Steve: Headshots for a Musician

by Harlan, December 12, 2014

Steve Flato is a musician based in San Diego who composes and performs experimental music.

Around Thanksgiving, I traveled to the west coast to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. While away from home, I had the opportunity to shoot an impromptu portraiture session for Steve. He was looking for some new photographs to use as headshots for his day job as a podcast engineer. This session was mostly unplanned, and because time was a factor we worked with what we had. The location was the back yard of my mother’s house in Scripps Ranch, near Lake Miramar, one of my favorite spots for long walks and bicycle riding.

I know that Steve likes vinyl records — and cassettes, but that’s a different story — and although his music today is digital, I wanted to make sure his portraits reflected an analog film look. I did not have a film with me, just my Canon 5D Mark III, so I used Color Efex Pro to slightly emulate a film look. (Most of the default Color Efex Pro settings are way too strong for me taste.) That’s pretty much the extent of post-processing for these photographs in addition to the contrast and sharpening adjustments that are necessary for every photograph shot “raw.”

Here is an excerpt one of his recent compositions, Salton Sea, off his recent cassette titled Mara’s Daughters. Below the SoundCloud player are two photographs from our quick mini-session. Visit and “like” Steve’s Facebook page. And for some fun, check out his “No Treble Remix” of Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass.

If you’re interested in headshots or other portraiture photography for your business or otherwise, contact me today. I have limited availability this winter.

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