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Actor-Producer Chronicles: The Promotional Photo Shoot

October 29, 2012

You’ll have to excuse my recent absence from the front-end of the blog. I’m always working behind-the-scenes, but I haven’t written a post in a hot second.

You see, things have been a bit crazy because…I booked a show!! So exciting, right? I’m currently rehearsing “The Crucible” as Mary Warren. I know…awesome. But I’m also still juggling my survival jobs, and the producer work I had lined up for this month (all also awesome), so my schedule has been a little jam-packed.

But I wanted to take a few minutes to update you all, both on my Crucible news and on how things are progressing on the Actor-Producer front. We had our promotional photo shoot this past week, and I wanted to share my step-by-step process!

 

Get inspired

First comes the inkling of an idea, which is great. But then you need a bit more solid inspiration to start lining up the specifics of your shoot. Make a bulletin board of photos that inspire you on this project — real or online. Pinterest is great for this. Here’s the board I created that inspired our shoot:

Period Photoshoot Inspiration

Line up a photographer

I happened to know the most fantastic photographer for this job — Jillian of 60b Photography. Jillian is the sister of an actress friend of mine, and she took photos of me for my website a couple of years back, so I knew her work was stellar:

Pick a date

I waited until I knew when Jillian was free to choose a date because I knew I wanted her onboard. You might find that your date is more important than your photog, but either way, choose early! That way everyone involved has time to plan. Keep the weather in mind, as well as the availability of your potential locations.

Pick a location

I started by googling “castles in New York area” looking for the perfect spot to set our pictures. There are many amazing options, but Belvedere Castle in Central Park was the obvious choice, since it’s both picturesque, and super accessible.

photo credit

Gather your wardrobe

I knew that we needed a very authentic-looking and lavish period dress to sell this shoot, and since we’re still quite a ways away from the actual show, we haven’t hired a costumer yet. On a small budget, as well, I had the idea to approach several online sellers of Tudor dresses to see if they would be interested in loaning us a dress in exchange for our beautiful pictures and an ad in the show program. All of them agreed, so I was able to choose the seller whose work I most admired. Midnight Breeze Designs came through beautifully, and I could not be more grateful for Virginia’s beautiful work.

Make some props

I had a lot of fun learning how to make a beautiful crown and spray-painting the edges of a thrift store book to look like a bible:

All of these “checklist items” can be a lot of fun if you use your creative self 🙂

Hire a makeup artist (if you can)

As a creative person, you have probably run into a lot of other creative people during your time in the biz — ask them to get involved! You might be surprised at how willing people are to join in on a fun project that you’re passionate about. Maleeva was someone I knew from college, and she did an amazing job on our shoot.

So after all of my jabbering, are you ready to see the final product? Here are a couple of teasers:

Pretty stunning, right? I couldn’t be more excited! To see more pictures (and stay up-to-date with our production news), head on over to our facebook page.

I can’t wait to get these on all of our promotional material, including posters, postcards, programs, and more! Have you ever produced a promotional photo shoot? Do you have any tips to add?

 

 

 

Catch up on all of The Redheaded Actress’ Actor-Producer Chronicles here:

Producing…? Have I Lost My Mind?

Part I: The Beginning

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. The Growing Artist permalink
    October 29, 2012 9:39 am

    That is awesome! I love these photos- they are AMAZING! I can’t wait to see more. Congrats on the show!!

  2. CaligirlSM permalink
    October 29, 2012 1:13 pm

    These are great tips!! I never knew how much went into prepping and creating the promo photo shoots. You look stunning!! Man, I wish The Crucible was here in Manhattan. I would love to see it.

    • October 29, 2012 5:24 pm

      Thanks for checking out my post! Wish you could see “The Crucible,” but maybe you can come to this show in the spring!

  3. October 29, 2012 8:08 pm

    The photos are amazing. Hope I can see it when I’m back in New York next year :]

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