Jamie, Teen Portraits

June 20, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Jamie is a star. I mean that. Literally. A bright, shining ball of fire with a voice to match. As the winner of Schaumburg Idol, she is looking to further her career; creating her own CD is the next step on that path. Jamie styled herself with Juliette, my trusty HMUA. She rocked every look at her glamour portrait session. We were able to do traditional headshots, as well as some concept art for her CD cover.  We did a variety of looks at my studio in Glenview, ate some pizza, then continued on into the dark at the Glen town center.  What's even more awesome is because Jamie is homeschooled, Juliette and I brought along our kiddos to show them how a shoot works. And we put them to work as lighting assistants and gophers! Gotta teach them about hard work! 

soncelanda-mccalistersoncelanda-mccalisterJamie McCalister, winner of Schaumburg Idol, came in for a headshot session. Here she is represented with a classic look. Jamie is simply styled in this look, as a headshot should be. Headshots are all about the face. Oftentimes, a plain shirt and simple background are all one needs to get that clean, classic look. 

soncelanda-mccalistersoncelanda-mccalisterJamie McCalister, winner of Schaumburg idol, came in for headshots. Styled wearing a black leather jacket, in front of a large window for a natural light look. Jamie loves the 80s. Here she's channeling her inner 80s sitcom star. I love everything about this look. Her big, sweeping bangs, her side stance. Her leather jacket. She looks like she could have been on Growing Pains or Just the Ten of Us. 

soncelanda-mccalistersoncelanda-mccalisterJamie McCalister, budding pop star and winner of Schaumburg Idol, did her own styling. Here she's wearing a black leather jacket and posed in front of a large window at Sonce Landa Photography studio in Glenview, Illinois. I love a landscape headshot. I always take them. Here Jamie looks bright-eyed and classic, with a hint of edge from her black leather jacket. When shooting a headshot, it's really important to get a variety of looks and expressions from one's client. A unique look or expression can give performers the leg-up they need when pursuing a role. Also, black on black really works. 

soncelanda-mccalistersoncelanda-mccalisterJamie McCalister, winner of Schaumburg Idol, styled her own shoot. She's in love with the 80's, hence the neon colors and faded denim. We utilized the nearby school wall, at the Glen, which has this great brick to juxtapose the pastel of her outfit. I love this. Strong arms. Rockin' 'tude. Blowing hair. (We paid extra for the wind that day.) Juxtaposition of the pastel on the brick at Gallery Park. Just perfection. 

soncelanda-mccalistersoncelanda-mccalisterAt my favorite willow tree at Gallery Park in Glenview, Illinois, Jamie poses for a romantic, boho chic look. The wind was blowing gently, giving movement to both the foliage and her hair. Same girl. Different face. Soft. Serene. Poised. Ready to listen. Ready to be. A fairy in the woods. This was taken at my favorite willow tree in Gallery Park in Glenview. 

soncelanda-mccalistersoncelanda-mccalisterI love how involved Jamie McCalister was in her shoot concepts. She had this specific look in mind. Guitar in hand. Urban setting. Vintage feel. Headphone cord dangling. As the sun went down and twilight set in, the clouds were just perfect. Some off-camera lighting gave us the pop of light we needed to make Jamie stand out. I loved how involved Jamie was for the concept for her session. This was a very specific look she had in mind. Guitar in hand. Headphone cords dangling. Vintage, romantic styling. Ready to hit the road and make it! As the sky went dark in the Glen, the storm clouds couldn't have been better if I had painted them myself. Some off-camera lighting gave just the right amount of light on Jamie to make her stand out from the background. 

soncelanda-mccalistersoncelanda-mccalisterJamie McCalister, Schaumburg Idol winner, photographed at Sonce Landa Photography Studio in Glenview, Illinois. Our last look borrowed from her earlier outdoor look with just a slight change in lipstick and accessories. On my vintage couch and hand-painted backdrop, Jamie just owns it. Fierce. Formidable. She's got this. 

 

PS-Jamie was just in the paper with her friend, Megan, auditioning for Suburban Chicago's Got Talent. Be on the lookout for her!! She's skyrocketing!  

 

 

 


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