Hey Derek! I'm finally ready to share some ideas for your lifestyle shoot, the way I see it.
1. Central Park — specifically, Hernshead: Derek stands on the rocks and looks at the city (could be a perfect panorama for your Facebook cover photo). Other spots in Central Park on the way in/out. (relaxed wardrobe)
2. Brookfield Place — Derek shopping, working at a public space (restaurant/cafe), etc., a few outdoor shots overlooking boats (relaxed wardrobe)
3. Equinox or any other gym to get the idea across (relaxed wardrobe)
4. The Standard High Line: Boom Boom Room/rooftop (semi-formal wardrobe) — Derek hanging with a lychee martini, for example.
5. Limo — Derek going to a gala (or something) (formal wardrobe). If we're not renting a limo for this shoot, we can go to West Village or Meatpacking district as our 5th location.
Once you decide to go forward with this shoot and we set a date, I’ll make all necessary arrangements: book a makeup artist, assistant, transportation for the day (limo or Uber).
I’ll then walk through all agreed locations with my camera to test angles, framing, etc., so that there are no construction surprises and I’m not wasting your time by taking you to a particular location. I’ll prepare an itinerary and will send it to you for review.
On the day of the shoot we’ll start very early to beat any pedestrian traffic, around 7-8 AM at the latest. A shoot like this may take up to 7 hours.
After the shoot I cull through the images and select the best (normally around 400), and share them with you to select the very best 200 (within 1 week after the shoot). I do this via screen sharing over Skype or in person. All of your very best selections will be retouched and delivered via Box.com in high-resolution (within 2 weeks after the image selection/approval).
Besides making you look good in the photo through body language and facial micro expressions, I make sure your designer will have enough pixels to work with and try to deliver as many wide-angle images as possible. I’ve developed a special technique where I take a sequence of images that are later stitched together. Stitching images isn't exactly a new technique and is widely used by landscape artists. The difference is that I use a portrait lens instead of a wide-angle lens. Why? Because wide-angle lenses are not designed for photographing people -- they either distort facial features, body parts, or make the subject look too small in relation to the whole image. By producing a sequence of images with a portrait lens, I make you look good and am able to create an extreme wide-angle photograph to make your graphic designer cry happy tears—they won't have to blur and extend the background or scratch their head thinking, "How can I crop this image without cutting off Derek's fingers?"
Check out these panoramic shots I did with Navid using this special technique. The original images contain so many pixels that they can be cropped in a variety of ways for different social media marketing purposes while preserving perfect resolution for web design — you won’t get pixelated images.
So what do you say, Derek? Do you want me to start booking my makeup artist (I'll get Caroline), assistant, etc.? Let me know firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for reading :)