Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Top Tips For Great Modelling Headshots

What is a Model Headshot and what makes it different to other pictures? The difference is what the picture is going to be used for. When you think about modelling, it's all about fashion photography and runway shows, it's clothing, products, fabulous magazine and web campaigns and of course the models themselves. A great headshot grabs the viewer and holds them. A great headshot is the tool to to launch a career, to book amazing fashion jobs, to be remembered by, it's a picture to never forget! That special photograph is very important and it's the photographer and their team working together with the model that creates that unforgettable image. Which is why you need a photographer who understands what fashion and modelling is all about. Scroll down for my Top Tips!

A selection of headshot photography to illustrate how to take modelling portfolio headshots - Photos by Kent Johnson.

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So what are my Top Tips?

Find your angle – 
left side right side, up or down. No two people are the same so as a photographer you need to find the angle that works for them. As a model it is helpful to know what angle works for you; this can help deliver better shots faster – but don't get too locked in; many photographers can find something new, a new you by changing the angle. So know what works but be ready to experiment too.

Get close -
there's a reason it's called a headshot! While the trends go from head and neck to mid chest; the classic headshot really is just the head. If you have great bone structure and well proportioned features with great symmetry, closer will work well for you. If your key look is your body, a longer shot may work better. Photographers, going in super close means it's time to change that wide angle for a telephoto, which is generally a much more flattering focal length to work with on a headshot.
Male model headshot, close up style in black and white, photographed on location by Kent Johnson.
IMG Sydney model Mason M.

It's you but it's not really a portrait -
This would have to be one of the most confusing and perhaps difficult to realise aspects of model headshot photography. This is a portrait but it needs to go into the fashion zone, the modelling zone and not the mum / dad / friends love me zone. And honestly it is something many photographers clearly don't get and many aspiring models too. If you are serious about being in the fashion industry you need to be in alignment with fashion. Wacky, “fun” or party-time with people cut out photographs just won't cut it. Go to the BIG modelling agency websites and look at the model portfolios online. Yes you can do that. See what they use – this is what you need.
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Emotive headshot in colour, photographed in Prague with model Nikola R. Pho by Kent Johnson.
Model Nikola R. in Prague.

Work with the best you can -
Which also means spend some money.. If you are yet to land an agent the easiest way to get a great headshot is to book a photographer that knows what they are doing! Yes you can go down the Gumtree/Facebook/Craigslist path but you may very well be wasting your time and end up with pictures that do not show your true potential – and that is a wrong turn that can easily be avoided. Cut to the chase; do your research, find a fashion or beauty photographer who shoots model portfolios; email them, book them – done!
Studio headshot in black and white for Emma K, photographed by Kent Johnson.
Emma k - Studio Photoshoot, Sydney.

Do a full portfolio shoot with a few headshots -
As a photographer photographing new talent, I like to work on headshots across a full portfolio photoshoot of three to five looks. Simply because everyone hits their peak on a shoot at a different point or with a different look. Working on headshots across the photoshoot allows for more choices once the shoot is done.  Yes you may end up with the tough – too many good shots to choose from problem, but I just call that the good problem and more shots to choose from is a great place to be.
Black and white photograph, headshot and male modelling comp card for James S by Kent Johnson.
Comp Card Headshot for James Scott.

So that's it; fashion and photography change all the time, but even as they change some things remain the same. The importance of a great headshot! And if you like what you see here, drop me a line to book your headshot photoshoot. www.kentjohnsonphotography.com.au/ModellingPortfolios.htm

Telling Stories in Pictures all over the world..
Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863

Monday, 30 October 2017

Find & Work with Fashion Blogger Photographers in Sydney & the World

How do you find a professional photographer to help you take your blogging to the next level? One who you can collaborate with and afford to take pictures for your Blog? Here in Sydney, or anywhere else for that matter. It's a tricky question, and one that with over 10 years experience as both a photographer and blogger; I am more than qualified to share some thoughts and tips on. Helping you find and get the most from working with photographers, right here in Sydney or the rest of the world. And that includes me!
Title Image - Finding & Working with Fashion Blog Photographers in Sydney & the World - Article and photography by Kent Johnson.
Other than my own work here and on Street Fashion Sydney, I have been working with my partner Vivienne Shui on her blogs vivalaViv and now, luxury travel site White Caviar Life; where we have both learn't from each other; about leveraging up the quality of your work, collaborating and how to get the most from your creative vision. Just scroll down to learn more -
Fashion blogger Vivienne Shui in a stunning Paris hotel room night shot with the Eiffel Tower in the background. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

It's Time to Trade Up!

