I've long been fascinated by artificial intelligence, only more so now that AI tools are becoming more mainstream. Lately I've been playing around with text to image generation using tools like Dall-e 2 and Stable Diffusion.

Most recently I've learned to train the AI on an image and then combine that with different "prompts" to generate new art.

In the examples above, for example, one of the prompts was something like "A portrait of Dennis in the style of Matisse." (Also, FYI, third from the top left is my regular headshot, as a reference for those of you who …

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Sydney came in for some updated photos the other day, and after nailing a few traditional headshots, we played around with different moods and lighting styles. I dusted off my snoot and my gels and my beauty dish and we had some fun!

I call the lighting style above "the super hero," because it's the kind of thing you see in movie posters.

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I recently launched a new website called "The Headshot Dojo." Through free and paid content, I teach my fellow photographers all the shooting and posing techniques I use in my own business. I also teach marketing, SEO, business processes and more.

So if you have so much fun with your headshot session that you want to work in the field, I've got you covered!

Here's the Facebook page for the biz: https://www.facebook.com/headshotdojo

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Some of my favorite headshot clients from last year were young medical doctors applying for residencies. Recently I had a nice reunion with them as they hired me to do their graduation photos by the dome at the Johns Hopkins medical school. Perhaps I'll see them again in a few years when I finally get those bionic parts installed...

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About nine or ten Octobers ago, I did the official holiday card photo for the Biden family. I first met the charming second lady, Dr. Jill Biden, while take pictures at an event at the Naval Observatory for the American Red Cross. Two years later her staff remembered me when they were looking for a photographer to take family portraits for the annual holiday card.

(Below is an awkward photo of me, Dr. Jill and Santa Claus from the first meeting.)

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