I usually like to work in the studio when taking headshots but sometimes circumstances require flexibility. Such is the case with this Headshot of the Week! for the the last week in August. This young male had recently been in quite a scrape with another as you can see on his face. This morning we found him taking it easy near a watering hole on our first morning drive since arriving in Sabi Sabi. Like my other choices for HotW! our friend here has a great connection to the camera and tons of personality come through in this shot. I hope he gets to feeling better as he was quite a treat for us to get to see him and photograph him.

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It's absolutely lovely here this morning just outside of Johannesburg at the Tladi Lodge with a few clouds in the sky and the temp sitting at 63 deg F. Couldn't really ask for better conditions and this weather looks like it will be sticking with us all week. We will be driving out this afternoon to Sabi Sabi where we will be staying during most of the remainder of our time here. It's been very peaceful so far with some additional relation via a couples massage this morning at a nearby spa. Yes,it is a rough journey but we'll suffer through somehow. Below are just a few photos taken around the grounds here at Tladi Lodge. As the trip progresses you can keep an eye on this space to see uploads of our safari photos. 

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This past weekend I had the chance to step out of the headshot space and do something a bit different. My friend Marie asked if I could capture some images with her Viola. She will be playing with the Nashville Symphony next year and needed some updated images to provide them. I was instantly on board and excited to be getting into a more creative and dramatic area for this shoot. Marie arrived looking fantastic and during the static poses she just knocked it out.

The real treat for me was when I asked her to play while I shot some frames. The viola is something you don't often get to hear by itself so this was very cool for me. The viola is larger than the violin and has a slightly deeper and almost "smoky" tone to it. Marie is a wonderful talent and hearing hre play while seeing how effortlessly she does so is, well, kind of magical. I'm so glad Marie asked to do this and the overall shoot was a great experience.

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I have to say, I have some really beautiful friends. Want proof? Look no further than this Headshot of the Week! Sandy and I got together yesterday to shoot some new headshots for her and trying to choose one to select as the best is a tough job when she's in the photo. It was tough but after a lot of reviewing I kept coming back to this one. She really brings it all together in this shot with that awesome smile, beautiful eyes, and not to mention that hair! I love it when it's difficult to choose a shot because they all look so good. Thanks Sandy!

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Sometimes you get that subject who makes every shot look like fun (it was). Blaine B, shown here, is a great example of this and an easy choice for Headshot of the Week!. Looking back at the other shots from his short time in front of the camera (we only had a few minutes) and you see this genuine and engaged smile in nearly every image. I love it when subjects are already in a great mood by they time they step under the lights. Great job Blaine!

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