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A friend recently told me his point-and-shoot digital camera had died and he was looking for some tips in choosing a new one.  Knowing I use a 5 pound state-of-the-art digital SLR with more megapixels than one person can possibly eat in one sitting, he figured I could at least …

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard, “I’m not very photogenic, so good luck taking my picture,” I would have a heck of a lot of nickels.  As a photographer, I recognize the simple fact that some people are just more photogenic than others.  Yes, that’s right.  …

Orval “Hoppy” Ray, 2006 About 6 years ago a friend and I took a random road trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma to hunt for ghost towns.  It sounds like a weird idea now and it was probably a weird idea then.  We had the notion that we would take hundreds of …

I decided that as the weather warms up in (cold, blustery, wet, and windy) Chicago I should get out of the studio and take some fun snapshots around the town.  But after spending most of my days with a 21.1 megapixel two and a half pound digital SLR strapped around …

Today I wrote a haiku to hair: Hair, you are so strange one day you look so lovely the next, oh so lame. When preparing for a headshot portrait session a lot of us make a laundry list of all the things we hope look okay. We hope our shirt …

Last week I partnered with a legal publishing company hosting a networking event for attorneys and provided a little “social media photobooth” in a corner of the room, where attendees can stop by and have their headshot taken for a fraction of the price of an in-studio session. It was …

I have a few rules for choosing clothing to wear during your headshot. One of those rules is this: no t-shirts with stuff on them. Stuff like logos, crazy patterns, glitter, bows, splatters of mud, or anything else that distracts from your face. A headshot should be a photo of …

Most people are not like my dad, who has had the same haircut since the late 1950’s*. We like to change our look here and there and even on a daily basis… one day we’ve got a beard, the next day it’s a mustache. The day after that it has …

There’s nothing worse than an amazing photo of yourself where your smile looks so perfect, your eyes sparkle, your head is titled in just the perfect angle that makes your nose look so cute… but there’s one little hair sticking straight up. Or one little fingerprint on your glasses. Or …

As if being a full-time photographer didn’t keep me busy enough, I’m also heavily involved in the world of handmade goods and markets with my side project, Cussing Cozies. (If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should… they’re reusable handmade coffee cup sleeves with swears on them. Yes, you …

Last week, Organic Headshots set up shop at McCormick place to take photos of 151 members of PepsiCo who were in town for a couple days of meetings, banquets, and other general annual convention duties. Hair and makeup artists touched everyone up, and Organic Headshots set up 3 studio settings, …

What kind of decent headshot photographer would I be if I didn’t have an updated headshot of myself? Last week I teamed up with fellow Chicago photographer Johnny Knight to take some self-inflicted headshots of each other. Johnny is a great photographer and a great friend- possibly the only person …