As a counterpoint to the many things that tried their best to make us sad during 2016, I am sharing these images. These photos are outtakes from my headshot sessions from 2016. These shots are some of my favorite moments caught in camera while I worked with my subjects to get that "just right" amount of smile. This usually involves getting a healthy dose of laughter going and then catching that remaining fun energy as they come down from the laugh. What happens just before that is what you see below. Let's look back at 2016 and have a good laugh.

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Just in time for one more Headshot of the Week! for 2016 come Maurick A. Just check out that smile! Any doubts about why I picked his photo?? Nope, me neither. Just looking at shot and you know that you want to hang out with this guy. He's got a great combination of friendliness and warmth with just a hint of mischief. Way to bring it for our last HotW! of 2016 Maurick.


So now for something completely different. This special holiday edition of Headshot of the Week! comes straight from the Nashville Zoo. I've lived most of my life in Nashville but until today I'd never visited our zoo. While I was there I met this handsome fellow I'm going to call Rooney. Rooney was hanging with his fellow marsupials where I was taking photos today and after reviewing the shots this evening he was the standout. Sure, all the kangaroos are cute, but Rooney here has such a wise and soulful look on his fuzzy face, I knew he was my favorite of the day, and more importantly of course, that he had to be Headshot of the Week! for this holiday weekend. Here's lookin' at you, Roo. 

roo shot

Only three weeks left for Headshot of the Week! for 2016 and sliding into this week's spotlight is Kupe K. I shot with Kupe during a session for a local group of professionals and only had a few minutes to get Kupe's photo. I had nothing to worry about though as Kupe came ready to "bring it". I shot Kupe with glasses and without during our few minutes and I think the glasses worked very well with his face. That helped me choose from this from his photos. Even after filtering for just the glasses pictures we still had several others that looked so similar (he was a good subject!) that I still had to work find the "best", and here it is. Thanks Kupe!


Jessica K. is our Headshot of the Week for this second week of a (chilly) December. I had the pleasure of getting a quick session with Jessica this week while I was shooting some headshots for a team located in her same building. This headshot shows that smiling involves a lot more than just bringing up the corners of your mouth. You can see Jessica smiling from her eyes and she makes a strong connection to the viewer as soon as you glance at the photo. While I did my part in capturing the image, Jessica made this shot a winner making it an easy pick for Headshot of the Week!