What Makes A Good Headshot?

Next time you or someone you know needs a new headshot, take the time to ask yourself, “what makes a good headshot?”
To me, and I’ve been working as a professional photojournalist for over thirty years, a good headshot needs three things.

1: Good light (light that shows 3 dimensionality of the subject)

 (William Thomas Cain)

(Above – Studio headshot with grey backdrop and highlight on back of head)

2: Good face (it should show who you are and your face needs to fill a good portion of the frame)

Jennifer Robles is photographed Wednesday December 14, 2016 in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

(Above – Outdoor headshot with background out of focus)

3: No hands (no hands in face. hands are a distraction that take away light from the face)

PHILADELPHIA - MARCH 20: Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry poses for photos at the Four Seasons Hotel March 20, 2007 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Berry was in Philadelphia for a showing of her new film "Perfect Stranger." (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images for the Boston Globe) (William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

(Above – Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry in front of tan wall)

This are three basic rules of thumb. Another factor that needs to be thought about is, what image are you trying to portray in your headshot? Is it for business, acting, modeling, etc.??

 (William Thomas Cain)

(Above – Studio headshot on Grey Backdrop with no highlight on head)

Your headshot should portray what you need it to for whatever the ultimate usage.

Most times what I see that photographers tend to provide for clients is not a true headshot, but a nice portrait. That’s all well and good, but if it doesn’t suit your purpose, it is useless.

REHOBOTH BEACH, DE - JANUARY 25: Deborah Sharp who survived a five day ordeal in which she was raped and kidnapped in 1998, poses for a photo January 25, 2006 in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images) (William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

(Above – Portrait in home)

In my last year working as a staffer at the Philadelphia Inquirer, I worked on the picture desk for a time. In that time, I had many business portraits come though the desk for profiles or news blurbs of people ‘s comings and goings from companies. I’ve seen them all. Nice simple images with a solid grey background to outrageously lit (overlit) headshot with a background of all different colors, cloud backgrounds and lots off what says they are not to be taken seriously. Many of the worst looked like high school portraits. Trust me, you don’t want that.

PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 13: Heather Kumor Photographed by William Thomas Cain/cainimages.com for Fox Rothschild) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

(Above – Studio portrait on white backdrop – 3/4 length for client website in which the 3/4 view was requested)

PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 13: Heather Kumor Photographed by William Thomas Cain/cainimages.com for Fox Rothschild) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

(Above – Studio portrait on white backdrop – full length for client website in which the full length view was requested)

That said. Here are my thoughts on what makes a good headshot for various uses.

I believe that a serious business headshot should generally have the subject fill the frame in a diagonal pose, with their face towards the camera. Hands should not be anywhere near the face and mostly be at your side or folder in front of you and never be part of the composition. And, a grey backdrop is appropriate. A cloud or various color backdrop is highly inappropriate for any kind of business headshot. If you ever go to a photographer that offers you that, run. By all means run like there is no tomorrow. That will not help you to be taken seriously in business.

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 9: Professor Jeremy J. Siegel (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Black Star) (William Thomas Cain/Black Star)

(Above – Headshot with more dramatic light on burgundy backdrop as per client request)

A more casual business portrait can be made outside, in a shaded area and either lit by available light or strobes (that means flash). Positioning should be the same as a serious business portrait, but in a nice outdoor setting.

5/13/11 12:53:17 PM -- NEW HOPE, PA. -- Veronica Haggerty -- Photo by William Thomas Cain/cainimages.com (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

(Above – more casual headshot outdoors with available light)

I believe that an acting or modeling headshot should have the same good solid light in the subjects face. Maybe not as three dimensional, but more frontal lighting. Maybe the composition should be slightly more diagonal.

One of the things that many people mistake for a headshot is an image that is more apporopr=iately used asa  portrait. A portrait generally shows more of an upper torso type of image which can or can not include hands. Generally, I always prefer that people rarely place their hands up to their face as the light tends to land on the hands and become a distracting plane in the image.

