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Sid Ceaser Photography Makes Every Client Feel Like an Action Hero

By Pamela Sosnowski

Photographer Sid Ceaser is a self-proclaimed "pop culture junkie" and "goofball" that loves taking photos of toys and action figures, but don't let his relationship with his inner child deceive you. His prowess for looking on the lighter side of life has made him an award-winning photographer that can easily capture the essence of a person, whether they're a musician or a corporate CEO.

"All of my interests are rolled into my photography and I believe that life should be lived creatively," he said. "Ever since I was little I've made photographs; setting up toys into scenes and then taking Polaroids of them for dramatic effect. As a teenager I made mix-tapes for friends and used photocopiers to create elaborate artwork to accompany them, something that has grown into helping musicians make images and designing their CD packages."

Ceaser specializes in headshot photography for business and corporate clients and those working in fine arts, and is very experienced in shooting photography for bands and musicians; specifically, album artwork and publicity, press, and promotional shots. He also does magazine and media assignment photography and editorial portraiture. Although he doesn't typically advertise it, he can also take on high school senior portraits and product photography.

Based in Nashua for the past 12 years, Ceaser has been voted Best Visual Artist by readers of The Hippo for five consecutive years. He's also been nominated for a NH Business in the Arts award and a New England Art award and counts among his clients Yankee Magazine, New Hampshire Magazine, and The Hippo. His new studio location is on Pine Street in the Nashua Mill Yard, in a new building that he shares with other artists of the Picker Collaborative Artists.

His sense of humor and outgoing personality helps dispense any nervousness his clients may bring to a shoot.

"Clients gravitate to me who are looking for clean, crisp and compelling portraiture who also like a relaxed, one-on-one atmosphere," he said. "My style is a result of an organic process that involves the client just as much as it does the photographer, sitting on top of layers of strong technical and creative skill. I'm always striving to create a portrait that not only shows the character of the person, but also puts them in a position of power with added drama to the image."

Ceaser also teaches a workshop, that occurs several times throughout the year, which is currently on hiatus, on shooting portrait photography. For a $300 fee, the intensive daylong course teaches everything one needs to shoot compelling portrait photography, from lighting to manual camera settings.

Pricing starts at $300 for headshots and Ceaser takes the time to discuss each shoot ahead of time with a client to get to know them and their specific needs. Although he loves his pop culture, people remain his favorite subject and he relishes in making his subjects look epic, with settings and moods created specifically for them.

"I love the act of meeting someone new and discovering their story, and sharing mine with them," he said. "Part of good portrait photography is trust, and I love spending time with clients learning and establishing that trust."

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