By now you have no doubt already asked many favours of camera owning friends, significant others and questioned just about everyone you know about the making and how-to of getting better pictures. Then comes the time when although you have the ideas; the pictures are just not coming out how you would like. It's time to start exploring the world of professional photographers and photography.
First stop; the internet!
 Blogging is about being social, it's about developing friendships, so is photography too, but the way to find a photographer is through search; possibly why you are here right now! For search you will find Google is your new best friend. In the search box try, Your City - Sydney - Fashion or Lifestyle - Photographer.. and up will come some results (looks like I'm currently on page 2..) Then you need to start doing your research. Look carefully at the websites, take a detailed look. What sort of 'fashion' does this photographer do; does it fit my vision now - or where I want to my blog to go? If the answer is no; it's onto the next website; yes, bookmark it until you have seen a few more. You can also search on Instagram using #tags, #Sydneyphotographer #Photoshoot etc; check out fellow local bloggers @credits to see who they are shooting with too. One useful tip about looking at any photographers work, is deciding if it is consistent or not. If it's a bit all-over-the-place on their website, they may not be ready for your hard earned cash. Keep looking until you find a style that suits and consistency of work across their portfolio.
Studio collaboration with Margaret Zhang - Shine by Three; Photography by Kent Johnson.
Studio collaboration with Margaret Zhang - Shine By Three
When you have seen enough websites or IG pages and found a few you like, its time to make contact. The first question to ask via email or even txt is if the photographer does blogger collaborations or has a special package? Unlike my model portfolio packages I don't have a set blogger package yet.. Mostly because different bloggers need different things - so at the moment, just ask me and let me know your needs and I will come up with a custom package just for you. Some photographers already have special blogger packages ready to go. But before you email any photographer about photoshoots, and this contact is usually best by email; here are some important things to think about.
Lifestyle pictures for social media and marketing by Kent Johnson.
Be realistic about your needs. Plan your shoots carefully around the pictures your blog post will need. Sounds obvious I know.. but time is money; and simply asking a Pro to take endless shots just hoping to get something right (might do ok..) but is unlikely to deliver the best results. How many outfits and how many types of shot? Full length and details are different pictures and while you can sometimes crop a detail from a bigger picture.. again, the best results happen when you know what you require beforehand; shoes, yes; full length, tick; earrings detail + necklace; that's a beauty shot - good, got it, done!
vivalaViv fashion blog photographs, blogger photographer collaboration with Vivienne Shui and Sydney photographer Kent Johnson.
My partner started her first blog with a rule to only ever use one shot per blog post - I know even I was shocked. Of course these days she uses more but how many do you need - Need to tell the story? Front, back, side, close-ups, a long shot? Maybe some scenery to set the mood too? OK it is not always possible to know exactly the number and best looks before the shoot, but if you have a plan; you are going to be more effective as a team coming up with the gold standard of shot you really need. Put together an outline and let the photographer know the details in writing before the shoot.
Reclining woman in a hat, fashion blog photographs, blogger and photographer collaboration, Vivienne Shui with Sydney photographer Kent Johnson.
Ask for usage, not copyright. What! That's right and it's a biggie. A professional photographer is not going to sign over their image copyright to you for the kind of money we are most likely talking about here. But that is OK because you don't need the copyright, all you need is a usage agreement. So don't let copyright close down the conversation, think about what you need to use the pictures for. Your Instagram, Pintrest, Your Blog of course! But that's really it. If you are doing some thing with a brand, discuss this upfront. If it's simple cross tagging that's probably OK - if it's a campaign on the sly or by stealth.. your new friend the professional photographer can possibly help you cut a better deal; without anyone misrepresenting themselves. For many bloggers, this will be a non-issue; just ask that you can use the shots as Editorial on your site and social media platforms - confirm by email, and you will be good to go.
How to find the right photographer for your Blog? Photograph of White caviar Life blogger Vivienne Shui in Paris at night with the Eiffel Tower, Photo by Kent Johnson.

