Been a busy bee lately shooting for a luxury designer store in the city. I'm also building their website right in time for the holiday season so hopefully there will be a lot of holiday shoppers coming through.
It's a very exciting project because all the items are gorgeous pieces.
As always I'm happy to be so lucky to work on projects I enjoy so much.
Pretty NYC sights
Life in NYC can get extremely busy, and before you know it you have waaaaay too many responsibilities and time commitments to even realize the beauty and wonderful opportunities that are around us.
In that sense, I do like getting to meet some ot the transient population of NY (the people that come for an internship and have an expiration date as to how long they'll be here for). They always seem so excited about everything and everything they do and everywhere they go is "the coolest ever".
On the other hand however, I can find those people to be extremely annoying because they seem to not be aware what the reality is in terms of what making an actual life happen in NYC requires of you, and they always question why you aren't doing all these "amazing things" (to which I answer in my head "it's called I ave a real life, and i'm not just sitting there blowing through my or my parents money")..
In any case, I do try to keep the magic alive, and to take in as much of New York City as i can, and as often as I can.
Sometimes this just means a 5 minutes of sitting out at central park, but hey! at least its better than nothing ;) So here are a fe images from the last few days. I'll be sharing what i can, as often as possible ;)
"The Tribute in Light is an art installation of 88 searchlights placed next to the site of the World Trade Center to create two vertical columns of light in remembrance of the September 11 attacks. It is produced annually by The Municipal Art Society of New York. It initially ran as a temporary installation from March 11 to April 14, 2002, and was launched again in 2003 to mark the second anniversary of the attack. As of 2013, it has been repeated every year on September 11. It had been announced that 2008 would be its final year, but the tribute was continued in 2009. On December 17, 2009, it was confirmed that the tribute would continue through to the tenth anniversary of the attacks in 2011, but continued again in 2012. As of July 23, 2012, plans are underway for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum to assume the lease for the MTA property used during this tribute, and to begin transitioning operation of the tribute from the Municipal Art Society to the memorial foundation.."
A little photoshop goes a long way
Some people say your headshot is the first impression you'll make when it comes to an audition, or casting, and this may very well be true. however this doesn't mean you need to spend everything in your piggy bank in order to get the perfect one to take in (specially) for your potential first few jobs!
Granted, you should probably not have take a selfie, or a random snapshot where you think you look great (I have seen some people use prom pictures and what not for a headhsot) , but there is no need to pay more than maybe $100-$200 for a great looking shot.
That's where the magic of photoshop can come in extremely handy.
Considering the following facts...
a) hiring a photographer who has a lot of lighting equipment (which probably needs to be in their personal studio) may run anywhere between $150-$400,
b) an outdoor session may be not only out of the question because of the winter, but because they can be more expensive, and its a pain to walk around with everything you and your photographer may need during the shoot,
c) you may potentially already be a starving artist, and the job you may get (thanks to your headshot) could possibly not even pay for the cost of your photographer's fees after an entire month of work
...then you might want to consider just finding a photographer with the right eye and some decent retouching skills.
As you can see in the example above I show the transitional steps between a 'normal' ok shot and the finished product a beautiful headshot. I took that shot with indoor 'home' lighting and no flash, and worked three different versions with very mild photoshopping that mimic the results of proper (and very expensive) studio lighting. Also for those outdoor headshot lovers, i did an outdoor version.
Having an idea of what expensive headshots look like is definitely important, that way trying to achieve the same results is somewhat easier. You can do this by simply googling headshots of famous people, who obviously have access to the best photographers. Another key thing is having good material to start from.
So I encourage you today to find yourself a friend who knows how to use photoshop, or an affordable photographer who is willing to photograph and retouch your image for a reasonable price, or even maybe just photoshop a picture you or a friend of yours took for you for a flat fee.
D a e v i d M e n d i v i l
is a NYC-based multi-disciplinary artist in the visual and performing arts, creating expressive works through dance, music, photography, painting, film & design.
What ever happened to taking nice elegant photos?
I found this in my archives from like 4 years ago. I don't remember anyone else ever dressing up in an elegant gown or dress after besides this shoot. I don't even think most people own a dress like this, or have an event to attend that requires them to own one, which is a shame.
I took this photos at the subjects home. A beautiful loft with lots of light coming in and a private mini dance studio. As you can see in the back there is a barre behind her. I think only dancers have the good enough posture to carry a dress like this and look like royalty.