake Yelavich. Before the shoot, he sent me a video showing his style and manner of working. It seemed so simple. The day of the shoot, he took the time with me to just talk; he explained every step of what we'd do and immediately put me at ease.
We took hundreds of pictures in a one block radius! He talked me through every step, giving me more and more confidence! His expression when he knew he had captured a good one allowed me to relax even more. He showed me shots as we went along, which seeing them at that moment, actually made me want to take more and more!
Then the hard part...looking at each of them, untouched. I was afraid when that email came, but again, pleasantly surprised that anyone could capture me without a fake or awkward smile. I let him pick which ones to touch up, as by this point, I had so much faith in his creative ability. He didn't let me down at this step either!
I am anxious to get back in front of the camera with Blake and at least weekly, recommend him to friends, family, and businesses!