I was talking to a realtor the other day and she was lamenting about how people don’t recognize her from her head shot on her web site. My first thought was “no wonder it’s completely out of date!” I am the first one to admit, I do NOT like having my photo taken, but in today’s internet world, there is no getting past it. This poor woman’s head shot was at least ten years old with a cheesy old fashioned back ground.
Here at MarkLovettphotography.com we recommend getting a new business portrait taken every five years. Mark does a superlative job of getting an awesome image that looks natural, but better than what you normally look like. In other words, he will make you look your best, but at the same time people will know it’s you! He has a certain lighting technique that gets extra catch lights in the eyes. He knows how to position and how to light his subjects.
Everyone can benefit from a great business portrait…models, business people, actors, people on online dating sites, you name it. Here are some samples from our Studio. Note, some of these are outside and some are in our Studio.
If you live in Gaithersburg, Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Washington DC, Potomac, McLean, Kensington, or Rockville, give us a call to schedule an appointment at 301 873 4701. Or we are happy to come to your place of work. We give discounts to large groups.
Over the past ten years or so, formal photography has sort of gone out of vogue. That is not to say that couples don’t want those traditional family portraits, just that capturing real emotion from the players has become a lot more meaningful. As I stated in my last post, Mark has an uncanny ability to capture these moments. He may see a little gem in an overall shot, that others may not see, and hone in on it and crop it in a way that brings it to life. There is a shine or glistening quality to Mark’s images that really come out under his editing skills. Below are some photojournalistic samples focusing on couples. Notice the very real emotions that are captured by Mark.
I love these type of shots! Some of these shots were taken from very far away, but thanks to the super sniper lens that is no problem for Mark. Let us help you retain the memories of your special day. Give us a call at 301 873 4701 and let’s talk.
Please enjoy some of my recent photos taken at Antrim 1844 in Taneytown, MD recently.
Antrim 1844 is a very special place and I love creating art there. It’s a beautiful venue for weddings, special events, and just a great place to create portraits.
The folks there are really friendly too and the food is incredible. I really love the scenery surrounding the old historic mansion as well.
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Beautiful Antrim 1844 Wedding Photography by Antrim 1844 Wedding Photographer Mark Lovett
ACTOR PORTRAITS AND HEADSHOTS by Mark Lovett Photography at marklovettphotography.com.
This young man is a very talented dancer and actor, and I recently had the pleasure of creating some portraits for him to use for his resume, and I am so happy to say, that within a month of distributing his new portraits he did receive an acting spot in a national commercial filmed in New York!
We shot quite a bit of variety today……. classic portraits, fun candids, outdoor natural light, indoor window light with wide apertures, and off camera flash. They all give different looks, and I like them all. It’s nice to have variety. A lot of photographers ask what kind of flash gear we use so I’ll mention that we used a Profoto AcuteB 600R portable pack and head with a 2X3′ Profoto soft box for the off camera flash shots.
All the children were adorable. We found the right light outdoors, with the right background, and set the children up, and guided them a little bit. Of course, children at this age have a mind of their own and a short attention span, so we try to make sure they are having fun and keep it moving quickly. They are pretty much moving targets and we have to be ready to catch a shot at all times.
Can you tell in which of the above shots we used natural outdoors light, indoors window light, and off camera flash? It’s three totally unique looks, and all very beautiful I think.
Sometimes kids listen to the photographer better than they listen to mommy and daddy!
Below, we had a good time shooting candids with the kids too! We just try and find the right light and let em play.
This was getting pretty close to mid-day sun, so the lighting outside was challenging!
Oh yes, the bubble machine worked wonders!
Now we are moving inside, working with window light, and shooting wide apertures usually around f2.
Little girls do love to play dress-up!
Sometimes I prefer a black & white finish.
This is a figurative painting that I am creating for a gallery or collector.
It is a 30×30″ oil on canvas in progress, and we are looking for name for it at this time.
If interested in my detailed procedure, see the Commission Portrait Painting blog. In this blog I would prefer to just add some abbreviated notes.
I designed a painting composition based on a recent photo shoot with my favorite model at the Landon Azalea garden in Bethesda, MD. After I stretched my 30×30″ white linen canvas, I applied a very thin alziarin/black and white under painting to the canvas and let it dry for two days. I don’t usually sketch a line drawing, instead I painted the figure directly on canvas as shown by the below two photos.
Above is my first figurative paint layer which I applied very thinly, kept loose, and let dry.
I added another darker layer on her face and hair. I create darker layers first, then add lighter layers on top. Im starting to add the foliage.
Im continuing with the foliage and adding a darker layer on her dress. I want to paint her dress fairly close to where it will be before I lay in the foliage that will cover part of the dress.
Foliage added on top of dress. Background gets another layer. Im going dark with black/greens for depth so the light figure pops, but I will also add some mid-tone green foliage coming out from the dark shadow.
Added some mid tone green foliage in background.
I now have the painting completely laid in. The composition has been established. Value and color temperature decisions have been made. Paint layers have been built up and there is now sufficient paint accurately laid in, and since I didnt paint up to lines, my edges are mainly soft and loose like I like them. The paint finish is beginning to glow with a beautiful luminescence.
Now it’s time to step back, take it all in, squint down, look at the painting carefully in my mirror, and decide where I want take it from here. I try not to over think it, however when a painting gets pretty far along, if I lose my focus, the painting could look worse at the end of a long session, and it’s not like photoshop, you can’t go back to previous layers. After a 6 hour painting session the previous day, it’s pretty painful when your wife says I liked it better before your last session!
So it’s important to have a plan, step back and look carefully often. I try not to obsess on the same area for too long….just do the best I can with it in a reasonable period of time and move on, knowing I will come back on it later if necessary.
Oh yea, did I mention prayer? Especially in later stages, for fear of going backwards, also because the finishing layers are so critical, I really need to be in the right state of mind when working. In order to get in the right state of mind, I typically play gregorian chants (and other soft peaceful music…whatever works), get on my knees and pray for God to guide my brush. When I lose focus or get confused or frustrated when painting, I do it again. It helps alot.
New decisions will have to be made. I dont have the time or energy to paint every leaf, flower or strand of hair that exists in reality, so I will have to decide which to paint, and which to leave out. It is my desire to create a very realistic and beautiful painting, however I dont want it to look like a photograph. I also do not want to over work it…I want to keep it looking fresh. At this stage, it looks great from a short distance, but like any painting, when you light it and get up close, it really looks like a painting.
I try and think how the painting will be viewed. The eye comes in from the lower left and is lead to her beautiful face. I love the beautiful flowers but I want them to compliment this wonderful child not to distract from her. So when viewing, if my eye wonders too freely from her face I may tone the distracting elements down. It’s a balance that Im striving for.
Above, I added another layer to hair ribbon, flowers above and to the right. I added highlights on her face, and covered the green leaf that was on her chest. You can still see it under the paint layer. It will need another layer to cover it completely. Im still not sure if I should have a leaf up there or not……what do you think? Feel free to comment below.