I'm constantly trying to turn my hand to new challenges, so I was delighted when I had the opportunity to shoot some actor headshots for an aspiring Leeds-based actress back in November.
I bumped into Cara backstage at Leeds Festival last summer - we share a mutual friend who I tend to bump into at every other festival I'm at. We got chatting, and it transpired that Cara had been cast as a young Rose West in Channel 5's Fred & Rose, and was in need of some professional headshots.
I arranged to meet up with Cara at the Leeds Grand Theatre for the shoot, using a couple of the backstage rooms with different colour walls. I'd done my research beforehand into posing and lighting techniques, but at the same time Cara provided plenty of guidance as to what she was after, which made my job much easier - we also developed a new 'selfie' technique, which I may steal for later shoots ;)
Me and Cara really hit it off - partly due to similar opinions on bands and a shared love of Terrier-cross' - and I think this shows in the shots. One thing that became instantly apparent when working with Cara that I wasn't that used to was her confidence in front of a camera - often, when shooting people in bands, they don't really know what to do with themselves, or how they want to look. Actors, on the other hand, are much more confident and comfortable, which made my life much, much easier.
We tried various combinations of room, hair style, attire, and lighting style, but my favourite were from the final set up, where I ditch my beauty dish and instead bounced my speedlight off a big white wall behind me, giviing a really strong but soft light.
Had a great time working with Cara, and the experience of shooting actor headshots is certainly a valuable string to my bow. Fingers crossed I'll shoot some more in the future.
Following the success off Cara's starring role in Fred & Rose she's now starring in Emmerdale. If you'd like to keep up with Cara's antics, head over to her website.