Rannie’s a well-known Toronto photoblogger and played a key role in instigating the Toronto Photobloggers community online. After meeting him at CaseCamp he approached me with the idea of taking a few photos as part of a series he’s doing on some of the local TorCampers as part of an effort to help build up his portrait portfolio. He’d already photographed Jay Goldman, David Crow & Michael Glenn with Mark Kuznicki waiting patiently on deck – and what I had seen looked really good.
I’m Not Photo Friendly
It was perfect timing as I was just cursing my lack of any good photos of myself to use as a headshot etc. online – as I had mentioned in my profile before I’m a “behind the camera” kind of guy so it’s rare that I end up in front of the camera. When I do I’m usually wearing:
b. a Baseball Hat
c. a Stupid Grin
d. All of the above
In the rare cases none of those apply I’m invariably:
Needless to say it gets pretty tough to find a good “headshot” image out of that pile.
So, early last week Rannie dropped by the office and we spent about 30 minutes taking a variety of shots. As a photographer he’s got a nice, relaxed style is big on using natural light (it was just him and his camera) and has a really good sense of how to get a shot of people in a way that I think gives a pretty true sense of them.
disclosure: Rannie’s taking of these photos in this case were “no strings attached”, he didn’t require or request blog mentions etc. I needed a head shot and he needed portfolio pieces, it was a win-win for both of us.