Author Headshot

I was gratified to receive a note from Albuquerque author J. Allen Whitt thanking me for my “great work” in providing a head shot for a revised book cover for his award-winning novel Notes From the Other Side of the Mountain (available from

There are subtle but important differences between a portrait and a head shot. A good head shot should capture the personality of the client and provide the best possible professional (yet realistic) representation of the client.  A portrait, however,  sets a mood and suggests a story. Lighting, coloring, and expressive poses, and venue (studio vs. local) often effect the transformation between a head shot and a portrait.

I enjoy head shot photography because I’m a good listener and after 40+ years of experience in government and industry I have a unique capability to work with clients to best portray their personalities through a photograph. These same skills carry over to working with clients seeking a portrait that suggests a mood, circumstance, life event, or story.  If you live or work in the Albuquerque area and need a professional head shot or portrait photo, please contact me for a free, no obligation consultation.

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Book Cover With Head Shot on Back Cover

Completed Novel Cover

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Portrait of Author J. Allen Whitt


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About Dave Hood

Married to my wife of 47 years, Barbara. Two adopted grandsons, Jim age 13, and Billy, age 8. Retired from the Air Force Reserve after 26 years in 1993. Retired from Air Force civil service with 34 years of service in 2000. Worked an additional 7 years for General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems before finally leaving the workforce. Hobbies include working around the house, exercising our Labradoodle Shadow, travel, and photography. My photo equipment includes a Nikon D7100 camera, several Nikon lenses, a Nikon SB-700 speedlight, a Manfrotto tripod, a Kodak monopod, and assorted filters. I use Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop CS6 for post processing and ProShow Producer software for producing slide shows (mostly about travel) set to music.

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