In the past when I was casting for a photo shoot, I would ask models for headshot. You would not believe how many models think a headshot is a three quarter length image or even worse yet, a full length photograph. I probably don’t need to tell you that those were the first ones tossed in the can because they couldn’t follow directions.  So, when someone asks you for a headshot, please, please, please, make sure that is what you provide. And make damn sure that your photographer can provide what you need to put your best foot forward, whether for business or modeling and acting. If you feel they can’t, move on to a photographer that can do it. Correctly.

4/26/11 2:39:27 PM -- Blue Bell, Pa. -- Fox Rothschild Attorney Jennifer L. Schwartz at work in the Blue Bell, Pa. office April 26, 2011. -- Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images for Fox Rothschild. (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

(Above – In office on location portrait with studio lighting)

When I do a headshot for anyone, the first thing I ask is what is their end goal? What do they want to headshot to show? How would they want to be portrayed? Once I have an idea, we can then plan on wardrobe. I always suggest keeping things simple. In many cases dark earthy colors tend to work best. Stay away from any kind of patterns. That might take away from your face.

Dr. Aakash Shah poses for a photograph outside Robert Wood Johnson Hospital Wednesday, November 16, 2016 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images for Ursinus College) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

(Above – Outdoor portrait lit with a portable strobe and backlit from the sun – the key here was to have the background in shade to make it recede in space)

The way we’ll set up headshot shoots is either individually or have a headshot day where we’ll block out a four hour time slot at a company and they’ll have 8-10 people set up a time for pictures. We actually just did a few headshot shoots over 7 hours where we were able to shoot 35 and 45 respectively.
This is done by bringing my mobile studio on location. It’s pretty simple. Lights, reflectors and a stool. People.

Each of the shoots takes maybe 15 minutes. The subject them will receive a link to a gallery of images for them to choose their favorite. In some cases we’ve actually had them choose the image they prefer on location by providing a laptop and showing  the images as we shoot live.

Next time you have to get a  headshot, think of some of the suggestions I’ve made here. The most important thing is to keep it simple. Show your best self and your headshot will be golden.

 (William Thomas Cain)

(Above – Just for fun – Portrait of dogs outdoors)

17-year-old cyclist Paige Shumskas of Pipersville is an amateur turned pro

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She really didn’t want to. Her father insisted.

Five years ago, after the avid runner broke her big toe, Paige Shumskas was signed up for cycling lessons by her father at the Velodrome in Allentown. Her plan was to use cycling as a way to stay in shape until she could get back to running. Then she found she had fallen in love with cycling. She joined a junior development road team that summer. This season she has competed in 50 races.

Come September 11th, Paige will be competing in the women’s pro race Bucks County Classic as the junior development rider of the Fearless Femme pro cycling team. Yes. Pro.

Paige competed in the Bucks County Classic last year, but she said it was at the end of her season, and that she was tired and didn’t fare was well as she would have liked. She then added, “This season I’m more prepared cause I’m racing for a professional team.” She is their junior development rider. She explained that “I mainly work as their domestique” where her basic role is to clog the front of the pack and set the pace for her teammates so they can pull ahead and be in position to win the race. “I do whatever I can to help my teammates win.” said Shumskas.

Paige likes Criterium racing. She is excited about the Doylestown race. “This is like my hometown race. Everyone is going to be there. So I’m really excited for that.” She said last years was different because it wasn’t a pro race. This year the women’s pro race features some of the best women racers in the country.

The season starts between March or May to September. When asked how she manages doing schoolwork during the season, she smiled and said, “I am really good with time management.” Last year she had 3AP classes all with honors. Her instructors will give her work ahead of time so she can manage racing and school work.

The farthest she has traveled for a race was California to compete in Junior Nationals. In that race, someone in front of her purposely took her out of the race, causing her to crash.

She eventually hopes to race internationally in the pro women’s circuit.
She loves Billy Joel, Elton John and Boston.

Today Paige is only doing an hour workout. She’s taking it easy today since she suffered a crash this past weekend when a racer in front of her did something she should’t have and caused a crash from which Paige need 7 stitches. She was happy to report that nothing happened to her bike in the crash and that other then the stitches, she only suffered minor scrapes.