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So you have done your research, found the right photographer - you know what you want to shoot and where. It's time to make contact. Good luck with you blogging; I hope these tips help you to take your blog to the next level. And if you are in Sydney or coming to Sydney and need a photographer, please think about working with me - we may just be a blogger - photographer collaboration made in heaven!

Telling Stories in Pictures all over the world..
Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863

Friday, 27 October 2017

Gaz - Making a Splash with a Harbour Beach Modelling Portfolio Shoot

I am just going to admit right here and now that the idea of Gaz doing a post-swim beach shower shot was not mine. It was Gaz's idea; and I for one am glad he presented it to me so I could give it some thought as to how best make the shot. The thing with photographs, if they are not bad shots, they generally look easy to make. I mean they should look easy; who wants shots that make you wonder why it doesn't work.. You want pictures that make you think, "Wow" "that's great" "their a knockout" "I'd love to go there" that sort of thing - not gosh - "they really should learn something about styling or lighting or how to hold the camera straight.." You know what I mean; there's plenty of that on your Facebook page, Snapchat or Insta already.. So I did what any good photographer will do. I said, "great, but lets start over here first" which to be fair to myself was the right move because once you get wet you are no longer dry. Continued below - just scroll down!
Gaz, a strong, black and white mid shot, shit off, male modelling portfolio shot on Location in Sydney Australia by Kent Johnson.
So starting with our key looks first - full length, mid and head shots also gave me time to think about how the outdoor shower shot might work best. Initially the sun was still too high, the cliff on one side looked very dull and shaded; there was plenty to think about. So we got started on the 'simple' shots which also gives me time to get to know the model, let them get used to me and the camera; loosen up, and get that all important connection between the model and the camera happening. By the time we were done with those looks, the sun was lower; and I saw I could grab back-lit shots, the type I had been planning to do sometime at another Sydney beach; and also shoot out into the harbour for some blue water with well balanced light. Thanks Gaz for a great shoot. Need a folio, hit me up; I loved shooting this folio Makin' It Happen - Location Modelling Portfolio for Gaz,. PS, right now you get a Video Headshot + Agency Digitals, BOTH of which are a current BONUS, with selected packages so don't delay, BOOK NOW! 0433 796 863 kent@artcommunication.com.au
Mid to head-shot in colour with beach towel like a Roman god. Male modelling portfolio shot on Location in Sydney Australia by Kent Johnson.
Horizontal mid shot playing with geometry. Male modelling portfolio shot on Location in Sydney Australia by Kent Johnson.
Outdoor harbour beach location with shower spray. Male modelling portfolio shot on Location in Sydney Australia by Kent Johnson.
Mid to head-shot, back-lit water spray. Outdoor harbour beach location with shower spray. Male modelling portfolio shot on Location in Sydney Australia by Kent Johnson.
Bonus Digitals - Male modelling portfolio shot on Location in Sydney Australia by Kent Johnson.
Bonus Digitals
Headshot in black and white. Male modelling portfolio shot on Location in Sydney Australia by Kent Johnson.
Action shot with shower spray and harbour and parkland in background. Male modelling portfolio shot on Location in Sydney Australia by Kent Johnson.
Gaz walking out of the sea. Male modelling portfolio shot on Location in Sydney Australia by Kent Johnson.
Long mid shot in colour with towel and a happy grin. Male modelling portfolio shot on Location in Sydney Australia by Kent Johnson.
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Body shot in black and white. Male modelling portfolio shot on Location in Sydney Australia by Kent Johnson.
Back-lit body shot in swimming trunks with sunlight in shower spray. Male modelling portfolio shot on Location in Sydney Australia by Kent Johnson.
Seated in white tee shirt and shorts. Male modelling portfolio shot on Location in Sydney Australia by Kent Johnson.
Three quarter back-lit body shot in swimming trunks with sunlight in shower spray. Male modelling portfolio shot on Location in Sydney Australia by Kent Johnson.
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Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863

