Yeah.. So.. That heat wave last week was brutal!
This week is much better but still, it's warm and shooting photos when you're feeling hot and sticky is not fun.
I'd rather go to the beach or take a siesta! :D
And the thing is... Right now...
Summer is a great time to get things done!
For actors, it's really important!
Commercials are going to pick up soon!
And casting for episodic television
will be in full swing!
You know what is fun..?
Shooting in the cool cool breeze of the evening!
And shooting in the cool cool breeze of the evening with me!
Yeah! Let's shoot photos and have some FUN!
I am booking shoots at night in my white box studio.
We usually shoot from 7:00 - 9:00 pm or 8:00 to 10:00 pm. And ...Omg! It's...So much better!
Here are some samples of Actor headshots, creative portraits for social media and fashion portraits that look great and we shot it all at night!
A couple of these pics ..were shot outside at night!
Fantastic Ambience! And easy shoot location. Just a mile away from my studio
and they are GREAT theatrical shots!
For models and creative people they're great fashion portraits and creative portraits for social media and your book!
" LOVE The STAR QUALITY of the PHOTOS & GREAT Value!" - Tom Jenkins, Criminal Minds, Versace, Days of Our Lives
" LOVE LOVE my photos!" - Vanessa Giselle
" NOT LONG AFTER MY PHOTOS WENT UP ON SERVICES... I BOOKED MY FIRST COMMERCIAL"
- SEAN LUCERO
" BOOKED OVER 10 NATIONAL SPOTS!"
- Theo Clark
So.. Let's shoot! I have a SPECIAL price for the first 10 people who BOOK a shoot!
323 854 0007 -
Call direct & book now!
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Meet my friend Satish Dholaki.
Over ten years ago I was looking for a teacher not a guru.
A mentor. A shrink. An NLP practitioner. A psychic. A healer. And a true friend.
I found all of that in Satish and I’m truly thankful!
Yep. Holistic solutions for Realistic challenges. (I borrowed that from Satish’s website.)
It’s taken me some time to write about Satish. I mean... This blog post simply scratches the surface.
But I wanted to share about his healing because he truly helps people!
And now.. I think more than ever before we ALL need help and healing.
So.. I'll give you a little background.
Satish is an energy healer. A master NLP practitioner.
A Clairvoyant and Clairaudient since a child and a great listener.
Born and raised in Mumbai, India. Satish was a natural born healer and at the age of eight years old would meet with his neighbours and other people in the surrounding villages and work with them.
Later as a young adult Satish started a healing school that interesting enough… taught metaphysics and mathematics and it was widely received.
In 1991 Satish founded Inner Cosmos in Mumbai, India and has travelled the globe teaching and healing ever since.
One of the things I love about Satish is that he’s not bound to any traditions or philosophies.
He instead shares his abilities and wisdom with an open heart.
I have been for healing sessions for physical issues ( a recent visit was due to an overzealous ride on my gyms vibration machine that threw my body out of whack) to working on spiritual and psychological issues as well.
Satish taught me to balance chakras and to meditate. Which is huge. I remember I would ask about the breath work , “ It can’t be that simple Satish?!”. He would just smile and say.. It is. And it’s very powerful healing.
If I could sit with Satish every day I would. It would be an honour.
He is full of beautiful energy and wisdom.
And he has helped me in all areas of my life.
And yes, here is a portrait I shot of Satish. During the session he would constantly change and direct his energy in such a beautiful way and it was so interesting to watch.
We ALL do this. We all move our energy when we are the subject of a still camera or video session. So fascinating.
If you are curious for more information.
Satish is available for private sessions ( very reasonable $) and he also teaches healing workshops that are wonderful!
Based in Los Angeles, Satish.. As I mentioned travels the world (Japan, Germany, London , South America. San Francisco to name a few) so if you are not in Los Angeles you can inquire about his upcoming schedule.
And when you meet Satish you will be blessed with his kindness!
And I’m so happy for you!
Because that is such a beautiful thing!
WEBSITE : https://www.chakramagic.com/
All my best!
New fashion portraits!
It's the 80's meets Bianca Jagger meets Studio 54 meets BohoChic model backstage in another world & place.
And when you look at the styling... It's a piece of red cellophane, accessories and good hair and make-up! Shot in a studio, the round thing you see is an older version of a ring light.
Instead of shooting through the ring light clean, I used it as a prop and worked it into some of the photos and shot from different angles.
