The moment - MikkiSchaffner

Sometimes it is a bit tricky photographing someone I know as a performer. I might think that I already know who they are on stage and lean on that information to pull characters and looks for them while shooting.  But actors are amazing creatures: to the casual observer they may seem very outgoing (and some  are to an extent)  but the actor as  artist is guarded. Most save that energy for the characters they create. I love that moment in a headshot session when the guard comes down and we meet artist to artist.  I become privy to whole other sides of people I already felt I knew. I love that.  That is when I know magic is happening and I am capturing  the artist, not the character.

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