I met Paige at her 14 acre family home in Pipersville. That is the area where she generally trains for races. How can you not? It is beautiful scenery to ride through.

As Paige rides up the road, one doe crosses the road, then another. Further up the road another doe crosses the road following her mother. A car comes closer to Paige. She cautiously waves the vehicle around her. Once past she gets back to work. The Fearless Femme steadily pedals up the scenic hilly road on her way to the next race.

Paige doesn’t want summer to end, saying, “I want to keep racing! It’s so fun!”

September 11, 2016 in Doylestown.

Her hometown race.

Celebrating Cycling: The Bucks County Classic

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If you are walking the streets of Doylestown on September 11th, that nice breeze you feel will not be from the wind. The cause will be from hundreds of cyclists speeding past as they circle around the criterium during the Bucks County Classic.

Held in conjunction with the Doylestown Arts Festival, it is billed as The Biggest Weekend in Bucks County.

Considering that this year’s race will take place on September 11th, Race Director John Eustice said they will have, “At the minimum, a moment of silence,” in remembrance of those from the area that lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

This year’s Bucks County Classic, sponsored by The Thompson Organization, will feature six races.

Kicking off the day of racing at 8:30 a.m. is the Cyclosportif, which features either a 31 mile or 60 mile scenic course through Bucks County.

At 9:30 a.m. the Amateur Men’s Race, which is returning for 2016, features cycling stars of the future competing on the same course as the pros.

Children’s races will have youngsters wheeling to the finish line at 10:30 a.m.

High wheel bicycles will be used in the Lenape Scorcher at 11:30 a.m. The race lasts 40 minutes and is limited to only 20 cyclists.

The Doylestown Pro Women’s Race is up after that at 11:45 a.m.

The final race of the day will be the Thompson Criterium of Doylestown Pro Men at 1 p.m.

This race, which was founded in 2003, is part of the US Pro Cycling Tour and features teams riding on the 62 mile course through Doylestown. Total prizes for each Pro mens and Pro womens race is $12,000.

The course itself is designed around the Doylestown Arts Festival, which is taking place September 10 and 11.

Racers will start at the old Bucks County Courthouse, head north on East Court Street and then make a right onto Pine Street, then E. Oakland, Main Street, Ashland, Lafayette, W. Oakland, Clinton and back to Court Street. They will do this for 62 miles until the winner passes the Thompson VIP tent to a checkered flag. Pro men will make 45 laps around the course and pro women about 22 laps, according to Eustice, and 150 pro men, 25 to 30 pro women and about 60 amateurs will compete in the races this year.

The race itself originally started when the Souderton Grand Prix, which took place on a Saturday, left riders with an open Sunday. He convinced the Arts Festival people to give him a corner of town to have the first race. Three years later, Eustice came up with the idea to, “circle the Arts Festival.”

Some of the best places to watch the high speed cycling race is Clinton and Court, Clinton and Mary, Court and Harvey, Court and Pine, Pine and State and Oakland and Pine.

Awards ceremonies are scheduled for Amateur Men 10:40 a.m., Pro Women 12:50 p.m, and Pro Men 3:20 p.m. This time will vary based upon the race finishes.

Streets will be closed on the race course from 8:30 am until 3:30 p.m. If you attend the event, free parking is available in the County Parking Garage, the VIP Lot and Fanny Chapman Park. Shuttles will be available from the garage and Fanny Chapman Park.

When asked what the best aspect of having the race in Doylestown is, Eustice smiled and said, “The people of Doylestown.” He explained that anything he needs to make this race happen, any issue that arises, the community has been there for him in any way they can to help him put on a fabulous race every year.

In the past 14 years since they started that race, it has become “One of the biggest special events in Bucks County,” said Eustice.