The model is great. She really gave me a lot of moments. Silent acting is what good models do!
I got so into what we were shooting that I forgot to ask for JOY! Usually... I always try and get at least a couple joy and happiness shots!
These photos were shot in color and I added black and white into the mix via Lightroom.
I LOVED shooting these pics! I want to do it again!
Who's up for a shoot?!
All my best!
Can hair help an #actor book more work?
Yes. Yes, it can!
Meet Madonna Magee.
A beautiful actress with acting in her blood.
Now.. I LOVE to create looks and transformations. I love to style looks.
And I love to create new ways to market people and products and in this instance...
Madonna the Actress.
Madonna has super fine hair and I can relate. So do I.
So..The first thing I did was talk about hair with Madonna and how she could have a BIG range if she got some clip in extensions or wigs.
And what hair styles would work for her!
Some folks love working with wigs, while others really enjoy playing with clip in extensions.
Madonna's BEFORE shot is a nice straight forward headshot.
You can see in the first before / after what a HUGE difference HAIR makes!
Now Madonna has options!
And so.. Madonna and I discussed hair styles ( braids, layered look, short, long etc.) and then I set Madonna up with one of my lovely & talented make-up artists who accompanies clients to the hair shop and helps them try on wigs and extensions.
Clients also enjoy a nice discount on whatever they order through my mu artist!
Check out these braid looks! Love them! And... They've been getting her AUDITIONS!
Then we went over wardrobe and I worked with Madonna with styling a wardrobe and hair look for each specific category that the agent had requested. Madonna is repped for commercials by Hugh Leon at Coast To Coast and ... Hugh the agent requests many specific looks so the agency can submit on the nuance of the casting.
It's a lot of work and planning but worth it to see the end result!
AND... We also got many theatrical ( film / television) looks too!
Which makes it a successful shoot!
We did the work and created range and options for Madonna.
We got shots that show many different nuances and characters
so Madonna and her Manager and agents can submit on a variety of different
roles in ALL markets, commercial / theatrical and print.
And... We had fun doing it!
AND... Lol.. Last "And" but it's a good one, AND... Photos are working
and Madonna is getting auditions!
So... Ah yeah.
Hair can make a HUGE difference!
Yep. Really! #Actor, #writer Chris Hill has booked 100 commercials!
I've shot Chris's headshots. Even in the beginning when he was a wee lad & first getting started ( about 10 years ago) on up to now. We just shot all his new stuff!
Check out his commercial reel: https://youtu.be/gsOAa4M-XmE
Chris is represented for Commercial / V.O. by Coast To Coast Talent Group in Los Angeles
Chris is a classically trained actor. He sings. He writes. He does improv and sketch comedy. And in his new half-hour pilot that he wrote and stars in.. He's a damn good straight man too!
But.. That being said. This is really who Chris is and why he's so much fun to work with!
He's a GREAT Host too. Check out this mucho excellent hosting reel https://youtu.be/pRURCN8uK3U that was a self-submit and of course..He BOOKED IT!
Chris has a natural way of relating to the camera.
He's a genius at it.
And.. I know Chris has Chuckie Cheese fan's out there.. Who know him as Mr. Munch! Here are a couple of outtakes representing. :)
Check it.. Chris's, Voice over reel. : https://youtu.be/r35fX2PUUJg
This photo is not a "headshot" so don't get it twisted but it is a sweet portrait of the guy from North Carolina.
This is what Chris and I call Frank Peterson as Yoga Ted. Styling by me, KST. :) So.. Next time you go to yoga class let that little diddy run through your mind.. " You're not too fat for yo-gaAAA! You're not too fat for yoga !"
Head shot of Yoga Ted.
So.. I hope you enjoyed this little blog post about one of my favorite people in this big wide world, Chris Hill.
I'll leave you with a little video of Chris as
Marty Golden Gold!
Thank you mucho for checking out my ninja blog! -Keli :D
#Actorslife Kid #Headshots + Family Portrait = Great Deal!
Last chance to get in on my kid headshot special!
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While I was in New York a couple weeks ago, I shot photos of a super cool cat! And a really kind & lovely person to boot, Walid Chaya.
Photo below. He has kind eyes!
Walid is not only a great actor ( repped by Circle Talent & Abrams Artists) Walid is also the Program Director of kids and teen actors workshops for the Actor Connection in New York and I can understand why!
They do some GREAT stuff at the ActorConnection in NYC!
