Archive for June, 2011

Artisan Portraits, Stephanie Kramer

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

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I was up for the challenge when multi-talented singer Stephanie Kramer came into the studio telling me that her current profile photo was an old snapshot from a trip to Disneyland. As Managing Director of Oregon choral group Resonance Choral Ensemble, Stephanie is actively involved in the musical scene in Oregon. (Earlier today I saw her trying to round up more ushers for the Oregon Bach Festival programming!)

I grew up obsessed with classical music and have seen my share of ho-hum biographical photos in concert programs. Worse, today with facebook people have access to all kinds of “candid” photos of themselves that sometimes make their way into official programs for lack of a professional alternative. Call me old fashioned, but if you perform for a living it’s not optional to have a fantastic, expressive headshot ready to submit for your summer festivals.

We took all of these images within a very short timeframe. The beauty of being in a controlled environment such as a studio is that the images are all about your personality – there’s a timelessness but also an opportunity to go beyond being just another generic photo on a gray paper background.

I don’t know how Stephanie will react to her photos, but I just received feedback from another recent client who came in to do a headshot for her acting portfolio. She writes:

“I have spent the past 30 minutes in AMAZEMENT. Rachel, there are SO many good photos here!! I wouldn’t even know where to begin to choose the right headshot because there are SO many to choose from! You did an incredible job. I have seriously never had a shoot where so many of the pictures were so usable. You are so, so talented. THANK YOU times a million.”

I’m trying to keep my summer session fees as low as I can to accommodate musicians, artists, and small business owners. I’d love to meet you and learn about your art, then provide you with a small portfolio of images you will love. This summer’s Artisan Portrait days are July 13, July 27, August 24, September 14 when I am offering short 30 minute sessions in the studio for $125. Wheee!

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Eli, yay!

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

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David Burn, Chief Storyteller

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

David Burn Portland OR
David Burn Portland OR

David Burn, Chief Storyteller at Bonehook, a Marketing Services Company in Portland.

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Casting Call 01, success!

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

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Q: Did you like being photographed by Rachel? What was your favorite part?
Aryanna: Yes. Just hanging out with her was my favorite part. She is pretty cool.
Kaety: Yes. My favorite part would have to be the lightning round [at the end].

Q: What did you think about coming to the photo studio?
Aryanna: I thought it would be fun. When I got there I liked the space. It made it easy to do what I was doing.
Kaety: I liked it. I liked just getting to be there.

Q: What do you think about being in pictures? Was it hard work? or 100% fun?
Aryanna: I liked it. She got me used to it. It was 100% fun.
Kaety: 100% fun. I liked getting to do all these cool poses and stuff.

Q: Any other advice for kids out there?
Aryanna: You don’t have to be a super star to [be photographed at the studio].
Kaety: I would recommend it to them because it is really fun.

 

 

 

Photography: Rachel Hadiashar
Styling: Cindy Page
Models: Aryanna and Kaety
Type of Shoot: Casting call test session; child headshots for comp card
Location: Portland, Oregon
Date: May 2011

Idiot or Genius?

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

IdiotorGenius Portland OR

I did a little studio shoot for local Portland company Idiot or Genius. We got some funny, quirky little photos for them with my friends Oscar and Cadence and Aryanna and Kaety. I hope IoG sells more from their kids line (but they also do some very “adult” work with show posters and other screenprint designs as well).

Right now their eponymous t-shirt is a top seller.

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They also have some very Portland, and some subtly political stuff as well:

IdiotorGenius Portland OR

IdiotorGenius Portland OR




You should check out their stuff! I’m trying to get them to list these t-shirts up on their etsy page asap to accommodate the rush of orders after you all fall in love with their quirky, brilliant work.