Plein Arts Festival

Last week in Doylestown I photographed the Plein Arts Festival.  50 artists from around the country were invited to compete and paint in the open air.
Here are some of the images and video:

From left, Addie Hocynec, of Lansdale, Pennsylvania and a painter herself, speaks with fellow artist John Schmidtberger as he paints a picture during the first ever Bucks County Plein Air Festival Wednesday June 8, 2016 at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The competitively-selected artists will paint outdoors "en plein air" or "in open air" over the course of three days in various locations throughout the county to create various landscapes and streetscapes. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

From left, Addie Hocynec, of Lansdale, Pennsylvania and a painter herself, speaks with fellow artist John Schmidtberger as he paints a picture during the first ever Bucks County Plein Air Festival Wednesday June 8, 2016 at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The competitively-selected artists will paint outdoors “en plein air” or “in open air” over the course of three days in various locations throughout the county to create various landscapes and streetscapes. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

Addie Hocynec, right, of Lansdale, Pennsylvania and a painter herself, speaks with fellow artist John Schmidtberger, left, as he paints a picture during the first ever Bucks County Plein Air Festival Wednesday June 8, 2016 at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The competitively-selected artists will paint outdoors "en plein air" or "in open air" over the course of three days in various locations throughout the county to create various landscapes and streetscapes. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

Addie Hocynec, right, of Lansdale, Pennsylvania and a painter herself, speaks with fellow artist John Schmidtberger, left, as he paints a picture during the first ever Bucks County Plein Air Festival Wednesday June 8, 2016 at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The competitively-selected artists will paint outdoors “en plein air” or “in open air” over the course of three days in various locations throughout the county to create various landscapes and streetscapes. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

 

From left, Addie Hocynec, of Lansdale, Pennsylvania and a painter herself, speaks with fellow artist John Schmidtberger as he paints a picture during the first ever Bucks County Plein Air Festival Wednesday June 8, 2016 at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The competitively-selected artists will paint outdoors "en plein air" or "in open air" over the course of three days in various locations throughout the county to create various landscapes and streetscapes. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

From left, Addie Hocynec, of Lansdale, Pennsylvania and a painter herself, speaks with fellow artist John Schmidtberger as he paints a picture during the first ever Bucks County Plein Air Festival Wednesday June 8, 2016 at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The competitively-selected artists will paint outdoors “en plein air” or “in open air” over the course of three days in various locations throughout the county to create various landscapes and streetscapes. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

 

Lauren Travis, of New Hope, Pennsylvania paints a picture during the first ever Bucks County Plein Air Festival Wednesday June 8, 2016 at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The competitively-selected artists will paint outdoors "en plein air" or "in open air" over the course of three days in various locations throughout the county to create various landscapes and streetscapes. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

Lauren Travis, of New Hope, Pennsylvania paints a picture during the first ever Bucks County Plein Air Festival Wednesday June 8, 2016 at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The competitively-selected artists will paint outdoors “en plein air” or “in open air” over the course of three days in various locations throughout the county to create various landscapes and streetscapes. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

 

Artist John Schmidtberger paints a picture during the first ever Bucks County Plein Air Festival Wednesday June 8, 2016 at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The competitively-selected artists will paint outdoors "en plein air" or "in open air" over the course of three days in various locations throughout the county to create various landscapes and streetscapes. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

Artist John Schmidtberger paints a picture during the first ever Bucks County Plein Air Festival Wednesday June 8, 2016 at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The competitively-selected artists will paint outdoors “en plein air” or “in open air” over the course of three days in various locations throughout the county to create various landscapes and streetscapes. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

 

Lauren Travis, of New Hope, Pennsylvania wears a cap with a button for the Bucks County Plein Air Festival Wednesday June 8, 2016 at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The competitively-selected artists will paint outdoors "en plein air" or "in open air" over the course of three days in various locations throughout the county to create various landscapes and streetscapes. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

Lauren Travis, of New Hope, Pennsylvania wears a cap with a button for the Bucks County Plein Air Festival Wednesday June 8, 2016 at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The competitively-selected artists will paint outdoors “en plein air” or “in open air” over the course of three days in various locations throughout the county to create various landscapes and streetscapes. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

Thompson Toyota’s Draw the Future Contest Winners Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Can you believe over 1,000 children entered the Thompson Toyota’s Draw the Future Contest? There were lots of very cool drawings by future artists in kindergarten to sixth grade. And the grand prize winner gets to be featured on a billboard. Sweet. Check out the pix and video.

