Portraits should say something significant about the person. A professional portrait strives to go beyond the snapshot of a likeness and make a statement about who that person is on the day they sat for their portrait. It can be an image that memorializes a life transition like a new job or retirement, or a significant birthday.
I like to spend some time getting to know my subject. Often, the photo they thought would be good is only a starting point for the development of a photography session.
“Jeff worked diligently to capture me as I believe I am - contented and thoughtful. It is how I wish others to
see me. And it how I wish to be remembered. He is, if this is the correct word to describe a photographer, a craftsman.” Tom R.
My senior portraits are the result of getting to know the person and capturing something truly unique about their personality and the hope for the future.
I always meet with the subject and often their parent(s) prior to the day of shooting. I like to get to know their interests, look at work they like from others, and determine the complexity and costs of the shoot.
Complexity/costs vary. Some are looking for a very simple one look shoot that results in three to five finished images for their senior picture. Other people view this as an opportunity to explore a variety of looks and locations to create a body of work of three to five images per look. Some prefer for me to arrange for professional hair and make-up. Everything is negotiated prior to shooting to assure that expectations are met and costs are understood.
The key element in corporate headshots, executive portraits, or team shots is that the images reflect the corporate culture and branding. To achieve this I work to get an understanding of the statement the CEO wants made about the organization. This always requires an investment of time at the C level and a “buy in” by all who will be participating in the session. Time is the critical element. As a former CEO of an international not for profit organization I understand the difficulty of committing the time resources to this type of photography. I also understand the ROI when the project is done well.
“Jeff took amazing headshots of me for work. He was delightful and professional to work with and I will use him again. I highly recomend him.” Laura Rebecca
Over the last decade I have photographed over 200 models to add images to their portfolio. I begin with a consultation with the model to determine what gaps exist in the current portfolio and then plan a shoot to add images that enhance their current work. This can include a single image or we can work towards a full twenty image portfolio. The range can be from simple lifestyle images to more complex studio work.
A typical session will result in three to five high definition finished images per look in electronic format. 9x12 portfolio prints are available at my cost.
I always meet with the model prior to a shoot to discuss expectations and costs.
Cost: The cost of adding to a model portfolio varies based on the number of looks, whether the shoot is in the studio or on location, and whether additional prints are requested. I charge a $100 sitting fee that is non-refundable but is applied to the total cost of the work. All costs are negotiated prior to the photo shoot so that there are no surprises or efforts to up-sell based on packages. I can arrange for hair and makeup artists for a model and those costs are based strictly on their charges. This is not necessary if the model feels competent to do their own hair and makeup.
“Jeff Pearcy is an exceptional artist that takes awe-inspiring photographs and is a delight to work with! Morgan Herum
BROOKE’S MODEL PORTFOLIO
I have included this set of images that were done for Brooke Billingsly to build the beginning of her modeling portfolio. She wanted me to assist her in building a portfolio to travel to Miami. We shot five times in six weeks to complete the project. We primarily shot in the studio, but occasionally have shot out doors on location as the weather improved. The goal in an extensive set of shoots is to show the range and diversity of the model to appeal to art directors and modeling agencies.
This resulted in several hundred high resolution images that can be interspersed into the portfolio as needed.
I printed thirty 9x12 images for her book.
Work in the boudoir genre grew out of my work developing model portfolios. Boudoir work is usually an effort to capture an erotic or romantic image as a gift to a partner. Sometimes it is a declaration of personal beauty at a new stage of life; a birthday, engagement, marriage or divorce. I never have a preconceived idea regarding sets, styles, or looks. The image I produce is the result of gaining an understanding of who the person is and what their notion of beauty includes. Then we embark on a shoot(s) to capture that incredible beauty.
Sierra Leone portraits
In the Spring of 2017 I traveled to the small village of Fallah Wujah in Sierra Leone. I was working pro bono for the Pan African Rural Health and Social Services (PRHESS) documenting the effort to build a small hospital in the village.
PRHESS asked me to take simple headshots of the five hundred villagers over the two weeks I was there. I immediately saw this as a unique opportunity to do a little more and create portraits. I found a place in the village where I could control the background and available lighting no matter what time of day I shot.
Since I was working with PRHESS the villagers trusted me enough to relax and be photographed. This would not have been possible without the relationship that I had built over years working with this organization. I was the first white person that had ever been in this small village.
These are desperately poor people. They dressed in their finest to have the brief photo made. Younger people had an open even gaze that captures the hope for the future. Older people have the lines of twelve years of civil war etched on their faces.
More of my documentary work can be seen at www.forgoodphotography.com For Good Photography, Inc. is a not for profit 501 (c) 3 organization. My fellow photographers, Meredith Watts and Rikki Thompson work with other not for profits to tell their compelling stories in photos and videos.