She was keen to get some new headshots taken to promote her act The Michelle Berner Band (click the link to hear her amazing voice) & her brief to me was to create shots that felt like a live performance. She’s got such a vibrant & warm personality & so the idea was to try & make this come across in a still image. It’s such a great challenge to try & make someone’s sound & energy come through in a silent, 2 dimensional photograph.
We decided on using a location out side of Crown Casino, with with city lights of flinders st station in the background. Blurred out with a shallow depth of field, I thought this might give us the live feeling we were after. I used off camera flash with a softbox to light Michelle and was incredibly lucky to have the awesome help of Michelle’s friend & music student Alicia there to hold the lights up against the pesky wind. Thanks Alicia!!
Michelle was really happy with the results & sent me a gorgeous message after the shoot, saying “I am over the moon with your vision & you’ve definitely captured more of ‘me’ in those shots than any photographer in the last 10 years has done. I’m wrapped.”