When Jillian Ashley came for her professional theatrical headshot session, the one thing that was our mutual goal was authenticity. See, right from the minute you meet Jillian you feel an instant connection. That's what it's all about. Connecting. I felt it when I met her. Her fans and those watching her on screen will feel that same connection. She has this amazing sense of self; an unwavering confidence that makes working with her an absolute breeze.
She has so much personality. Serious Jillian. Kind Jillian. Funny Jillian. Go-with-the-flow-roll-with-whatever Jillian. She arrived with her small entourage; who turned out to be exactly what I needed in order to make this session be everything that no one knew it needed to be.
Our session started out a little on the sketchy side with my wondering if we would even be able to move forward due to a malfunctioning, finicky camera (don't even get me started!). My client's mother, (also my "detail girl"), made a comment beforehand that she believes in God. Maybe it was a miracle; the power of prayer. Maybe it was dumb luck, I don't know. What I do know is that this camera came through for us and made a decision to do its job for the entire session!
For the entire three hours that we were together never once did young woman's eyes dull or look dead. Her stamina for character representations could go on and on and on. I have to remember to bring snacks and water on these on-location sessions because they can be intense at times. Without a word, Jillian's people were extremely responsive. They just jumped in and helped do whatever needed to be done. I was not expecting that, but it was nice to have a team working together for a common goal. Whatever it takes! Thank you three so much!!
In many cases, photographers have a job to deceive. The deception to make someone look taller, shorter, thinner, heavier, etc by strategic placing of one person in relation to another or by photographing from various angles. Although sometimes various angles are used in deception, for theatrical headshots the point of using angles is to capture the essence of a person at the best angle for that person's features; i.e. face shape, eyes, etc. The purpose of theatrical headshots is to NOT deceive. Casting directors and agents want to see the real person. A headshot photographer's job is to capture that essence. Editing is light. Pulling out their beauty from within is the task. Jillian Ashley rocks her authentic beauty effortlessly (and her flip flops!!!). You can't help but love her!
When I asked Jillian Ashley what she was interested in, she pretty much mentioned drama and comedy. She is a stand-up comedian who likens herself to Louis CK. Well, he happens to be one of the the highest paid comedians out there today. As an actress in the Big Apple, she has been getting work; including some voice-overs. It's no wonder that she has such a bright future ahead of her. Although I have not heard her sing, she has a voice that tells me that she can sing, and very well.
My light guy, "Dave" was there on-the-ready casting this amazing light right onto Jillian's already gorgeous eyes. "Dave" also happens to be "Eric" to Jillian. He could not get enough of those hypnotic eyes. He's so good at playing dual roles too! When he wasn't playing "Dave" he took some amazing pullbacks from our session. I can't wait to see them!
Jillian Ashley, thank you for the awesome opportunity to capture your essence. I wish you wonderfully awesome opportunities in the City That Never Sleeps. Dave, thank you for shining your ever loving light onto Jillian Ashley! Rosie, words can't express my gratitude for ensuring my safety and focusing on those details that made a good shot, a great shot!
I am blessed.