We all know finding ways to be proactive in the advancement of one's acting career is much harder in todays economy, so it's vital you take full advantage of those decisions that are actually within your control. Years ago, when I first came to LA from NY, I worked as an intern for two major casting directors. During that time thousands of headshots passed through my hands. Now I am a professional actor with guest starring credits on top shows like CSI Miami and Burn Notice. Make no mistake, you get what you put into this business. Half the battle is just getting in the audition room. It is better by far to go with an artist whose work will get you in the door than to save a couple hundred dollars and never get called in. Pictures. Matter. You cut corners you're just hurting yourself. Buckman's work speaks for itself. My session with Brad produced the best shots I've ever had taken and I had so much fun doing it, literally the hardest part was trying to keep from smiling in every shot. For being one of the top-tier photographers in LA his prices dont make sense until you meet him and realize he has a heart for actors trying to fulfil their dreams. I spent five hours with Brad, during which time he made me feel like a movie star. And at the end he handed me shots that made me look like one. UPDATE 3/15/12 OK friends, I've just seen how my headshots turned out after being edited by Brad. Just to be clear, I'm not writing these reviews for Brad's benefit; he was voted one of L.A.'s Top 10 headshot photographers and L.A.'s first digital headshot photographer... I think it's clear Brad isn't the one in need of work. No, I'm writing these for all of the actors and actresses I know in this town who do nothing but complain to me that they can't get or hold an agent. I have witnessed too many friends make the same mistake by repeatedly using photographers who produce work that's below the highest standard. In LA that's like fishing without bait. I'll post one of my pictures but he has all of his pics on his site. My name is Joe Vita, you can google me to see how the rest of my shots turned out.
Naheed was selected to be my wedding photographer based on her portfolio, personality and price. All of the pictures we saw were exactly what we wanted for our wedding, especially the ones she took of food! During our engagement photo session, she tried and succeeded in making my reluctant fiancé smile! She made the impossible possible! Plus she was able to catch sweet moments of us and our precious dog in an urban setting. GORGEOUS! These photos were meant to capture us as a family since our dog couldn’t be at the wedding. On our wedding day, Naheed and her assistant had a list of pictures that we wanted and suggested wonderful ideas as well. She did an excellent job and we are both extremely happy with the service and end products. I would recommend her services to anyone and everyone who needs a photographer.
We chose Naheed to photograph our wedding because we loved her “documentary style” candid photographs and we thought she really captured unique qualities about couples and their weddings. What I discovered after our own wedding pictures came back, is that she managed to find the same unique quality in the posed photos too. I love the pictures she took of us with our families and us alone right after the ceremony. Naheed suggested poses that were totally natural and looked great. But the absolute best part was on the dance floor! We had a very raucous hora and multiple guests told me- “Your photographer was right in the middle getting jostled around- snapping away!” Naheed’s pictures are ecstatic and totally captured our wedding. She’s an artist.