A few weeks ago I received a note from an opera manager friend of mine telling me about a wonderful young baritone he was working with who was in desperate need of new promo shots. In his note he told me a bit about Mark, who is currently a student at the prestigious CCM (College Conservatory of Music in Cinncinati) about to embark on a few years with the renowned Houston Grand Opera Studio program. And not only is Mark incredibly talented, said the note, but he also has great hair.
I did some google stalking and discovered that yes, Mark indeed has a stunning voice, and yes he also has awesome hair.
We shot down in Cincinnati on an unseasonably warm and gorgeous day several weeks ago. It was such a pleasure to spend an afternoon with Mark and to get to know him and the city of Cincinnati.
Here are a few favorites from our shoot.
Mark is completely a natural in front of the camera. He also has great style:
I mean, all this shot really needs is a beautiful horse and/or female model dressed in similarly classic earth tones and we’ve got an ad campaign for Ralph Lauren
I was really feeling a vintage-y type thing during this shoot and after. I am not sure if it’s Mark himself or the city of Cincinnati…either way, I think it works.
We found this amazingly narrow brick alleyway that was just ASKING to be used in a photoshoot. So we obliged:
Seriously, Mark…such natural ease in front of the camera…it just can’t be taught!
This guy has great style, right?
Isn’t his hair AMAZING?!
We moved on to a third, indoor, location for the next series. These provided the perfect backdrop for some more formal, classic opera shots.
Mark, it was such a pleasure to meet you! I look forward to hearing great things from you and about you during this next phase of your career! Congratulations on the recent and future successes you are sure to have!!