What could an edgy horror fiction writer have in common with a successful family lawyer?

Although they work in very different fields, both Brad Ashlock and Chris Ambas wanted powerful portraits for their websites and marketing.

Coincidentally, they were both clients of ours this week.

Brad is a prolific writer, with a masters degree in painting. His gritty, violent, pulpy, B-movie type novels might help you escape the everyday hum-drum boredom for a few hours.

Needing photographs of himself for his website and book covers, Brad’s session was both creative and enjoyable. Using a secret in-camera technique from my former days as a fashion photographer, I deliberately set the camera colour temperature to 3200k instead of the usual daylight balanced 5000k.

This means that when lit with studio flash, the skin tones will be very cold and blue. Using heavy directional side lighting and a black background, Brad’s resulting portraits are dramatic, moody and edgy, perfect for his image as a writer who paints a world full of darkness.

Brad loves his new image and we did too!

You can read more about Brad on his website here or order his books on Amazon.

colour studio portrait writer Bradf Ashlock dramatic lighting
Colour studio Portrait corporate lawyer dramatic lighting

Chris Ambas is a regular client of ours who realises the value and importance of his professional image. Originally from Toronto, Canada – Chris assists clients in all areas of family law including parenting matters, divorce, pre/post nuptial agreements, complex financial disputes and jurisdictional issues.

Chris’ brief to us was to present as a strong advocate who negotiates settlement without compromising his client’s lawful entitlements. His sharp dress style and striking appearance lent itself to a creative approach to his corporate image, so a similar lighting technique was applied.

We also created a dramatic profile shot of Chris for his new website banner, leaving plenty of negative space on the left hand side to insert text etc.

For this image we used a “Rembrant” lighting style that is both natural and compelling. Named after the great master painter, who often used it in his own portraits. The idea is to create a small inverted triangle of light on the subject’s cheek that is opposite the light source. This very flattering technique was often used in many Hollywood portraits from the glory days of the 1930’s & 40’s.

Studio colour portrait lawyer Rembrant lighting Chris Ambas

At the Melbourne Headshot Company, we specialise in making people just like you, look FANTASTIC. Whether it’s a dramatic image branding portrait like these or a simple headshot for Linkedin, it’s 100% guaranteed – if you don’t get the most amazing photo, don’t pay us!

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