We were so happy to get a message on FB from New York actor, Nathaniel Dolquist earlier this spring. He wanted to do a session with us, not just traditional headshots, but something he could use for his website. We’ve known Nathaniel for several years and followed his life as an actor in New York through social media. This was an exciting opportunity and we couldn’t be happier that Nathanial chose us!
Nathaniel is a New York City-based performer and teacher. He is currently playing the role of the Emcee in “Cabaret” at the Bucks County Center for the Performing Arts in Doylestown, PA, and will play Jaime Lannister in a Game Of Thrones ballet in NYC this fall. After graduating from ThunderRidge High School in 2010 he received a degree in Theater Studies from Yale University. To all the wonderful high schoolers looking at this page he says: please follow your passion and find what makes you light up with joy. You’ll never regret it. To read up on Nathaniel visit his website at http://www.nathanieldolquist.com/!
Preparing For His Session
When Nathaniel called to book his session with us he knew who his audience was for these photos. We weren’t doing traditional headshots as he already had recent ones that were working great for him. He wanted these photos to show his personality, to be upbeat and to draw people in. He also had a theme in mind…some cowboy photos!
After Nathaniel figured out who his audience was, then he honed in on what outfits he wanted to use for his session. Nathaniel is in excellent physical health and has transformed his body over the years through rigorous training and healthy eating. His clothes should highlight the work he’s put into building his strong body and fit physique.
Now, that being said, Nathaniel had recently returned from a trip to Ireland and needed to step up his self-care by staying hydrated and getting plenty of sleep before his photos. And that he did. No puffy eyes here!
Day Of His Session
The day of Nathaniel’s photo session the weather, thank goodness, was cooperating. We had chosen an urban location and decided on the RiNo district in Downtown Denver. With his outfits all set and the weather and location in place, I thought we were ready to go. However, the morning of the session, Nathaniel texted me asking if I knew of a makeup artist that could do very natural makeup for him. Being a New York actor and often on the theatrical stage, Nathaniel knew that makeup for photos is not only for women. Ask any news anchor out there. Makeup contours your face, and highlights your features…in Nathaniel’s case, his electric blue eyes.
Fortunately, we have some amazing hair and makeup artists we use on a regular basis. The trick was, to find one that had space to do his makeup. That’s where Paige Miller came in.
We met Paige through Kim J Beauty, and were able to confirm the date and time for Nathaniel’s makeup later that day! AND, she is part of The Studio, which has a downtown location super close to RiNo. Nathaniel met up with Paige at The Studio and all way can say is… Paige was amazing!
The way she did his makeup; you noticed Nathaniel, his eyes, and his even skin tone…not that he had makeup on. It was natural and flawless…which made editing his photos a breeze!
To book Paige yourself, her contact information is below:
Biz Phone: 720-445-6964
Final Results - First Impressions
For Nathaniel, we wanted these photos to be engaging, to have variety and to show Nathaniel’s genuine and exuberant personality and physique. Since Nathaniel is such a strong and diverse actor, he brought this to his photos through a multiple poses and facial expressions. From seriousness to full on laughter, he brought it all, and it showed his versatility (which translates into being super cast-able!)
We had so much fun at this session…and I think folks thought there was a celebrity in town. As we walked around the RiNo district people stared at this beautiful and very tall young man…they parted like the Red Sea to let Nathaniel Dolquist walk through. We’re confident we will be seeing more of this amazing actor very soon. Congratulation and break a leg, Nathaniel!!!