I Want To Shoot You!

It's been just over a year since I launched my reinvention of the headshot and I have to say, "It's been a blast!" Every session has been completely different and always full surprises. It's been so much fun co-creating with each and every person I've work with, or I should say play.

Below are some of the amazing human beings I've had the privilege to photograph - I'm so grateful for each of them allowing me in, being willing to throw caution to the wind and stepping into the unknown. What might seem scary at first (for both of us), quickly becomes an exhilarating experience.  

If you are looking for something different than the two-hour/three looks/posed in front of the same old backgrounds, EMAIL ME HERE and we'll set up a complimentary meet-up (generally a couple of hours) to see if we're a good fit. You can also learn more about the shooting process and read testimonials HERE.

I am currently booking for LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK. And stayed tuned if you'd like to shoot your session in PARIS!

Taylor Richardson - Actor

Taylor Richardson - Actor

Kabir Chopra - Actor/Director

Kabir Chopra - Actor/Director

Yasmeen Jawhar - Actor

Yasmeen Jawhar - Actor

Lauryn Stallings  ,   Journalist/The NY Times

Lauryn StallingsJournalist/The NY Times

Taylor Richardson - Actor

Taylor Richardson - Actor

Kabir Chopra -  Actor/Director

Kabir Chopra - Actor/Director

Yasmeen Jawhar - Actor

Yasmeen Jawhar - Actor

Lauryn Stallings ,   Journalist/The NY Times

Lauryn StallingsJournalist/The NY Times

Jodie Bentley - Actor/Producer/Author

Jodie Bentley - Actor/Producer/Author

Ryan Caldwell - Actor/Producer

Ryan Caldwell - Actor/Producer

Jodie Bentley - Actor/Producer/Author

Jodie Bentley - Actor/Producer/Author

Ryan Caldwell - Actor/Producer

Ryan Caldwell - Actor/Producer

Tim McDonald - Communicator/Connector

Tim McDonald - Communicator/Connector

Jennifer Ajemian - Casting Director

Jennifer Ajemian - Casting Director

Simon Taufique - Composer/ Producer

Simon Taufique - Composer/Producer

Isabella - Actor

Isabella - Actor

Adrianna Mateo - Musician

Adrianna Mateo - Musician

Timothy French - Actor

Timothy French - Actor

Lisa Ford - Filmmaker/Professor

Lisa Ford - Filmmaker/Professor

Tim McDonald - Communicator/Connector

Tim McDonald - Communicator/Connector

Jennifer Ajemian - Casting Director

Jennifer Ajemian - Casting Director

Simon Taufique -  Composer/  Producer

Simon Taufique - Composer/Producer

Isabella - Actor

Isabella - Actor

Adrianna Mateo - Musician

Adrianna Mateo - Musician

Timothy French - Actor

Timothy French - Actor

Lisa Ford - Filmmaker/Professor

Lisa Ford - Filmmaker/Professor

You get more than headshots...
my sessions are adventure days!

My Latest Photoshoot

We (me, Pumpkin and Kimberly) were out shooting Kimberly's session all day Saturday. We started around 10:45am with the clothes picking and then headed out for destinations unknown. It was one adventure after another plus plenty of surprises. Fun and unexpected turns ruled the day and night.

I thought this photograph (a personal shot) was the last of the day since it was around 10pm...

 
 

...until we went back to where we began and I did a few more shots there. Then we decided to get food - it was midnight by that time - yup, more photos there. Then we ended up at the North Hollywood subway station, as an afterthought. I think we parted ways around 2am. Longest photoshoot I've done. And still editing. 

If you are you need new photographs of yourself and looking for an new experience check out my Creative Portraiture page. I can only shoot three people per week. I will be shooting in Los Angeles for a few more weeks and have openings, then I'll be available for sessions in New York for a couple of months.

Book your free two hour meeting with me now.

