I shoot Theater–Who would have guessed that one?


Today it just struck me that I probably have enough content for a Theater category in my portfolio.

I have shot theater productions through the years, but it was when my daughter became involved in the theater that had me shoot a lot like a proud dad.

Nikon D4, Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens, ISO 2500, ƒ/6.3, 1/8000

Here is my daughter as the Witch for the musical Into the Woods. By the way, I must promote the musical and encourage you to come to it if you are in Roswell, GA. Here is a link for it RHSIntoTheWoods.com.

Nikon D4, AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 6400, ƒ/5.6, 1/400

Besides getting photos of the actual productions, I do headshots for the programs.

A consistent look for all the headshots makes a considerable difference in the quality of the programs and promotional pieces.
Nikon D4, Nikon 85mm ƒ/1.8G, ISO 140, ƒ/1.8, 1/100
I try to capture some shots of the audience and overall stage at some point. But, most of the time, I concentrate on the actors as I did in the performance of Steel Magnolias.
Nikon D4, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 DG OS HSM S, 2x, ISO 1100, ƒ/5.6, 1/100
I am using my Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 DG OS HSM S with a 2X converter to shoot these from the back of the auditorium.
Fujifilm X-E2, FUJINON XF 55-200mm, ISO 6400, ƒ/4, 1/420
I even have the opportunity to work with professional companies like Georgia Ensemble Theater, conveniently near my home in Roswell, GA.

Access & Interest

What often will make up your portfolio are things you shoot because you have access and genuine interest. For example, I not only wanted good photos of my daughter in these performances; I knew parents and the theater companies would judge me for my work. 
They knew I was a professional photographer, and I had to deliver. Well, for the most part, I am consistently getting the best images of the productions they have ever seen everywhere I am shooting. How do I know? They are telling me. 
I have been doing headshots for actors for many years, but now taking more interest beyond just the headshots and the productions. I am now very interested in helping with the marketing of these plays.
I helped by shooting the promotion photo and creating the banner for Into The Woods musical at Roswell High School.
I knew we were onto something when we were shooting the photos. Because of the contract, we could not tell anyone what we were doing before February 22 this year. After that, we could post the picture. 
I teased folks with the photo and asked them what musical they thought they were doing.
Pretty much everyone guessed it. That is when you know people are driving by and instantly see a banner or the posters in stores around town will know what they were doing.
With Atlanta growing in theater and TV productions, I guess this might be an excellent category to toss my hat into.