CIY [arches their collective eyebrow at you]

Once again, I get the privilege of working with CIY [Christ in Youth], an organization that has nearly singlehandedly changed my perception of the dreaded word, ‘headshot’.

I used to dread doing these terrible things, these HEADSHOTS- something boring you associate with, you know, lots of hair lights & soft focus or something. But then I learned that they could be, well, fun. And they could look modern, and crisp, and awesome.

And the outtakes when I work with CIY… oh man. Shooting a large group of people whose job is to organize and create large stage events for thousands of highschoolers across the nation- well, they’ve got a goofy bone or two amongst the group.

We started with, of course, the shots that I was there to get- some really sharp, simple images of each employee, like this:

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Usually I’d opt to either go for white seamless (pure white) background, or a solid color; but in this case, we (‘we’ being Austin & I, the graphic designer on board with CIY, pictured above left) decided to leave the setup with one light on the background only, so that there would be a fun fade-into-white and then back-out-again at the bottom. I really dig it.

some group shots, the first of which features the president of the company, Andy Hansen:

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Always some great faces between takes.

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And some fun profile shots for them to use in a unique way in one of the books they put out.

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And, as usual, some folks brought their own ‘props’.

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But now, my favorite part. It’s always fun to have a ‘theme’ on these kind of shoots to loosen everyone up. This time, I told each person to arch their eyebrow in one of the pictures.

Some people couldn’t do it, some people did it almost too well, but regardless, the collection of faces from the shoot is priceless when you put them all together. So enjoy…

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