Contributed by: Barbara Beneville
1. What services do you offer?
Almost 85 percent of my work comes from headshots, portraits, lifestyle, and commercial photography. I have been fortunate to have experienced longevity with my clients that have carried over into engagement, wedding, newborn, and family photos. Most recently have shot photography/key art for film and theatre. I also do all the hair and makeup for my clients as well. Accountability is key and my work is guaranteed.
2. What makes your work a stand out in the Southeast?
Having been in the industry for over 30 plus years working as a performer has given me great insight of what is needed in a headshot. Whoever you are, novice or star, NY to LA., the standard of my work remains the same, top level. When I first started shooting some 20 plus years ago, my goal was to become the photographer I wanted to go to. Trust, collaboration, and enjoying the experience is key. Barbara’s headshots breathe. (A description of my photos from the head of HBO).
3. What is the best backdrop or shoot location for you?
I love what natural light does for the eyes however, I also use studio and other lighting to create new moods and effects. I am always adding new textures and backgrounds to highlight the direction of where we are going with each individual client. I am blessed with a wonderful home studio that makes shooting relaxed and convenient.
4. What do actors need to do to make a really great headshot?
Number one is trusting the photographer you select and being prepared. I offer a consultation, phone call, or coffee meeting to discuss where you are at in your career and what you are looking to achieve. Referrals make up most of my sessions here and in Los Angeles. My last session is my next calling card.
5. How long have you been operating?
I fell into shooting some 20 plus years ago while working on the Paramount lot as an actress. The publicity department was in a meeting agonizing over the fact that 4 well known photographers missed the mark on the star’s publicity shots. While the shot was being passed around and they were ordering yet another photoshoot I mentioned whoever they get this time - they needed to capture the star’s heart and the designer clothes were unimportant. After another failed shoot, I grabbed a couple of rolls of film and sat him down and photographed him. My first shots ended up on the cover of the LA and NY Calendar Magazine…and my photo journey began. I have also had the privilege of shooting for a few of the top entertainment publicity firms in LA.
6. How do I find you?
You can find me at www.benvilphotography.com
Also on Facebook - benvil photography
Or call 323-969-4944 VM