I was really impressed!
And coming soon is THE ULTIMATE DREAM CAMP for YOUNG ACTORS!
Los Angeles PERFORMING ARTS SUMMER CAMP with
14 Casting Directors, Agents and Film & TV Stars this JULY 25th -29th
LINK TO SIGN UP!
And.. If you sign up NOW,
Save $100 off with Early Bird Special!
DISCOUNT CODE : EARLYBIRD
AND.. If you're a young Actor in L.A.
RIGHT NOW until MAY 5th!
I AM offering a KID HEADSHOT SPECIAL - $250 - TWO LOOKS! #YAYYYYYYYYYY #KIDHEADSHOT #SPECIAL includes wardrobe consult & one retouched photo! CALL NOW TO BOOK : 323 854 0007
OKAY.. SO WHAT IS THIS Meditate Create Appreciate on my web site?
Well.. It's my mantra. It only took me ten flippin years to figure out the very simple practice of meditation and now I meditate every day without fail. Even if it's just for seven minutes. It gives me an inner strength and calm that has made a big difference in my life!
And it's super simple to do!
Start with closing your eyes and just follow your breath. You can say in your mind breathing in ..Breathing out..Breathing in..Breathing out. Thoughts will come up. Let them go & bring your attention back to your breath.
Sound boring & mundane?
Well.. I'm here to tell you.. It's magical!
You'll forget what you were worried about. And it also gives your mind a rest
from all of those constant thoughts that we have during the day. All day long!
And that's HUGE! And so good for your mind!
And over the new couple of weeks, you will feel that inner strength developing & you'll feel calmer and stronger!
If you like to meditate with sound and you like to set a timer, the app. I use is called : Meditation and Relaxation. Here's the app. Info. You can find it in apple AND google stores.
I do pay $2.99 a month for access to the single sessions.
Just open app. Click on single sessions and then I click on Minimal Guidance. From there depending on how much time I have.. I will either do a quick 7 mins. if there's no time and this is one I usually do before a meeting or a photo shoot. Or there is 14 mins. And 21 mins. when you have time. It has some sound/music and just a minimal voice guidance that checks in halfway.
It's my go-to mediation app!
If you find music and sound distracting..Then just set an alarm on your phone and sit in peace & quiet and enjoy! You may start to enjoy your meditation time so much.. That for me when I have a day to myself... I will sit for an hour and meditate. And..I always feel better afterwards! Guaranteed!
Okay.. So... It's Meditate Create Appreciate
The creative part for me is when I shoot! I lose myself in what I'm doing!
I could be having a crappy day.. Like everyone.. I've had some tough moments that I had to work through.. But when I'm there with a client ..Everything else takes a backseat! I'm so focused on what I'm doing that I forget everything else and I get into the moment of creating moments!
I lose myself in perspective. I work with the energy around me. In front of me. And I create.
Just like when you were a child. You would lose yourself in the world of play!
And.. It really elevates your mood! There is such a FUN satisfaction to creating in the moment and then looking at the moments in the camera... There's nothing like it! And I am able to do it every time! Even in difficult situations. The magic is still there at your fingertips to create something wonderful & special!
Whether you're a photographer, an actor, artist, musician whatever it is that you do.. To lose yourself in the moment is key!
Okay.. Lastly, what's the Appreciate about? Right?! It's Meditate Create Appreciate.
Well.. I'm sure you've heard of it. It's the practice of gratitude. It's also the practice of shifting your focus to the positives in your life! And ..Let me tell ya.. This is not always easy to do! We so often are not aware of how much we worry! Thus .. By worrying we are focussing on the negatives.
And.. By doing that my loves.. Only brings more of THAT energy to you! So.. To break that cycle I keep a running list of things I appreciate and I'm grateful for so my focus is on those things!
You can just keep a daily list or if you want something more interactive there is a great app. I use called : 365 Gratitude Journal
It gives you writing exercises that get you more involved in the practice of gratitude. It's a cool little app. that will keep your interest!
And.. There it is!
Meditate = building inner strength and calm.
Create: Focus in the moment of play = Create. Lose yourself in the moment!
Appreciate: Shift your focus to all of the people and the little & big things that you're grateful for!
This is the simple practice of my life & it's given me strength and joy and all kinds of good stuff!
I wish for you all good stuff in your life!
Just to fill in a little history here.. I am a Los Angeles Photographer but I have shot headshots of #NYACTORS and my photos have worked so well for my NYC clients that.. They couldn't make it out to L.A. this time and with scheduling etc. They are flying me out there to NYC!