Laura Thompson Barnes (L) introduces Sophia Ponomarenko, who's drawing of The Maserati Leaper won 1st place and the grand prize in the Thompson Organization's Draw the Future Contest Thursday April 16, 2015 at Thompson Toyota in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. A record 1,184 entries from kindergarten to sixth grade were received from students at more than 40 local schools. The grand prize winner will have her drawing featured on a billboard. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images) (William Thomas Cain)

Laura Thompson Barnes (L) introduces Sophia Ponomarenko, who’s drawing of The Maserati Leaper won 1st place and the grand prize in the Thompson Organization’s Draw the Future Contest Thursday April 16, 2015 at Thompson Toyota in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. A record 1,184 entries from kindergarten to sixth grade were received from students at more than 40 local schools. The grand prize winner will have her drawing featured on a billboard. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images) (William Thomas Cain)

Sophia Ponomarenko's entry of The Maserati Leaper won 1st place and the grand prize in the Thompson Organization's Draw the Future Contest Thursday April 16, 2015 at Thompson Toyota in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. A record 1,184 entries from kindergarten to sixth grade were received from students at more than 40 local schools. The grand prize winner will have her drawing featured on a billboard. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images) (William Thomas Cain)

Sophia Ponomarenko’s entry of The Maserati Leaper won 1st place and the grand prize in the Thompson Organization’s Draw the Future Contest Thursday April 16, 2015 at Thompson Toyota in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. A record 1,184 entries from kindergarten to sixth grade were received from students at more than 40 local schools. The grand prize winner will have her drawing featured on a billboard. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images) (William Thomas Cain)

See the story at The Intelligencer’s website.

Ash Wednesday Celebration In Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Had a nice time making pictures at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Doylestown, Pennsylvania this past Ash Wednesday. Luckily, Father Paschal Onunwa spoke to me on camera and explained a bit about Ash Wednesday. After 12 years of catholic school, you’d think I’d have remembered some of it. Heres some of the images below and the video.
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I’ve also attached a pdf of the page so you can see how the image was used in the newspaper.DAILY_CMI_INT_A003_021915.arc

Canines on the Catwalk

Some images and a video from Friday nights Canines on the Catwalk. See the gallery at http://cainimages.photoshelter.com/gallery/Canines-on-the-Catwalk/G0000KfZwCQ5bgZM/C0000B4meVQyhd.0 DOYLESTOWN, PA - JUNE 06: A model walks the runway with Shaggy the dog during the Canines on the Catwalk fashion show June 6, 2014 at the Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Canines on the Catwalk is a fashion show coupling professional models, high-end clothes and dogs. The program benefits animal rescue  (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images) (William Thomas Cain)
DOYLESTOWN, PA – JUNE 06: A model walks the runway with Shaggy the dog during the Canines
on the Catwalk fashion show June 6, 2014 at the Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
Canines on the Catwalk is a fashion show coupling professional models, high-end clothes and dogs.
The program benefits animal rescue  (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

DOYLESTOWN, PA - JUNE 06: Matthew Carroll (2nd from right) and Nicole Hatch (R) watch a model on the runway during the Canines on the Catwalk fashion show June 6, 2014 at the Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Canines on the Catwalk is a fashion show coupling professional models, high-end clothes and dogs. The program benefits animal rescue  (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images) (William Thomas Cain)
DOYLESTOWN, PA – JUNE 06: Matthew Carroll (2nd from right) and Nicole Hatch (R) watch a model
on the runway during the Canines on the Catwalk fashion show June 6, 2014 at the Michener Museum
in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Canines on the Catwalk is a fashion show coupling professional models,
high-end clothes and dogs. The program benefits animal rescue  (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