Monday, 16 October 2017

Under Mercury Vapours - A Fashion Photoshoot by Night

Under Mercury Vapours, Title Shot. Vishmi wears ROLLA'S Camille Wrap Dress in Floral print, Old School Vans skate shoes. photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.Still life, old church at night, grand columns.. Photo by Kent Johnson.Traveller Palm, still life composition and photograph by Kent Johnson.With movement. Vishmi wears photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.Born from the shadow, Vishmi wears ROLLA'S Eastcoast Flare Overall; photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.Casual stance, Vishmi wears ROLLA'S Eastcoast Flare Overall; photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.Vishmi wears Abrand Jeans Sleeveless Check Shirt  ROLLA'S Dusters Short in Astral blue, Vans Old Skool Sneakers; photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.Portrait, Vishmi wears Abrand Jeans Sleeveless Check Shirt  ROLLA'S Dusters Short in Astral blue, Vans Old Skool Sneakers; photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.B&W photo Vishmi wears Dr Martens and White Skivy Models Own, ROLLA'S Eastcoast Flare Overall, photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.He wears, Levi's Jeans & Commuter Jacket, AKUBRA Hat. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.Vishmi wears Dr Martens and White Skivy Models Own, ROLLA'S Eastcoast Flare Overall, photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.

Under Mercury Vapours - Magazine layout..
Under Mercury Vapours. A fashion story, P1-2 By Kent Johnson.
Under Mercury Vapours. A fashion story, P3-4. Photography by Kent Johnson.
Under Mercury Vapours. A fashion story, P5-6. Photography by Kent Johnson.
Under Mercury Vapours. A fashion story, P7-8. Photography by Kent Johnson.
Under Mercury Vapours. A fashion story, P9-10. Photography by Kent Johnson.
Under Mercury Vapours. A fashion story, P11-12. Photography by Kent Johnson.

I have long been in love with this location and wanted to photograph there, although until recently it has not been accessible in the way it was for our photoshoot. I also wanted to keep it simple; energy, connection, emotion, that is the story I am after. So I am very grateful to Vishmi for taking the 'risk' of shooting with me in such a quiet and personal manner. We had an enjoyable time (crew-less but not clueless..) and it all happened reasonably quickly, the magic of the shoot unfolding quite seamlessly. The still life shots of the location were made during the site's transitional phases in the weeks preceding our shoot. You have to keep an eye on things! The idea for the title is from the gas in the street lights that give a yellow cast, they are Mercury Vapour lamps - or at least they used to be..

Thanks to Portobello PR for the great clobber.

Photographer/Stylist - Kent Johnson
Model - Vishmi Helaratne
Layout & Design - Kent Johnson

ROLLA'S - Camille Wrap Dress - Floral
Dr Martens - Models Own
White Skivy - Models Own
ROLLA'S Eastcoast Flare Overall in Salty Rain
Dr Martens Boots - Models Own
Abrand Jeans - A. Sleeveless Shirt - Check
ROLLA'S - Dusters Short - Astral blue
Vans Old Skool Sneakers
He wears, Levi's Jeans & Commuter Jacket, AKUBRA Hat.
See it scrolling sideways HERE  http://www.kentjohnsonphotography.com.au/09Fashion/Summer_Night_Fashion.htm

Telling Stories in Pictures all over..
Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863

Friday, 1 September 2017

Ren's Birthday Fashion Portrait Shoot in the Studio

I always consider it a privilege to be able to create a fashion portfolio or studio portrait. It's a very important occasion for most people and not something I ever take lightly. It is also a very special feeling when a friend and artist asks you if you would photograph their daughter for their birthday; and to have the photo session on the big day! That's how it happened and Ren's Mum had to do the hard work of  keep the morning of her birthday free - for a surprise - and then get the wardrobe sorted for the secret shoot!

We all had a great time and I took the opportunity to make a mother and daughter portrait too; how could you let a chance like that slip by! The shoot itself was a customised version of one of  modelling packages here; I can make a custom special event for you too. My favourite shots from the shoot are below.

Black and White Studio Fashion Portrait on Ren's Birthday. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Studio Fashion Portrait - Ren, colour three quarter shot. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Ren, black and white birthday portrait, photographed in the studio, Sydney, Australia. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Studio Fashion Portrait - Ren, Black and White, Jeans and Black Tee Shirt

Birthday Studio Fashion Portrait - Ren, Black and White, black tee-shirt. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Black and White in Colour - Studio Fashion Portrait - Ren in black formal dress. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Black and White in Colour - Studio Birthday Portrait with Mother and Daughter. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Call me about your special portrait shoot.
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Kent Johnson is a professional photographer working from Sydney, Australia.

Kent Johnson,
Sydney, Australia.

0433 796 863