March 15th, 2013 § § permalink
Ismael was referred to me by his acting coach. I’ve shot several of his classmates and have a few more coming up. Of the ones that I have shot, it’s funny to imagine them all in a class together since they’re such a dynamic bunch. Ismael is 18, a student at NY Film Academy, and his family just moved to California a year ago from Puerto Rico. He told me that in one of his first acting classes (while he was still very timid, he adds), he had to improvise a role as a sexual molester. Ha! With this face? Unbelievable
Today, I’m going in to see William Morris Endeavor for the first time. Can’t wait to see what their office is like.
March 14th, 2013 § § permalink
Mycah is a recent graduate of UCLA and just started acting. I thought this location would work well for his skin tone. Great kid with a very positive energy.
March 4th, 2013 § § permalink
One of the best things about my jobs now that I didn’t get to experience before when I was a software engineer is that I always get to meet new people. Whether it’s someone standing in front of my camera or someone sitting in my hairstyling chair, there’s always the opportunity with my new professions to talk and get to know the person. Simply put, it’s part of my job, and I like that aspect very much. Some of my clients end up becoming friends, and even the ones that I don’t keep in contact with afterwards, we’ve shared time together before they’re off with new photos or a haircut.
Dr. Erick Stone came to me as an agency referral, and I knew within the first few minutes of meeting him that I was going to like this guy. He’s just a great, down-to-earth family man. A graduate of USC medical school, Dr. Stone practiced emergency medicine for a large portion of his life before facing occupational burnout. The remedy? He started taking acting classes. :) Acting sparked a renewed interest in him, and he soon quit his medical practice. It’s often said that passion plays an integral role in success, and it didn’t take long before Dr. Stone was snatched up by a commercial agent. I was his first headshot photographer, and I was encouraged by his story. It’s never too late to follow your passion!
December 23rd, 2012 § § permalink
I asked Shawn how he found me, and it turns out that it was his mother, who was quite an actress back in the day who found me online and picked me out of 30 headshot photographers! Pretty cool.
December 13th, 2012 § § permalink
Taylor was referred to me through his agent. We did a seven look session, which can be really long and taxing, but Taylor came fully prepared and organized. He brought a list detailing each outfit for each look. We operated throughout the shoot like a well-oiled machine, knocking out the looks. I’ve been getting consistent referrals from his agency, and I really like shooting their actors, because their agent knows exactly what he wants and makes the actor do their homework in picking out the wardrobe. Definitely helps to make the shoot easy and fun.
December 5th, 2012 § § permalink
Tim is one of my haircut clients at Floyd’s Barbershop, and he booked a headshot session with me after seeing my photography cards on my station. Love when that happens; it’s great to have cross-over clients. Tim is Iranian, and his hair can be a real challenge; he’s stuck with me as his hairstylist, because he says not many people he’s gone to before has been able to handle it. Simply put, he’s got a lot of hair. An unfair amount, really. When I tackle his hair, I take the razor and go to town, texturing and removing bulk. These headshots were taken right after the haircut, so you can just imagine how much hair he had to begin with. Cool dude. It’s awesome to have great clients!
November 13th, 2012 § § permalink
I’ve been getting headshot referrals from The Wallis Talent Agency, a fantastic little agency with some great talent. Two of my clients were sent from them last week, and Ethan was one of them. First of all, I just have to say, this Colorado native is so talented. He sings, acts, writes, does stand up, and has an awesome personality. He had me smiling the whole session. I hope this kid goes far.
November 2nd, 2012 § § permalink
So this past week, I received my favorite spam comment on this blog of all time. Sac Pascher writes,
“Hello, you used to write great, but the last few posts have been kinda boring…I miss your super writings. Past few posts are just a little bit out of track! come on!”
I am so glad I have someone like Sac monitoring and rating my posts. I definitely don’t want to disappoint Sac with anymore boring writings. The “come on!” should be enough to spur me back on track with my super writings
Seth was a referral from one of my past clients. He’s got a great smile that really lights up his face. Below are some of my favorites.
August 15th, 2012 § § permalink
One of my recent clients was Jessie, an acting student at AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy). Working with Jessie was really fun, because he’s got a lively personality. He’s also got a great, approachable smile; during our shoot, Jessie mentioned that he’s thinking about closing up the gap in between his front teeth. I told him that I think he should keep the gap because it adds character to the smile. Here are some of my favorite shots:
August 9th, 2012 § § permalink
Yesterday, I had a photo session with Kevin, an actor and Southern California native. His passion for acting began in high school, and his early days of acting includes featured work on “Step by Step” and “Sister Sister.” I tried a couple of new locations during our shoot, adding to my repertoire of backlit spots. Kevin is so ethnically ambiguous, and that plays to his favor in getting roles sometimes. During our shoot, we talked about the casting process, and Kevin mentioned that he’s so burned out from going to commercial castings that now he just focuses purely on print and theatrical work. In our short time of shooting, I developed an admiration for his direction and drive. Here are some of the photos from our session: