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Portland Professional Headshots | PAX 2011, and Location Is Everything

One of the more unique headshots I’ve taken in Portland happened just a few weeks ago: I was approached by Tony, a Portlander who’d been selected as one of 20 contestants (a.k.a. Omeganauts) for Penny Arcade eXpo‘s 2011 Omegathon. The PAX staff had requested a headshot of him for their programs, and he needed a high-quality headshot fast. PAX is consistently one of the highlights of my year–this’ll be my third time making the pilgrimage to Seattle to attend–and I’m always excited to support my fellow Portland geeks, so I helped him on his quest.

When I got the request, I thought, “well, I *could* just take a standard headshot photo in-studio, but what can I do to mix things up?” This photo would be representing him in a fierce gaming competition, and I wanted it to communicate that, so I got in touch with Ground Kontrol, my favorite local arcade (now with a full menu!), about using their space for a brief shoot.

The lit-up colors and bluish glow of the arcade machines were just the thing to make this headshot more unique and appropriate for the Omegathon and the gamer culture. Something as simple as changing up the location can make the difference between a basic headshot and a photo that tells a story, and Tony will now be appearing in the PAX program in glowy, geeky glory.

I’m probably already at PAX 2011 as you’re reading this, and it’s going to be a great time! If you’re a Portlander, be sure to send Tony a bit of good mojo as he takes on the competition. And huge thanks to Ground Kontrol for their help on this!

PAX 2011 Omeganaut Tony at Ground Kontrol



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