A little bit about the photographer...
I graduated from Vassar College, then headed west to San Francisco, where I received my MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater. I’ve been an actor my entire adult life, and a professional headshot photographer for ten years.
My studio is located in the Broadway Theater District of downtown Los Angeles, in one of the greatest surviving examples of Art Deco architecture in the city: the Eastern Columbia Building.
A Few Notes For Actors (and non-actors, too.)
No single photograph is going to capture everything about you – that would be impossible. You could have a portfolio of a thousand photos, and together they couldn’t encapsulate every facet of your personality; we are complex creatures, after all. But when you look at your headshot, you should feel that it expresses something – an essence or spirit – that resonates with you as part of your authentic self. “Yeah,” you should say, “I love what this photo says about me.” When you hand your photo to a casting director, or submit yourself for a role, or hit the “Send” button as you email your photo to a prospective agent, you should do so with confidence that the photo represents you honestly and compellingly.
Our headshot is often the first impression we make with agents, managers, and casting directors. In a business where we feel we have little control, I want to empower actors, at least in this often perplexing realm: We need to know how to take a great headshot. We need tangible, specific techniques – we need to know exactly what to DO when we’re sitting or standing in front of a camera. We don’t learn this in acting school: it’s my job to teach you.
It takes courage to get in front of a still camera, and I'm grateful for every spirited and steadfast client who comes to my studio, actors and non-actors. Yes, it may feel awkward at first to have a camera capturing your every glance and flicker of emotion, but that's normal. After a while, the discomfort fades; I promise. Before long, you’ll feel the excitement, fun, and exhilaration that should accompany every photo session.
Getting great portraits is a skill, and it takes a little practice. So we'll practice in an unhurried environment, we’ll talk, and we’ll work together. Think of your session not as an audition, but as a rehearsal. Remember: You got the part. It's you.