Andrea was looking for new headshots for her acting portfolio. She is a stuntwoman living in Vancouver and has worked on shows including Supernatural. She came out to Maple Ridge where we did a shoot at my day job office, a very cool location with a gritty and industrial feel. Big thanks to Allyson and the folks at Moli-Energy for letting us use the location. You may recognize the inside shots from some locally filmed shows such as Arrow and Flash.
We started with a couple of shots outside. We had great weather with a nice sunny sky but some open shade. Andrea was very easy to work with and looks great in these natural light photos.After this we moved inside and I set up my portable studio inside one of the rooms. It was a lovely large room with a nice dark feel giving a very cool effect that reflected what she wanted for her headshots, giving something a bit more than the normal “headshot on white background” (which we did as well) that gave a bit more of the “I’m an awesome stuntwoman” feel.
Interestingly, one of the things you want as a stuntwoman is to look smaller than you are. Andrea has muscles from her stunt training and parkour work, but if you’re doubling a 90-pounds-soaking-wet actress for a scene, you need to give the impression you’re less hardcore. For this we chose the above pose that hides a bit of her muscle, but still makes her look elegant and employable.
Makeup was a natural look and done by the very talented Maple Ridge based Jen Vanderzalm.
I’m pretty sure that I saw this hallway this week on The Flash…
Being a stunt person there was no way that I was letting Andrea go without setting up some “stunt” shots. For this we chose two locations and Andrea basically did jumps and flips over and over again while I got the timing for the photos working. You’d be surprised how hard it is to get the peak action while someone’s flying through the air!
And the team celebrates after a successful shoot!