Theatrical Headshots are different than most headshots you see in commercial settings. There are no cheesy smiles, no exotic backgrounds, no artistic lighting. They are meant to get you a part in a play, film, or TV show. When a casting director looks at your headshot, they must be able to see the character you are casting for in you. The headshot must show layers of your personality and emotional depth and they must also show your professionalism. That is quite a bit for one photograph to convey.
In 1918 a young Army aviator from Medford, 3 month before the end of WWI, flew into battle over France and never came home. This past Veteran’s day, the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors which I am a part of, was honored to attend an unveiling for a monument dedicated to that young aviator, his name was Newell Barber.
Medford first airport was located where the south Walmart is now located, between Center Drive and South Pacific Highway. In 1920, that field was dedicated to Newell for his sacrifice to his country and this Veteran’s Day we remembered his sacrifice with this beautiful monument.
The following link is to a story in the Mail Tribune regarding the unveiling. http://www.mailtribune.com/news/20161109/nearly-century-later-Medford-war-hero-will-be-honored
This past week I had the opportunity to shoot Jim Ward and Bert in my studio. Jim is known around town as The Pet Butler. He is the owner of Medford Pet Butler. Jim takes care of your pets while you are away. What a wonderful service that is. When I was living in Los Angeles and traveling here to Medford once a month, it was difficult to find someone to care for my cat Catherine while I was away. I am sure my friend Audra would hesitate in answering my calls. It would have been nice to have a service like Jim’s. If you are going out of town for a month, a week, or even a day, do yourself and your pet a favor, call Jim. (541) 499-1704 jim@MedfordPetButler.com
Bert the dog was a joy to work with as well!!!
This past Sunday I was able to be a part of First United Methodist Church’s Halloween event. I set up a photo booth where attendees could be photographed and receive a complimentary 5×7 portrait for donating 3 food items for their food pantry. It was a lot of fun! It was great to see kids, young and old, celebrating Halloween, having fun, and donating to a good cause.
The last 4 month have had a myriad of changes to my life, my career, and my business. I was always afraid of change, but now I embrace it as it is the only way we grow and improve ourselves. I just 4 short months I moved to Medford, Oregon from Los Angeles. I started my own business as a photographer. I opened up a studio versus working out of my home. I changed careers, no more working on golf courses. I joined the Medford Chamber of Commerce and became one of their Ambassadors. I started volunteering at the Holly Theatre, with Habitat for Humanity, and with Toys for Tots. I had a new website and logo created by a developer, thank you Danielle at Silver Rockets. And of course, this my new blog. I am meeting new people and making new friends. And the best part, I now live close to my kids, which was not the case for the last 5 years. Don’t be afraid of change, I know that not knowing how things will turn out can be scary, but sometimes the things you believe are the worst things that can happen to you sometimes turn out to be the best things that happen to you.