We’ve got a long standing relationship with a local Shakespearean troupe, The Baron’s Men. Andrew or I have photographed the joust they host annually for a decade, and have worked with the troupe numerous times for other plays. They are as talented a set of fun loving players as you will find. This time we were there to make promotional portraits for their production of Henry IV, Part 1.
Their plays are held in the glow of gas lanterns at the Curtain Theater built by all around awesome guy and video game legend Richard Garriott. Nestled in a pecan grove along Lake Austin, the gas light theater has the perfect ambiance for Shakespeare. We worked outside the theater around the property. For some of the photos, we duplicated the warm glow of the antique gas lighting.
For other photos, we used the abundant green of the grove to create a forest feel.
Character Promotional Portraits
Another component of this shoot was to make promotional portraits of the characters. These portraits get used on the web site, as well as for historical record of the characters.
These promotional portraits are simple because we used only available light. Normally we build a lighting setup. But, this time we kept it simple. These are a “best effort” due to the time constraints of the actors (all volunteers).
This shoot is one of many ProBono shoots AzulOx’s donates to support the arts in Austin and around the country.