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Litigium at Patric Pop Portrait Studio: How to find a satisfactory solution for everyone

Litigium at Patric Pop Portrait Studio: How to find a satisfactory solution for everyone

Litigium at Patric Pop Portrait Studio: How to find a satisfactory solution for everyone
When Nati Gomez and Mathieu Parreaux came to see me at my photo studio, in addition of creating solo headshots, we agreed on creating a portrait with both founders of Litigium on the same image. Since Litigium is all about common ground between two parties, inviting dialogue by letting go, I wanted to create a setting where both of them harmonise as much as they do in real life.

Interview for Prodibi Pixel Magazine

Interview with Geneva / Genève based Headshot and Portrait Photographer Patric Pop in Prodibi Pixel Magazine.jpg

I am absolutely thrilled that Prodibi Pixel Magazine has been reaching out to me to showcase my work as Headshot specialist in Genève / Geneva !

In the interview I am talking how it all started and about my involvement as one of the handpicked associates of my mentor Peter Hurley and the Headshot Crew, the world's largest team of headshots photographers. The interview includes also some helpful tips for beginners in photography. And finally concludes with some hints at my next steps.

Prodibi offers a tool for professional photographers to show my images at full resolution. When you click on each image, you will be able to see each picture at full resolution at 100% size.

You can read the full interview here.

Looking forward to hearing from you,
Patric

Detail of a Headshot by Patric Pop Photo in Genève / Geneva at 100%, screenshot aken on a 13" MacBook Pro.

Detail of a Headshot by Patric Pop Photo in Genève / Geneva at 100%, screenshot aken on a 13" MacBook Pro.

WHEN A SURFING YOGI AND A PHOTOGRAPHER MEET BRIEFLY.

Prepare for the unexpected. Or how to get the most out of 15 minutes of a photoshoot.

To be honest, the photoshoot with my buddy Jerome Mercier did not go exactly as planned. Normally, I do like to predefine ahead locations for my sessions and figure out what can be done there. Also considering how the light of the sun falls and how one wants to be depicted. However, this one was a bit different, in a good sense.  : )

Originally from the raw climate of the Bretagne, Jerome is an avid surfer and long-time yoga teacher, and now in charge of Power Yoga East, the original donation yoga studio in Santa Monica.

“ Meet me at tower 20 “ was the sole instruction I got over a hard to understand call on my cell phone. Where the heck is Tower 20 again? 

Portrait of Jerome Mercier in his Surf Van by Patric Pop Photo based in Geneva / Genève.jpg

I found Jerome on his break between two classes, for a quick surf. Carpe Diem!
In the spirit of seizing the day, we gave priority to the glassy, clean waves. We met in the lineup and enjoyed a couple of raw waves (with me getting my biggest wipe-out of the summer!). Now, he truly lives the life of a yogi and surfer, wearing no wristwatch in the water and using the sun to read the time. Back on the beach, it turned out we had 15 minutes left before he would need to leave for his next class at 11am.

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You can have the best plan worked out, only to throw it over and adapt to the new situation, namely when you are photographer!

Instead of the nice vista point with some edgy rocks and whitewater splashing on shore, the new plan involved the parking spot and cars to all sides as the backdrop. 

Still dripping wet, and with the feet full of sand, I quickly did set up for the shoot.

The good thing was that we wanted to include Jerome’s mystical Chevy Van into his portrait. I wished we would have been able to explore all angles of the van and get Jerome into some really heroic poses and dramatic lighting with the van and one of his classic surfboards.

However, the timing was super tight: all I had available was invested in coaching him to get into a proper pose I wanted to see him in. 

Yet, one of the cooler shots included Jerome chilling in his hammock, suspended above his old school surfboards. Again with little time on hand, improvisation is king and I quickly figured out an interesting set up of the light for a catchy visual.

This short glimpse at his personal kingdom is part of personal branding, of reflecting one’s true nature seen through the photographer’s eyes.

For my next visit, I am looking forward to do a proper “ Day in the Life ” photoshoot with Monsieur Jerome.

Maybe this involves some rocks, waves and dramatic light. Maybe not.

