about: Art M Altman
I learned photography when I was young, shooting film on fully manual cameras, developing and printing my own work in a darkroom.
This lifelong hobby became an obsession in 2012 when I left my research job in Silicon Valley and moved to NYC. There I found some of the world’s most dedicated and talented teachers, a welcoming community of photographers and a wealth of opportunity.
PETER HURLEY'S "HEADSHOT CREW"
I joined Peter Hurley’s “Headshot Crew” — an ongoing headshot “boot camp” providing detailed guidance and ruthlessly perceptive criticism. With intense focus on posing, lighting and methods for generating natural expressions, advanced members of the "Crew" regularly turn out pristine, flattering headshots and portraits.
I love to photograph people - a wide scope! I primarily photograph headshots and portraits, but the same training and skill-set carries over to event and performance photography (catching natural expressions with beautiful lighting and complimentary posing).
FLOW & FUN
Time flies by while we are shooting in studio. We get into a flow, exploring alternative poses, lighting and expressions together. I use “direction by misdirection” to craft a fun experience for engaging, natural expressions.
My studio camera is connected to a computer during our shoot, so that photographs we take appear instantly on a large screen. You will see images emerge in real time, demonstrating that something as simple as a subtle head turn or slightly more “sneaky” smile will transform an image, making it “pop”.
The praise from my clients is very consistent and very gratifying. The look on their faces is priceless, as they see photographs of themselves begin to emerge, and they realize how extraordinary even they can look in an image.
“More beautiful than at my wedding!”