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Kerry-Lou Owner of Pro-Style-Crew

Kerry-Lou
Owner of Pro-Style-Crew

Kerry-Lou is my wife and chief Hair and Make-up Artist.  We’ve been working together for over 16 years and have done thousands of shoots.  Those of you who are lucky enough to have worked with Kerry-Lou know the skill and care that she brings to every shoot.  Today, we are proud to announce the launch of her signature custom make-up brush line!  A year in research, planning and production, Kerry-Lou’s Make-Up Brushes are the finest quality, designed based on years of experience and made for professionals and personal users alike.  Please take a moment and check out her website, Pro-Style-Crew, and her instructional videos on youtube.  They are available for purchase today, either as a full set or single brushes!  And thank you to all of our clients and friends for your support!  All photography by Joe Henson.

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I make my living as a portrait photographer, specializing in Headshots for actors, performers, corporate executives, politicians, writers, families, children, and anyone who needs a compelling, attractive, and accurate image to present to the world.  The best technique I know of to keep my style fresh and my skill-set expanding is to experiment and constantly push myself to learn different tools and implement their use.  I use my personal work as a laboratory where I conceive of an image and work it through to completion.  My current interest is using light and shade in a more dramatic and contrasty way.  With the advent of digital photography and the availability of lighting lessons online, the amount of people who can slap a softbox on a strobe and create a soft even light has made it feel overused and boring to me.  It takes more skill to carve and shape with light and shadow.  And it takes practice to learn which modifiers to use and fine tune how to place the light for maximum effect.

This year we met Sarah Gaugler, the owner of Snow Tattoo, a unique private tattoo studio in Chelsea.  Anyone who has met Sarah or perhaps seen her perform in her band, Turbo Goth, has felt the impact of her charisma and creativity.  And Kerry-Lou and I have been wanting to collaborate with her on an image, and finally had the time to develop a concept and shoot it.  A “Succubus” is a mythological female demon who visits men at night and steals their souls (and perhaps tattoos her brand upon their vanquished bodies).  Shout outs go to Sarah Gaugler as the Succubus, Flynn Skidmore as the hapless victim, Sarah’s Hair, Make-up and Horns by Kerry-Lou Brehm, and Flynn’s Hair, Make-up, and Tattoos by Nicolae Rita.  Here is “Succubus”…

 

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Kerry-Lou and I recently had the pleasure of shooting Susannah Solis…yet again! Our first shoot with Susannah was over 9 years ago, and since then we have done her headshots every couple of years and worked with her on multiple portfolio shoots. Our longterm relationship has formed a wonderful friendship and also an inspiring collaboration. Shooting Susannah is always fun, but also magically productive. Her beauty is self evident, but she also embodies the multitude of qualities that make up a true Muse: fearlessness, energy, creativity, and trust.

You will see her photos sprinkled throughout my portfolio, I can’t bring myself to retire the older ones because I like them so much. The first shot was taken in 2007. It’s a perfect example of the fact that nothing matters in a photo except what is visible.

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This photo was taken with Susannah seated on the hallway floor in a shopping mall in Bethesda! Shoppers were actually walking around us as we shot, but I knew the light was beautiful and the color of the tiles worked well with her coloring. The piece de resistance was the perfect match between her blouse and eye color. The high angle perspective gave her a vulnerability and wide eyed innocence.

A few years later Susannah got a new haircut, which prompted a phone call and a new series of headshots. It was a pleasant time of year with comfortable temperatures and I wanted to shoot the entire session outside using the sun as our main source of light. The dramatic dark background shot was taken in the hallway of my studio building against a freight elevator door, the light came from an open door to an outside terrace. The outdoor shot was under the beginnings of a scaffold on the FIT campus. The openness of the background gave the shot a fresh sparkle. Voila…

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The next time we shot, a year later, I was playing with horizontal shots and white backgrounds: horizontal because that’s the orientation of the film and TV screen, and working close trying to capture intensity. White backgrounds work well because they are clean, crisp, classic and create beautiful skin tones. With a clean background the form of the silhouette becomes architectural.

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Then an opportunity arose to test a new light diffuser. The company that manufactured the ellipical umbrella brought a few sizes and we experimented, finding the sweet spot for the light…I wanted to get a fun, upbeat shot for Susannah with very pure, beautiful, simple light. One light carefully placed…that was my mantra.

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Most recently, her manager requested a new round of shots for her film and TV work. He wanted a natural dramatic shot, something strong and stripped down, a sophisticated professional ala Robin Wright in House of Cards, and a polished leading lady. Here they are…our latest installment…

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It’s fun to watch the development of Susannah’s persona and the evolution of my shooting style over the years. In photography, stagnation is the enemy. Pushing forward with new techniques, new equipment, and a fresh vision keeps the work vibrant and productive! As actors gain experience, they begin to fine tune the qualities that casting directors respond to, and so the image they project in their headshot must adapt and reflect those qualities.

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Kerry-Lou Brehm, Hair and Makeup Artist for Joe Henson Photography

Kerry-Lou is my super-talented Hair and Makeup Artist! See her work at kerry-lou.com and, of course, all over my portfolio. Kerry-Lou and I have been a team for the past 13 years and the result of that experience together is a psychic connection and seamless execution of our shared artistic vision.  Those of you who have shot with us know that it’s hard to tell where she begins and I end. But just as the cobblers’ children go without shoes, we rarely have time to update Kerry-Lou’s promo shots and create a new profile shot for her website. A few days ago an opportunity presented itself and we took the time to shoot, just for us. As those who have worked with Kerry-Lou might expect, she worked the camera like a star, and the result almost does her justice…

Model: Alicia Ellen Moore Hair and Make-up: Margie Bresciani for Pro-Style-Crew Photo by: Joe Henson

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Hair and Make-up: Margie Bresciani for Pro-Style-Crew
Photo by: Joe Henson

We recently had the pleasure of shooting fashion model, Alicia Ellen Moore! Alicia’s Hair and Make-up was done by Margie Bresciani of Pro-Style-Crew.  Margie is a super talented senior stylist with Kerry-Lou‘s Pro-Style-Crew Beauty team.  Portfolio shoots are an excellent opportunity to expand my lighting repertoire, to experiment with new techniques, which can then be used in the future with clarity and intention. The shot featured is the first result of the session.  More coming, check in soon!

Kerry-Lou, my amazing Hair and Make-up Stylist and Partner worked with Australian designer, Camilla Franks recently.  Camilla designs elegant, sensual kaftans with colorful, handmade graphic prints.  You can check out her story and current line at her new website. Kerry-Lou was inspired to create a series of images incorporating airbrush body paint and Camilla’s beautiful Kaftans. I was only too happy to help and so last Sunday, Kerry-Lou, our lovely Muse Susannah, and I endeavored to illustrate the emotional effect generated by wearing Camilla’s gorgeous designs. Image number 1, voila! You can see more of Kerry’s wonderful work at http://www.kerry-lou.com! Photography by Joe Henson.

Susannah wearing Camilla Franks’ Kaftan and Body Paint by Kerry-Lou. Photography by Joe Henson.