A beautiful example of the Harcourts rebranding

Elizabeth Grove (a lovely client and member of the Harcourts real-estate team) came by yesterday to show me the finished product, her business card. It features one of her favourite headshots from our photo session a few weeks back. I loved holding those smooth satiny cards in my hand!

Harcourts rebranded recently and now accessorizes their team with a turquoise-navy striped silk scarf as well as having a refreshingly new agency logo and feel altogether. During the photo session we found so many different ways of how to wear this scarf ...it was fun and gave her gorgeous dress even more of a classy edge.

Elizabeth will have her life-size banner and street sign coming out shortly so watch out Wellington and Regional House Buyers and Sellers...she might be just the agent you have been looking for!

Anne's Elegance and Coco Chanel's advice to all women..

This is Anne I photographed a few weeks back. She made me think about elegance and what it means to me.

To dress elegant is to make a sense that makes an individual feel bursting with delight for oneself and others. It is certainly not a matter of showing off one's finery; many of us don't even have fine clothes. Dressing with elegance is a simple matter of showing respect through subtlety and simplicity.

A truly stylish woman may sift through the trends but she is certain that style is more important than fashion. Being elegant is not about brands but rather about items that flatter the figure. It is about imagination that represents understated glamour, of being selective, exquisite, and delicately tasteful.

In this modern times, everybody can look elegant in inexpensive clothes... even the rich buy them too. As Coco Chanel once said, "Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress."   

While elegance can make a strong impression, it does not enter the race of glamour to impress people. It refuses the approach on image over essence. True elegance speaks by displaying effortless beauty presenting that which is quiet, steady, and genuine. Therefore, despite the artificiality of the world today, elegance is still concerned with the quality of being honest, and not pretense.

Best of loveliness to the many elegant women around the world!

Sabrina

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Sophie and 7 Tips for a better Acting Portfolio

Hi Everyone,

As I do quite a lot of Acting Portfolios I thought to give you a few tips and tricks on what do do and look out for.

Here some examples of Sophie, an up and coming actress I photographed last week. 

Her shots are simple, natural and showcase her range of different looks.

The headshot. It’s the single most important marketing tool for an actor, and it’s amazing how many people do it wrong just to cut a few corners. Actors, it’s time to take it more seriously. When that little headshot jpeg pops up on a casting director’s computer, you want them to say, “Yes, bring that person in!” Not “Yikes, that guy kinda scares me.”

Your headshot is your calling card.  It will be sent out and emailed to tons of casting directors and agents, who see hundreds of these every day, on their desk and on their computer. If your headshot is bad, you look bad. You want to be seen as a pro, not an amateur, so the way you present yourself in your picture is everything. If you want people to take you seriously, you must have a good, high quality, killer headshot. Not an iPhone pic, not a Facebook photo of you outside with the wind gently blowing your hair..

 

So here some tips as to what you need to keep in mind when it comes to your Acting headshots:

1. Go pro. Spend the money. It’s worth it. Go to a professional, who is trained, understands lighting, and takes headshots for a living, not some friend who happens to have a decent camera who “sorta knows a little about photography.” Save those pictures for Instagram, and leave the headshots to the pros. If the headshots look cheap, they probably are. And you look like you don’t care about your career.

2. Go for personality over glamour. Make sure it looks like you. Chill with the airbrushing. Casting directors expect you to look just like your headshot, and will not be happy when you show up looking totally different, or 10 years older. It’s not about looking pretty, it’s about representing your type, age wrinkles includedIt should look like you on your best day, showing your age, and who you are now.It’s not about the type you want to be, it’s the type you are.

3. It’s all about the eyes. Just like with on-camera acting, it’s all about the eyes, and what’s happening behind them. It’s your closeup, your moment. Your eyes should be perfectly in focus, alive, and energized, and not dead and glazed over. There should be strong inner thoughts, implying a backstory and a life behind the eyes. A slight squint, and strong piercing eyes will bring a picture to life and help it stand out in a pile of hundreds. A good headshot photographer knows how to bring this out in you. 