And if the latter is the case, it is okay too. I am already working on how to improve my own qualities as photographer to make any spot – be it as ordinary or ugly as you can imagine – a hell lot sexier to portray the true nature of the people in front of my lens.
 

Reading the available light is most important. And so is experimentation.
And in this case, lighting the van with only one speedlight was totally possible. As the van is cover with insulation foil, it created a very interesting light even with the sliding door closed. The choice of cropping is also essential in order to capture the moment. 

Finally, all details count. Whereas I would normally tidy up the location a bit, I just love the slight chaos, mainly the fact that Jerome showed up with two different flip-flops on his feet!

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New beast on the block.

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Did I mention that my main camera dropped to the floor and was totalled when I tripped over the tethering cable during a corporate headshot session at SITA? I was broken on that day.
And to my sheer happiness, my photodealer just me delivered the only a99ii they received in Genève / Geneva, the new flagship of Sony.

All I can say is: Holy Smokes! Welcome home, baby.
I am sure that this beauty and my artistic talent will allow me to push my professional work even further.

I am looking forward to use this beast on the corporate photoshoot for Headshots and Business Portraits next week, that I just got signed and booked this afternoon!

Stay tuned, my friends. The future looks bright at the end of the tunnel.

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Headshot of aspriring actor Julian Bailey

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Geneva is known for its financial sector, high-end watchmaking, finest chocolates (did you know that my photostudio is located within 100 meters of 4 of the best chocolateries?), commodities and oil trading and tourism, but not really a place for serious actors.
I did have the pleasure to work with aspiring actor Julian Bailey on his headshot to apply to dramatic arts colleges in England and the United States. His preferred roles are everything Shaespearian.
Wishing you all the best for your career in acting!

Genève est connue pour sa place financière, l'horlogerie, les meilleurs chocolats (le saviez-vous que mon studio Patric Pop Photo est à moins de 100 mètres de quatre des meilleurs artisans de chocolat de la ville?), le trading des matières premières et du tourisme.
Par contre il n'y a pas tellement l'occasion de photographier des acteurs. Récemment, j'ai eu le plaisir de travailler ensemble avec le jeune acteur Julian Bailey sur son Portrait Headshot. Il en avait besoin pour envoyer sa candidature aux meilleurs écoles des arts dramatiques aux Etats-Unis et en Angleterre. Il souhaite se créer une carrière avec des rôles sérieux, tout dans la tradition de Shakespeare. Tout de bon pour ton futur, Julian!

 

Ghosts don’t get seen: upgrade to a professional Headshot picture.

Your profile picture says a lot about you. But what happens when using placeholder images on your social media accounts?
LinkedIn calls that placeholder image “Ghost”. And just like a “real” ghost in real life, those placeholders on LinkedIn leave a weird impression to anyone seeking to get in contact with you.
We all know how getting noticed gets more difficult by the day. And while a perfect Headshot Portrait could make all the difference, a great many users keep using their “Ghost” pictures.
 
When I do see a “ghost” picture on LinkedIn, I do wonder if that person has something to hide. I understand companies and organisations trying to select the best candidates ruling out any possibility of discrimination by basing their decisions solely on the candidates’ work experience and not on looks.

However, I did experience the following insight with a Headshot client of mine. After her firm was dislocating from Switzerland, my client was hunting for a new job. Yet, she kept using only that “ghost” profile picture on professional websites.
Then she came to see me to have her Headshot Portrait taken. Knowing her job interview would take place the following week, I did express-rush the selection process and retouching of the final images.

After sending the final images, I did upload one of these images to my website portfolio on friday mentioning my client’s name.
On the day of her interview, my client still had not uploaded the fabulous new Headshot Portrait image to LinkedIn and was keeping the “ghost” placeholder pics.

By coincidence a couple of days later, I did check my website’s analytics and found there had been 7 (seven!) search requests using my client’s first and last name ending up on my website - and obviously on her Headshot Portrait! And yes, my client got that job.

As LinkedIn says, if you do post a picture of yourself, people are seven times more likely to click on your profile.

