Scientists deny that technology can have desires, but Angela Cavanaugh’s equipment helped lure her into her profession. As a lifelong photographer, she’d always loved taking photos, but it wasn’t until she bought herself a prograde DSLR camera that she realized how deep her love ran. The ideas of directing a session, composing shots, adjusting the lighting, and retouching images in Photoshop thrilled her and activated her best talents, and she decided to turn her excitement into a career. She founded Images by Angela Cavanaugh and began snapping professional shots.
Since then, Angela has studied under other professionals and built up her portfolio. She now engages in all kinds of photography, from organizing commercial-model shoots and studio family portraits to taping her camera to an RC car and letting it capture what it will—namely ankles and some dark thing that looks like asphalt. But Angela spends much of her time taking headshots for actors and business folk.
Sultry stares, innocent smiles, and fiery looks characterize JD Photography’s subjects. Comprised of a two-person team, JD Photography provides aspiring entertainers and business professionals with head shots ideal for business cards, websites, and auditions. Packages include one, two, or three looks that photographers digitally enhance and professionally edit, with optional hair and makeup available. JD Photography also provides wardrobe consultation and can photograph children.
For more than 15 years, the photographers at LA Casting Photography have helped actors, musicians, and models catch the eyes of casting directors. They shoot headshots at outdoor locations, using natural light to highlight the performer's best features. They can also consult with clients on wardrobes for the shoots. Afterward, they touch up digital images until they're ready to send out to Hollywood big shots.
It's a big leap from the bustle of an athletic field to the solitude of a darkroom, but Calumet Photographic made the transition seamlessly more than 70 years ago. From its origins as a Chicago sporting-goods store, the company evolved into a one-stop shop for cameras and darkroom equipment and eventually into an innovator of photographic technology. In the 1960s, Calumet's most brilliant minds were behind the development of the Caltar large-format-lens line and nitrogen burst film.
Today, Calumet Photographic continues to manufacture and sell professional photographic products and software across the globe, boasting more than 25 retail stores throughout the US and Europe. Their shops abound with both new and used high-quality cameras and equipment, rental gear, and knowledgeable technicians eager to help customers find the right equipment for the job. The company’s extensive online catalog enables shoppers to purchase equipment from around the world and have it shipped directly to their home, studio, or mall photo booth they’ve claimed as a studio.
Yuen Lui Studio, a family-owned photography business specializing in individual and family portraits and wedding photography, creates visual heirlooms in a tradition of quality it has upheld since 1947. With several area studios available, each boasts a multitude of backdrop options for portraiture sessions, or photographers may take sessions outdoors to add natural scenery to the frame. Wedding and engagement shots come to life under the careful eyes of each photographer as they seize rare moments and trap them in frames to be displayed like trophies from a hunt. High-school, child, baby, and family portraits keep precious memories locked in time for clients, who can peruse an online gallery of their images after their session.
From its humble beginnings as a one-van commercial transportation service for photographers, Quixote has grown into a full-service production studio in two short decades. Founded and nurtured by LA natives and UCLA grads Mikel Elliott and Jordan Kitaen, Quixote now supplies the entertainment and advertising industries with facilities, equipment, vehicles, and whatever else they may need to get the job done. They recently pumped $1 million into their production-supplies department, allowing them to supply jobs with crucial gear such as iPhones and 4G WiFi boxes so that directors need not summon starlets from their trailers via tin-can phone.