4. Pay attention to framing, lighting, and background. In general, a good headshot is chest up with good lighting on your face, and no strong dramatic shadows, unless you are going in for “The Phantom of the Opera.” Three-quarter shots are good for print, and extreme closeups are good for, well, nothing. Look directly into camera, and the focus should be on the center of your eyes, not your left ear, or your shirt collar. Be sure the background is blurred, which means it’s shot with a good, high quality camera with a high-depth of field, which makes you stand out. It’s about you, not the environment.

5. Natural light vs. studio. Some photographers do both, as they offer a different look and feel. Natural light gives a very real, “film” look, which I prefer. Studio lighting tends to be a little more polished, with a more neutral backdrop. Both can be wonderful.

6. Clothing and props. I once saw a headshot of a guy with a bird on his head. Why? Because he wanted to stand out. Let’s not get crazy here. Keep it simple and classy, and follow the standard format. Professionalism gets you noticed, not desperation. A simple, solid color shirt with a little texture that fits you well and matches your eyes should do the trick. No graphics or anything you think might distract from your face. And no props. (You know that, right?) If you think you are going to play cop roles, you don’t need to wear the outfit in the headshot. It’s a bit much, and very limiting.

7. Don’t go crazy with the makeup. Yes, lots can be done with retouching. There is no need to put on tons of makeup. We offer professional Make-up services to make you look like yourself on your best day, and not look like you tried too hard. Girls, be yourself, do your hair the way you would for every audition. Guys, bring some oil sheets to take down the shine, and maybe use a lightly tinted moisturiser to take out the redness and even your skin tone. 

Good luck!

Sabrina

Hari

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Enjoy and have a great Friday...

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Lucy

I have been neglecting the blog a little over the last few weeks so that I thought to try and be better during this last big week before the big holidays start. I just wanted to quickly show you a few images of Lucy who is a young cellist. It was very special having her play in our studio as the sounds made our former church come alive..the high studs really help.

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Hi Everyone, In May/June I was quite busy photographing graduations which was a lot of fun. I will publish lots of this years graduation images on my website soon however thought to give a little sneak preview of one of the shoots as I loved their story.

Andy and Ryan at Uni right at the start of their studies. Together they still are and finished the biggest step, their PHD together. It wasn't this season but already two years ago. When it was their graduation they were so busy with everything but organising to have some nice shots taken. So now, two years later as things have settled a bit, they hired their graduation gowns again to have some nice portraits of their special time taken by me.

Luckily Ryan studied law so that we had access to the law school which is just beautiful and filled with memories for so many of you.

So lets show you some of their favourite images:

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Remember one of my recent posts of Christina, an opera singer? A friend and fellow opera singer Bianca saw her images and just loved them and had the brilliant idea to want to have some gorgeous shots of herself too! That's when she contacted me, the New Zealand's famous opera singer photographer Sabrina Hyde! :-)

Bianca brought some very nice gowns along and was just a pleasure to photograph. She is full of character which is something that comes through in her images. One of her strength alongside the actual singing is the talent in actual stage performance.

But see for yourself!

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Christina

Christina is an up and coming opera singer who asked me to take some images of her which she could use for promo material and as nice headshots. Like me, Christina is a red head which made it feel almost like a crime to lose the colour by having some black/white shots, so most are in colour.

Christina decided to wear her bright red dress as well as some matching lipstick which turned her into a real opera goddess you'd love to see and listen to on stage...

Opera is romantic and so are these images..

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Laura

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Linus & Co

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Three Looks

Clare asked me to take some portraits of her for her business Curtain Call International. Clare has a very unique aura which I tried to capture with the headshots she needed.

As there are often occasions which require a different kind of feel of a photograph we took a lovely mixture of shots that would help her promote her business in many directions and ways.

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