DOYLESTOWN, PA - JUNE 06: Bud the dog pauses on the runway during the Canines on the Catwalk fashion show June 6, 2014 at the Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Canines on the Catwalk is a fashion show coupling professional models, high-end clothes and dogs. The program benefits animal rescue  (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images) (William Thomas Cain)DOYLESTOWN, PA – JUNE 06: Bud the dog pauses on the runway during the Canines on the Catwalk
fashion show June 6, 2014 at the Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Canines on the Catwalk
is a fashion show coupling professional models, high-end clothes and dogs. The program benefits
animal rescue  (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)
DOYLESTOWN, PA - JUNE 06: Buffy Lu the dog pauses on the runway during the Canines on the Catwalk fashion show June 6, 2014 at the Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Canines on the Catwalk is a fashion show coupling professional models, high-end clothes and dogs. The program benefits animal rescue  (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images) (William Thomas Cain)
DOYLESTOWN, PA – JUNE 06: Buffy Lu the dog pauses on the runway during the Canines on the
Catwalk fashion show June 6, 2014 at the Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Canines on
the Catwalk is a fashion show coupling professional models, high-end clothes and dogs. The program
benefits animal rescue  (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

DOYLESTOWN, PA - JUNE 06: A model walks the runway with Lucy the dog during the Canines on the Catwalk fashion show June 6, 2014 at the Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Canines on the Catwalk is a fashion show coupling professional models, high-end clothes and dogs. The program benefits animal rescue  (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images) (William Thomas Cain)
DOYLESTOWN, PA – JUNE 06: A model walks the runway with Lucy the dog during the Canines on the
Catwalk fashion show June 6, 2014 at the Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Canines on
the Catwalk is a fashion show coupling professional models, high-end clothes and dogs. The program
benefits animal rescue  (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

DOYLESTOWN, PA - JUNE 06: A model walks the runway with Lucy the dog during the Canines on the Catwalk fashion show June 6, 2014 at the Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Canines on the Catwalk is a fashion show coupling professional models, high-end clothes and dogs. The program benefits animal rescue  (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images) (William Thomas Cain)
DOYLESTOWN, PA – JUNE 06: A model walks the runway with Lucy the dog during the Canines on the
Catwalk fashion show June 6, 2014 at the Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Canines on
the Catwalk is a fashion show coupling professional models, high-end clothes and dogs. The program
benefits animal rescue  (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

DOYLESTOWN, PA - JUNE 06: A model walks the runway during the Canines on the Catwalk fashion show June 6, 2014 at the Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Canines on the Catwalk is a fashion show coupling professional models, high-end clothes and dogs. The program benefits animal rescue  (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images) (William Thomas Cain)
DOYLESTOWN, PA – JUNE 06: A model walks the runway during the Canines on the Catwalk fashion
show June 6, 2014 at the Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Canines on the Catwalk is a
fashion show coupling professional models, high-end clothes and dogs. The program benefits animal
rescue  (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)


Video.

Groundbreaking for the Doylestown Global War on Terrorism Memorial

Shot a groundbreaking and was kind of irritated that all I had was some images of talking heads. So, I stayed a bitt longer then normal. The participants were standing around after the event having a chat about the project. They had left the shovels sticking out of the ground. As I wandered, I noticed a soldier standing behind one of the shovels and started to play with the idea in my head. I made my way over to the soldier, focused and then proceeded to place my camera on the ground for a low able view. I’m sure these guys thought I was crazy, but I was just looking for a more interesting way to show a routine groundbreaking. The editors must have liked, because that’s what they chose to use in the paper. 🙂

DOYLESTOWN, PA - MARCH 24:  Robert Bray, US Army from Kansas City, Missouri stands near a shovel used during the Groundbreaking for the Global War on Terrorism memorial March 24, 2014 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images) (William Thomas Cain)

DOYLESTOWN, PA – MARCH 24: Robert Bray, US Army from Kansas City, Missouri stands near a shovel used during the Groundbreaking for the Global War on Terrorism memorial March 24, 2014 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images) (William Thomas Cain)

Pumpkinfest 2013

Video & stills from Pumpkinfest 2013 at the Moravian Tileworks in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
When I was at the Inquirer I photographed this event ever year and always had a blast. One of the bummers about this years event was that the assignment sheet said 5p. By the time I arrived at 5p, the sculptors had mostly finished their carvings. I made the best of it and got some nice images.

Click the images to see the gallery. 🙂