Eldest friend Terry called me up about coming for a visit to St. Petersburg, which is not unusual, but also about having a professional headshot made while he was here. It is always great to photograph people you know well as things are naturally more relaxed. So soon after he arrived, after Kiki calmed down, Terry put on his tie and dress shirt (photography secret, he was only wearing casual shorts underneath!) and I placed him in my home photography studio setup.
I have been making Terry laugh for decades, so when I needed some material to loosen him up and get his smile to be more natural, I had a plethora of topics to choose from. I was ready with the shutter to catch that first, most natural smile expression. After a quick background change (we started with my neutral gray collapsible background) and another joke, we were all done. The second headshot was shot in front of a white background so that I could then more easily cut Terry out of that image and place him on any color digital background. The gradient background used in the above image was added digitally in Photoshop.
After the headshot shoot it was off to the dog park to Kiki's delight!