From working on both sides of the camera I know how important an actor’s headshot is. As a former actor, I am aware of how fast this business changes and what one agent may want, another casting director hates. I am also constantly researching and talking to agents and casting directors to find out what they are looking for in a headshot. I want your shots to be current, pop on line and serve YOU, the actor.
I have my MFA from the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program (PATP 2002) and I hold a B.F.A. in Fine Art — painting and drawing from Michigan State University. I moved to Los Angeles in ’02 to pursue acting and quickly picked up a camera.
I started shooting headshots in Los Angeles over 10 years ago right when the industry switched from black and white film to color digital. While pursuing my career as an actress, I had worked as an assistant and associate in a casting office where I had the experience of looking at thousands of headshots and sitting in on incredible auditions. I still love acting, although I am a full time photographer. I use my actor training to work with you during your session and help put you at ease. I approach your session as your scene partner, biggest cheerleader and team mate. There are no secrets during the session, you see the images and I am on your side in collaboration with you and your representatives.
It is important to me that you walk away feeling like you got the shots that you wanted. My goal is to create a safe, kind, creative, fun space for your best work and give you a final image that you can submit to an agent and casting director and know with confidence that you look like that picture and are representing yourself with truth to achieve whatever your next level is.
I have photographed famous people and brand new actors and I always approach the session with the same open heart, respect and excitement. I really love what I do. My photos have been featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, People Magazine, The New York Times and many other online publications.
I am also happy to answer any questions that you can’t find answered here so please email us and we will respond as soon as we can. The biggest reward is turning on the TV and watching the actors that came to me for headshots WORK.
I shoot with a Canon r5
P.S. - In August of 2013 Joanna Brooks was married to Vance DeGeneres and changed her name from Joanna Brooks to Joanna DeGeneres, so if you were looking for Joanna Brooks…you found her. Different last name, same awesome photographs and getting better every day.
Angelita is originally from Houston, TX but has been pursuing the industry both in LA and NYC since 2008. Her love of acting is rooted in a limitless curiosity and deep desire to further understand human behavior. She enjoys snacking, reading poetry, and cuddling with her cat, Jin (yes, as in the 'Lost' character). Angelita's also a big-time fan of running and hiking, usually followed by an epsom salt bath.
"I'm so thrilled to be a part of the team," said Angelita. "This is truly a dream job for me and I consider myself lucky to be working with Joanna. Not only is she damn good at her job, but she also genuinely enjoys the work she does, which makes working alongside her a pleasure."
Taters is a 32lb hypo-allergenic Labradoodle and joined the team in August of 2018. She has been an important and perfect addition to our studio’s dynamic. She will always welcome you and assist with stress or nerves by offering her belly for scratching, a couple of face or ankle licks, and may even bring you her toys. She enjoys performing tricks for treats and knows sit, paw, and roll over, high five, wave, spin and will do almost anything you ask for a bit of bacon. She’s here to make sure your session is absolutely paw-fect!