Posts Tagged ‘headshots’

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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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

headshots: Tricia

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

My favorite stylist Tricia just moved from Boston out to Portland and I wanted to make sure we updated her headshots on the way out.

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Isn’t she adorable? I love doing lighthearted portrait sessions with such interesting and lovely results… we were shooting at a hotel location and almost got kicked out.

[ Want to see more from her collection? ]

Christine Saw, opera singer

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Susan Johnston, the Urban Muse

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

I’m always happy to have another opportunity to photograph fellow artists, and I love to meet up with freelance writer Susan Johnston. She’s intelligent, ambitious, and always full of interesting stories. Check her out over at The Urban Muse!

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We did Susan’s headshots over at a nonprofit writing center called Grub Street, located in an old historic building the overlooks Boston Common. Pretty cool and interesting space – I bet you didn’t even know that it exists!

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casting call: young girl

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

I’m headed to an apple orchard in Stow MA on Monday, October 20 and looking for a young girl who I have not yet photographed between age 5 and 14 for a test shoot in the apple orchard. This session may be used as headshots or just fun portraits with the beautiful trees. A parent would be required to be present at the shoot, and sign a model release. Time is negotiable based on your school schedule, but my preference would be for a 3:00 session.

Please spread the word if you know someone who might be interested.
Email for more info or to sign up!

Casting Call details

Who: girl, age 5-14 years – must be accompanied by parent (who will not be in shoot)
Logistics: Monday, October 20 at Carver Hill Orchard (address below)

Session fee: $250 (waived due to my specific request for test shoot)
Model release:
parental release required
online proof gallery from photo shoot, 8×10″ fine art print of your choice from the session
Rachel Hadiashar

Carver Hill Orchard
Brookside Ave
Stow, MA  01775
(978) 897-6117


Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

I was delighted to make another friend – Puerto Rican beauty Cristina – last week for a custom photography session in Cambridge. Isn’t Cristina charming? She’s packing up her house in Boston for med studies back in Puerto Rico and wanted to leave her friends with something special.

Although I brand and market toward weddings, bridals, and Boston boudoir photography, I am more than happy to provide custom photography commissions for people who love my style. I especially love to give a fashion-editorial look to my headshot sessions. In fact, you might not know this but I offer complimentary maternity and newborn sessions to all of my wedding clients!

[ see more photos of cristina here. ]
(be sure to check out the throwing petals photos toward the end!)