Author Headshots for Deedee Derksen

One of the great things about being a headshot photographer here in Brooklyn is that you have no idea who or when you are going to be shooting from week to week. Unlike other genres of photography like weddings that are booked well in advance, often times clients will call looking to schedule a headshot session in the next day or so.

Towards the end of the summer, I got a call from Deedee Derksen regarding setting up a headshot session. Whenever someone books a session, the first thing I do is "google" them. I think it is a disservice to your clients to not have any knowledge about them ahead of time and it gives me something to talk about during the shoot. When I googled Deedee, results came up for a Dutch war reporter who had written a book called "Tea with the Taliban." So I started thinking to myself, this ought to be an interesting session, although I'm not sure all my usual dumb jokes and random things I say during headshot sessions would be appropriate for someone that was a writer of such serious topics. 

But as it turns out, she was a delightful person that appreciated all the ridiculous things I say during a headshot session in the pursuit of eradicating blank expression photography. And it was also interesting to get someone else's take on a country, Afghanistan, that is so often portrayed in one way by our media here in the US - she loved being in Afghanistan - not something I ever imagined hearing from someone. 

Author Headshot Deedee Derksen
Author Headshot Deedee Derksen

Appboy Headshots

Recently had the pleasure of shooting headshots for the Manhattan tech company, Appboy. They provide mobile centric CRM. For the shoot, it was important to have the headshots be in line with their brand logo:

If you've ever been in front of my camera, you know I never ask for a smile, rather it is my job to connect with the subject and bring a natural expression to the image. I think we achieved the goal of syncing the headshots with the brand, below are a few from the shoot.


I recently had the opportunity to shoot headshots for Fiona Gibb, Web Editor for the beauty website Allure - Fiona has an impressive resume in the digital publishing world and she was an awesome individual to shoot and get to know. In an age when it is almost impossible to get someone's attention for more than 5 minutes without being distracted by smartphones, headshot sessions offer a rare opportunity to connect with someone for an hour or two and have their complete undivided attention. Given that opportunity, my goal is to a) provide people with awesome headshots and b) create an environment where people can feel comfortable and have fun. I think Fiona came to the session knowing that she would get quality headshots but didn't realize that taking pictures could be fun and that she would spend half the time laughing.