It’s January, and a lot of businesses (including my own small business) are working to freshen up their websites. While I primarily photograph weddings and engagement sessions, I do from time to time get requests for other styles of photography. I love branching out and keeping things interesting.

Arbor Industrial in Greensburg, Pennsylvania specializes in tools and manufacturing supplies. They are getting on board with social networking through the use of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and blogs, and they wanted a more unified look for their employee headshots. I aimed for a natural yet polished look to show off everyone’s genuine smiles.

If you are a business in need of lifestyle or naturalistic headshots, feel free to contact Kristen Wynn Photography. Doing this session reminds me, I need to update my own headshot for the new Kristen Wynn Photography website I’m working on! 🙂




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About six years ago, I was more involved in theater and acting (I still really love going to plays). Bre and I were signed with the same agency and hired to work as background on a movie. As we waited for hours and hours for filming to happen (it is a hurry up and wait kind of job), I got to know this nice, outgoing girl that was a Pitt graduate student and an accomplished actor.

Background is basically “extra” work-walking around in scenes behind the characters, that sort of thing. In Pittsburgh, there’s actually a decent amount of filming going on, so there are opportunities to earn some good money and have fun working on a film set.

That was six years ago, so needless to say, Bre’s headshots needed some updating. Headshots in color are in style now, and a few years ago, black and white was standard. To get work, you have to look like your headshot. And you need nice headshots to even get called in for an audition. She thought of me, and I’m so, so flattered that she did! 🙂

In the six year span since we met, we’ve each gone on to earn a master’s degree and start careers. We kept in touch via Facebook. Bre’s a great teacher, and she keeps up with her love of acting by taking classes, auditioning, and working when the call comes in.

We made sure to do a variety of looks, including smiling girl next door images and some more serious shots (although I know Bre feels she looks weird without a smile-hopefully these shots will change her mind!).

The weather last week was cold in Pittsburgh, but you can’t tell at all from the photos-Bre kept smiling even though it was pretty cold. And Bre’s Shadyside neighborhood is so cute and has great lighting for images-I can tell now why it is THE neighborhood to live in in the city.

For two days in 2005, Bre and I worked together in dozens of scenes-there was a prom scene, a classroom scene, a cafeteria, I felt like Bre especially had a lot of air time. When the movie came out (I hear it wasn’t all that good, I’ve never seen it myself), Bre patiently sat through all of it, looking carefully…and then messaged me to say that we had been cut! We were nowhere to be found!

Ah, that’s show business, I guess! But Bre has had success with other roles, including the pilot of the show Smith-she’s featured twice. And, insert “The Office” joke here, she keeps up with Improv classes, just like Michael Scott (only she’s much, much better at it than he is). 🙂

Bre, I know you will have a lot of success with acting! I hope you love your new headshots as much as I do! Please keep in touch with me and let me know all the roles that you land!


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Jeremy and Mindy said: | May 16, 2011 - 01:05:25 |

I love the second to last one great job Kristen and good luck Bri! Nice write up as well 🙂
~Mindy



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A few weeks ago, it was an extremely, extremely cold weekend in Jacksonville. I was fortunate enough to be booked as a photographer for a company that does children’s acting and modeling head shots for the weekend, and they’ve graciously agreed to let me have some of the images for my portfolio. There’s a LOT of images to go through-I think I have something like 2000 shots on my hard drive.

It was frigid, and we wanted to mainly do all outdoor images! As I snapped these first images, it was only 29 degrees! Still, all the kids hung in there and did a great job! We did end up doing some images inside as well, since the wind was getting brutal.

It was a great experience for me to work with so many talented young people and their parents, as well as an excellent, excellent stylist and makeup artist, Erandeny Torres.

Thanks so much for the opportunity to work with you all!




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I’ve enjoyed getting to know all the kids from THE Event in Orlando, and Miss C is no exception.

She was much more into taking photos than her older brother, T, but they both were very photogenic and ended up with a callback for a modeling and talent agency.

C. definitely had the best hair accessories and hats out of all the kids that came out for the shoot on a cold November weekend!

Miss C, I want to wish you all the best in your upcoming career! 🙂




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This past fall, I had the privilege of doing headshots and promotional photos for some aspiring young actors and models in Florida. They were all set for a big showcase in Orlando last month, and I’m SO happy that they all did so well and most importantly, had a ton of fun.

T’s mom originally planned to take her own photos for the event, which is normal in the modeling and acting world, since kids grow so fast and you often have to resubmit photos every three months. However, at the last minute, she decided that wasn’t working. Many photographers can relate to this-it is really hard to take photos of your own kids!

We all met up in downtown Orlando after school one day. I tried to make this quick and painless for T, and we actually ended up having a lot of fun and getting his images done fairly fast.

And the best news is that T. got a callback and is meeting with representation. Congrats, T! And thanks, Mom, for bringing me on board-I wish your kids tons of success in their careers!




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Do you see the family resemblance here? J is R’s brother (see post below). But we weren’t doing a family or brothers’ shoot, but rather, J. is building up his modeling and acting portfolio for THE Events next month.

J. is such a cute kid and so nice. For these headshots and zed cards, I really wanted to showcase his expressive green eyes.

I can totally see him modeling for a children’s clothing company! He just has a very natural, marketable, boy next door, all-American look.

And although he and R. are both in the industry, there wasn’t any rivalry between them. They instead were so supportive of each other during their shooting time, waiting patiently, entertaining themselves, and giving me totally different looks to work with for each of them.

J, I wish you SO much luck and success next month at your auditions! Here’s to your big break! 🙂




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I simply can’t say enough about this kid. Mr. R was ready for his headshots and had some great ideas for poses.

He even would critique himself and tell me when he was smiling too broadly, so that we could get another frame made right away.

It was bitterly, bitterly cold the morning that we met up for these photos. Freezing. I could barely stand there with the wind in my eyes, yet R. was actually excited! You can’t tell at all from the shots that it was cold, because R. was a true pro. You can tell he’s had training in posing and in front of the camera. It’s effortless for him.

His mom even told me that he wanted to do MORE shooting after over 200 images together. There are SO, SO many amazing shots and a wide range of emotions displayed in them, but for now, I’m only going to put up the ones that R and his mom selected for his portfolio.

I’ll save the rest for when R. is a rich and famous actor! 🙂 The very best of luck to you in your auditions. I know you are really going places in the industry. Keep in touch and let me know your results!




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