I AM EXCITED! YAYYYYYY!
So..I will be in NYC, Manhattan next week March 20th - 26th shooting #headshots
There are three shoots available. One on the 23rd, one on the 24th, and the 25th. And we may add one shoot time on 24th & 25th!
The deal is two looks, two retouched photos $350 and includes a pre-shoot wardrobe & marketing consult! Super helpful & ($150 value!)
* Forgot to add... We can shoot COMMERCIAL or THEATRICAL legit shots AND, YES! We can shoot BOTH!
If you are interested in shooting, CALL NOW!
So we can discuss your marketing!
And if you’re looking for representation etc. in the NYC, LA or Atlanta markets!
We discuss your wardrobe and what to bring for each look that will RANGE out & cover other looks! And what’s best to market YOU!
I create images that help get YOU BOOKED!
And I care!
And that's why.. I like to discuss you & look at your marketing & reel too!
Please email me your web site link ( if you have one) or a link to your reel and current headshot / resume to : KSTCREATIVE@gmail.com and which date you are interested in booking and if you would like morning or afternoon!
A $50 deposit is required to reserve your shoot!
I have over 20 years experience in the industry & as a photographer my client's BOOK in ALL markets!
We have FUN on my shoots too! You’ll feel comfortable, get time, industry expertise, a lot of great nuanced shots that look like you and show your personality and give you RANGE!
If the weather is cold we will be shooting at the Actors Connection in Manhattan with natural & studio light! Call Now 323 854 0007 for more info & to BOOK! Thank you mucho & I hope to see you in New York! - Keli :D
NOTE: If you call me during the day on Tuesday the 20th , I will be flying!
So.. Please call after
4:00 pm! ( east coast)
Thank you mucho!
WOW! Happy Holidays & A Happy New Year!
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currently using and an updated resume and reel (s) on your web site or IMDB then please includes links to your profiles on LA casting and Actors Access. I will need to see your marketing materials ( photos, resume and reel) to discuss your career and the best strategy for you!
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Growing up I LOVED Woody Allen! Annie Hall, still one of my favorite films. Manhattan. Hannah & Her Sisters, Crimes & Misdemeanors My favorite films always have Woody Allen in them. It's funny.. I think of Louis C.K. as a sort of modern day Woody Allen. At any rate I stumbled across this interview with Woody Allen and I thought it was interesting. He talks about making films now and shooting in London, story, writing, actors etc. Making a musical movie for people who don't sing and dance. And ..He's still funny and you know.. Woody Allen. Enjoy!
Looking for a good movie to escape in? Relax & check out the 11 must see flicks of 2017!
Click on LINK to read article: http://entertainment.ie/cinema/news/11-Movies-You-Need-To-See-Before-The-End-of-2017/394639.htm?related=1
We recently shot an alternate movie cover for Coffin 2.
Pretty fun. One of the actors and producers on the film, Scott Hamm got to hold a prop gun and wear a tight black t-shirt. Lol..
I like these kind of shoots because you get to act. Actually ..I encourage actors to act in their head shot / portrait sessions and I can always tell if a client has dropped it or no longer in the moment. I bust you! Haha.. It's true. Ask any of my clients. As a result.. You get better pictures!
Getting back to Coffin:2. It's really good. Takes you on a fun ride!
You may have see the original "Coffin" with Kevin Sorbo and this is the sequel.
Look for it on Amazon, Red Box coming soon!
Check out the promo here:
Did you see the really cool, really funny Burger King spot starring Jon Heder & Efren Ramirez ? !
WOOO HOOOO !!! Efren Ramirez has a big comedy movie premiering January 12th 2017 on CRACKLE "Mad Families" starring Efren , Charlie Sheen, Leah Remini, Charlotte McKinney and a whole bunch of other funny great talented actors! It's what happens when you stick three different families in one campsite over Fourth of July weekend! You can stream it for free on Crackle! IMDB article : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6086080/news?ref_=tt_nwr_2#ni60632553
WOOO HOOO !!! Hey, why do I always say WOO HOO ?! Anyway, Efren Ramirez has a BIG BOOKING it's a series reg. role on the new Rod Lurie drama for TNT " Monsters Of God".
I have shot Efren and I can tell you that he is a deeply talented actor! Bet we will see some incredible work from Efren on this new series! Congrats!