What’s Your Damage, Heather? Photography for a Musical

Dear Diary, My Teen-Angst BullSh*t now has a body count.

I still remember watching bits and pieces of the original Heathers on vhs. Now, its back as a musical. And, our job was to create photography for the musical promotions!

My friends at The Footlight Club tapped me to put together the poster art and character portraits for this iconic throw back to the 80’s.

Heathers The Musical at Footlight.org Poster by McKeePhotography.com
Heathers The Musical at Footlight.org Poster by McKeePhotography.com

Creating Photography for The Icons

Creating cast portraits for a show like this took a little thinking and a lot of collaboration with Eleza Kort, the director, Amanda Bedford and Olivia Sederlund, the producers, and Michael Colford, the Club’s publicity director.

In order to highlight the color schemes of each character, we decided to go minimalist and bright.

The studio shoot took place over two different sessions to accommodate scheduling challenges.

Heathers, The Musical at The Footlight Club
Heathers, The Musical at The Footlight Club
Heathers, The Musical at The Footlight Club

Character Portraits for Social Media

The lighting was fairly simple. It varied between using a large octabank for the poster cover to using a beauty dish for the individuals. The beauty dish is great for creating a hard, fashion-esque light. But, it doesn’t really provide good coverage for groups.

We had each actor stand on a 2 foot tall platform to get a RollingStone feel.

Costumes, Wigs and Characters

With a minimalist set, and only a couple of mallets for props, costume becomes very important for images like this. Lead costume designer, Sara Tess Neumann, was on hand to tweak her creations and give the actors even more life.

Heathers, The Musical at The Footlight Club
Heathers, The Musical at The Footlight Club

It ain’t over ’till its over

Post production was also simplified by shooting on white. Cut outs were easy and, with a little tweak for exposure, they went right into the layout easily.

Heathers, The Musical cast with Director Eleza Kort
Heathers, The Musical cast Cara Guappone, Christianna Moestve, Michaeala Modica, Tristyn Sepersky with Director Eleza Kort
Heathers, The Musical at The Footlight Club
Heathers, The Musical at The Footlight Club
Heathers, The Musical at The Footlight Club
Heathers, The Musical at The Footlight Club

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