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.
I can't begin say enough good about this guy. Very attentive and friendly / personable. I came in with my broken Canon lens and even though I had interrupted his lunch he was unrushed and engaging in his response to find out what the particular problem was. The parts had to be ordered but in only 4 days he called to say it was ready. Same friendly guy when I went to pick it up -- he even took the time to give me some tips and shoot the breeze a little... "The lens?" you ask? Yes -- it was fixed - perfect ;) UPDATE: Went back again this time to have a used camera checked out I was thinking about buying.... with only about an hour's notice he took time from his schedule to inspect the camera and give me a thorough assessment. When it comes to pleasant, knowledgeable, (like almost "walking encyclopedia" knowledgeable) and friendly --Marvin is the poster guy for phenomenal customer service. He's patient and he's completely 'present' when he talks (not rushing or distracted) taking the time to talk to even us newbies without talking down or sounding patronizing. Photo Center is the only place I will ever go now for any camera or lens issue.
Austin is truly a fantastic and knowledgeable trainer. With the help of a team of which Austin was an integral part, I lost 103 lbs and completely changed my life. When I hit the 100lb mark, my friends threw me a party and Austin was there front and center to congratulate me on the work I'd done. He truly cares about his clients and about helping them achieve what they set out to do. He is a warm and encouraging coach who takes the time to teach his clients how to do each movement correctly to maximize results. His knowledge of nutrition, combined with his expertise in dynamic workouts that build muscle and burn fat quickly will absolutely give you the results you want to see. Plus, he keeps things fun and different so you and your muscles never get bored. If you want a motivating coach with a integral plan to get YOU where you want to be, he's your guy. Good luck on your journey to great health and fitness!
I have been training with Austin for over a year and a half now as my personal trainer and he is by far one of the most effective and knowledgable trainers I've worked with. I have seen continued results throughout. Austin has a complete understanding of each muscle group and how they are interrelated to work with and against one another to maximize the benefit of every minute of each work out. He also keeps each session dynamic in order to maximize results and avoid plateaus. I'm a doctor myself, so I know the importance of working with someone who really understands the body and how far to push it. Los Angeles is flooded with trainers that claim they know how to provide "the best workout," but very few actually have the experience. Austin has technical knowledge to customize the workout for each person's needs. He simply knows what he's doing and his workouts are extremely effective.
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.
Naheed had done the pictures for my brother's wedding and after seeing how beautiful the pictures were and how easy she was to work with; I knew that when I got engaged she would be the first choice for my wedding photographer. There are so many wedding photographers out there, and picking the right one can be difficult but I know that we made the right choice. I love her style and the fact she is good with a camera not with Photoshop. She is so flexible to work with and did not add any stress to my wedding planning. We could not have been happier with the final products we received, and would recommend her to our family and friends. We just want to thank Naheed again for the wonderful work she did for us on our wedding day.
I have worked with photographers for some time now. In my experience I would show up, take a few photos and leave. I never felt a connection to what I was doing or the photos themselves. With Matchstick Creative, however, I felt entirely different. Not only were they accommodating to my schedule, they provided brilliant insight and advice on what I was looking for. Matchstick made me feel like the photos were not just photos, but more of an extension of who I am. I would recommend Matchstick to anyone who is serious about their photos whether it be for a head shot, wedding, engagement photos, or any time in your life you want to capture and have a beautiful finished product.
I've been going to this gym since it opened at the beginning of the year. I like that it is new and clean and has top-notch equipment! I love the TVs on the treadmills, too -- makes my cardio go by a little faster, for sure. Even though there are a good number of people working out here, there's plenty of machines, so I rarely have to wait. The real clincher is all the perks included with membership. For example, there's free parking (hard to find in this part of town!), towel service, and classes are included in membership, which is a pretty awesome for a higher end gym like this. The staff are all very nice and accommodating. I highly recommend this gym!!
I hired Naheed to do a headshot for my business website and for my upcoming book. Her pricing, her personality and her approach were a perfect match for what I was looking for. She easily helped me to get comfortable in front of the camera so I could get a natural looking image that didn’t look like a posed headshot like you see so often. I was not only impressed with the large selection of images that I had to choose from after the shoot, but even more so with how she with just some simple editing was able to make the image really pop. She does great work, and has a natural eye for what I was looking for