As Associate of the global Headshot Crew in Genève / Geneva, handpicked by my mentor Peter Hurley, the most successful professional headshot photographer of our time, I encourage all of you to put all chances on your side by either replacing the ghost image with a real profile picture, and even better upgrading by getting a professional Headshot Portrait taken that reveals your full potential.

I am looking forward hearing from you.
Wishing you a Happy Halloween and please don't scare me with lousy profile pics…

How to get the best Headshot Portrait Photo taken when wearing glasses.

Chances are, you probably have to wear glasses at work.
As Associate of the globally operating HeadshotCrew Portrait Photographers in Genève / Geneva, handpicked by Peter Hurley, the most successful professional headshot photographer of our time, I encourage all of my clients to wear their glasses at their headshot photo session to work together closely and to achieve stunning results.

And if you are like me, who has been wearing glasses since the tender age of seven, not having your glasses on makes you feel naked. Me and my glasses are inseparable and I make it a must to be known for them. Interestingly, many of my clients are insecure wearing glasses in front of the camera, to the degree that they feel embarrassed, intimidated or simply shy.

And this specific case is no different of the many I have seen: while Anabel is super friendly and the kind of person whose' presence and conversation you will enjoy over a good dinner after work, she is not at ease in front of the camera. Holding back, holding her breath, creating mental stress and physical tightness. She wanted to start the session without glasses despite the fact that she wears them most of the time.

Comparison of the before and after headshot: shortly before booking my headshot session, she did see another professional photographer in Geneva. And the result from that photo session (shown in the small picture) gave her all the right to be doubtful on a positive result. As you can see in that one first deceiving image, she looked stressed, in pain, very unhappy.

I understand that other photographer’s motivation to move the studio flashes to the side to prevent unwanted reflections on the lenses. But moving the lights so far aside created deep contrasted lines on Anabel’s face. There is simply not enough light illuminating her face and in addition of having her long strands of hair dropping on dark clothes, creating this very dark, contrasty, even gloomy picture. I don't know who took this crappy picture (and I honestly don't care - I would never ever give away such a picture for free or - god beware - charging money for it!), but it gave me the opportunity to excel and do better, as well as rebuild my client's confidence in herself and making her look good with her glasses on!

With my coaching technique I do help my clients achieve the best results, getting them to radiate naturally and showing confidence and approachability.

If you would like to take a picture of a friend wearing glasses, I recommend not using the on-camera flash (or smartphone flash) and using ambient light. Have the person turn the head until you don't have any unwanted reflection on the lenses.
And if you do shoot in a studio with strobes, well then you should be enough professional to have figured the best angles and how you position your lights…

And you - What are your fears of having your picture taken?
Share them with me and I can reassure you that my «Happy» Headshot Portrait package has all the potential to leave you deeply satisfied. Or even accepting your photo being taken and being serene with the more extensive «Bliss» Headshot Portrait Package.
Looking forward hearing from you. – Patric Pop

When a Business Executive Coach decides to get her Headshot Portrait done, what are you waiting for?

As Associate of the globally known HeadshotCrew Portrait Photographers in Genève / Geneva, handpicked by Peter Hurley, the most successful professional headshot photographer of our time, I recently did have the absolute privilege to shoot Business Executive Coach Anne Moity from Potential Centric Coaching.
Until she came to see me for a corporate headshot portrait, she was using a quick snap taken at her office - which certainly was ok compared to most corporate pictures that are out there on LinkedIn or similar social media sites -  but which showed her not being at ease. This unease translated into a lack of confidence, which is quite the opposite of this strong woman.

At the photoshoot, I had the opportunity to work with Anne using my own coaching techniques to bring out her true nature. This woman certainly has to offer tons of business experience and together, we managed for her headshot to find the perfect balance of showing this experience, confidence, trustworthiness and approachability.
I managed to capture these subtle nuances in a timeless corporate portrait, where even her smile is credible and winning you over.
You may read her raving feedback on the testimonials page.

If a Business Coach has felt the need to redo her Headshot to stay updated in the age of personal branding on social media, what are you waiting for to book your Headshot photo session?

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