 

Yasmeen

Five days ago I posted a photograph of a multi-rooted tree trunk covered in Fall colors. I mentioned it was directly related to the person I was shooting that day but I couldn't reveal any photos without her permission.

Well, I got that permission an hour ago, so here are two photos that I love. All the kudos go to the very talented and adventurous actor, Yasmeen Jawhar. We had so much fun!

 
 
 
 

We shot these and more in less than a couple of hours on a rainy afternoon in Central Park, two days after we did the main Creative Portraiture that turned out a ton of killer shots. She was so great to play and create with...I predict you will be seeing her on the big screen sooner than later.

Special thanks to Michael Claes for his generous assistance in making these photographs possible.


If you are interested in learning more about my Creative Portraiture (it includes your headshots) click the image below. It's a co-creative adventure day where amazing things will happen.

EMAIL ME!

My Palette

I can't wait to show some of the photographs I have been taking of my Creative Portraiture clients over the past couple of weeks. I have posted a couple of outtakes that were taken during a session but those were unrelated to the subject.

However, this photograph does have a direct relationship to a person I photographed yesterday. I just can't show you anything else until the picks are made and the subject gives me the okay.

 
 

Adrianna Mateo

This is a look inside on how I shoot my creative portraiture sessions.
The sessions are for actors, musicians, creator, business people, kids and anyone else.
It is not so much a photo shoot as it is an creative collaborative experience.

On March 30 I did a session in New York with virtuoso violinist and soon to be pop star Adrianna Mateo. We had a two hour meeting to get to know each other and then agreed on a date and time to do the shoot. Other than a short discussion on what outfits she might don, there was absolutely no plan or discussion on where, what or how we would shoot. Just a meeting place and time, then we pick a direction in the moment.

We met at Union Square. I seriously had no idea what we were going to do. That is both frightening and freeing (don't try this at home?). The reason I chose to shoot this way is so that there is room for authentic collaborative creativity and most important, spontaneity.  

This shot was taken within the first twenty frames we shot...

 
 

I'm just showing a small smattering of the places where we ended up shooting...and some of the creative craziness that ensued.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

All of the photographs above were not posed and caught in the moment.

This is the only one in this set I actually posed...

 
 

If you would like to see the complete array of the 187 photographs that made the cut of Adrianna's session please email me and let me know why you are interested in checking them out. For example, you are considering booking a session, or whatever other interest you may have.


 
 

Creative Portraiture

I have been taking photographs of people for a long time. I've shot rock stars and homeless people, and everyone in between.

I'm now launching a focused and purposeful creative portraiture service....a different way of taking photographs of people. This idea stemmed from the way I have been shooting musicians over the past year or so. I listen to their music and research them, then by the time we would meet, I would already have tons of ideas on everything from album cover design to image and publicity. From there we would spend a lot of time hanging out and talking. And then we would do multiple sessions to capture different looks and locations. It turned out to be a really great process for them and for me. There was a narrative within the sessions that created stories within the photographs.

Up until recently, I have avoided shooting actors and other creatives because I didn't feel the heart in taking "headshots". Don't get me wrong, I love actors - having been one and working with many others behind the camera as a stills photographer and director. I just didn't like the way "headshots" are done. The process in itself is lacking in creativity and story. And I had no interest in that. When I'm taking photographs of people I'm drawn to their character and humanity. And I have no way to get to that place by giving a person I barely know a couple of hours in front of my camera.

Finally, a light bulb came on! I realized I could use the way I shoot musicians as a jumping off point to create a new way to work with actors and other creatives who need photographs to represent themselves. And it works...not only for the person I'm shooting but for me as well! 

Here are the results from my latest shoot with actor Timothy French:

 
 

I'm very excited about my new way of shooting actors and other creatives, and am now making it available to everyone, including musicians. If you are interested and looking for new pictures, there's more information on my process and more photographs please click through to:

 CREATIVE PORTRAITURE

I look forward to shooting you!