Problem Solving

Jun 19, 2021

I received an interesting request from my friend and Financial Advisor, Brett Blackwell with Edward Jones.  He asked if I could create Professional Executive Headshot portraits of him, posed specifically for cut-outs for Social Media.  We chatted a bit about the details and I agreed to give it a shot… see what I just did there J

It was great to work with Brett in my studio.  Here are a few ‘behind the scenes’ shots, and the results.

https://www.edwardjones.com/brett-blackwell

How to create a great Headshot-1

Step 1: Look Silly

… when noone else is around!

How to create a great Headshot-2

Step 2: Simple Details

A simple background sometimes isn’t so simple

How to create a great Headshot-3

Step 3: Perfecting the Lighting

Getting the lights just right is the basis of great headshots.

How to create a great Headshot-4

Step 4: Perfecting the Color

Calibrating for color ensures a great portrait

How to create a great Headshot-5

Step 5: Client Needs Are Satisfied

When it ALL Comes Together

Process for a great headshot 1

Step 6: The final Composite

on Brett’s Social Media page.

The REAL DEAL Headshot

Step 7: Take it to the next level:

Give 100%. Making the client VERY Happy

https://www.edwardjones.com/brett-blackwell

About Stuart Hasson Studios

I want to scream this from the Mountain Tops: PORTRAITS ARE IMPORTANT!
As I get older, this feeling reveals itself so often.  We say it WAY too often; “I wish I had just one more, better, current, great (whatever) picture of my Dad, sister, best friend or child… and now I’ll never have it.”  It doesn’t have to be that heavy,  but the feeling is the same.  Portraits are Important.

This image reminds me of when I could jump off the porch and still walk 🙂
We were in Falmouth, ME with a client family creating wonderful images with my retired Hasselblad (film) camera.  I’m back there now (in my mind) and I can smell the warm sea breeze, hear the kids laughing and the parents putting up with my dumb jokes.  I was on top of the world.

This picture is about 30 years old but it brings me back every time I look at it.  THAT’s why I’m a photographer: To help people REMEMBER all of the good things in their Life!

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