One of the most gratifying feelings for a headshot photographer is seeing evidence that your work, well…works. What I’m referring to is the feeling I got when I recently saw the movie “Joy” starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, and Bradley Cooper and was happily surprised to see 7 of my clients, 2 of whom were cast in strong supporting roles! That in itself is an exciting feeling, as anyone knows who spots a friend or family member in a film, show, or commercial. But the icing on the cake was seeing that the qualities that I had zeroed in on in our session and worked to evoke in the photos were the very qualities that got them in the door for their parts. That validation of our vision keeps me fired up and working to constantly “up my game”. And “Joy” is a beautiful, emotional, inspiring film, one that any actor would love to be associated with.

Here is Ken Cheeseman. Ken is an amazing character actor based in Boston. He teaches acting at Emerson College and is known for his work in Next Stop Wonderland, Mystic River, Shutter Island, and Joy where he plays the crooked weasel, Gerhardt. He needed something raw, lanky and intense with drama.

Ken Cheeseman

Ken Cheeseman

 

Ken Cheeseman as Gerhardt in Joy

Ken Cheeseman as Gerhardt in Joy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here is Bill Thorpe, seen in In Your Eyes, Edge of Darkness, Mystic River and as the mysterious, crooked bully “Dallas Man” in Joy.  Strong, threatening, confrontational.

Bill Thorpe

Bill Thorpe

Bill Thorpe in Joy as Dallas Man

Bill Thorpe in Joy as Dallas Man

If you’ve seen Joy, then you know how great they both were! If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor, Joy rocks!

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