City of Angels Headshots' Laria Saunders and James Allen Duffy both come from families of artists, and are therefore ideally suited to accurately capture the character and beauty of performers, celebrities, and models. Within their spacious and welcoming loft, the passionate duo creates family portraits, acting reels, and headshots for rising male and female stars or red dwarfs ready to make a comeback. The crew also offers graphic-design services for business cards, social media, and flyers.
Saunders combines her extensive experience in portraiture and abstract photography with Duffy's tech-savvy retouching. Celebrity artist Jeffrey Paul remains on-hand to style hair and makeup for a desired look of professionalism or an unmistakable resemblance to Einstein. As the crew works, they employ green practices, using energy-saving equipment and environmentally friendly cleaning products.
In a time-lapse photograph, cars turn to blurs of movement as they zip along a highway. A lone helicopter jets through a sunset sky. An actor flaunts his high cheekbones in a tailored suit. In these photos and many others, photographer Joshua Michael Shelton turns everyday images into striking works of art. At his personal studio, he adds this knack for aesthetics to every image he snaps, whether it’s headshots, landscapes, fashion spreads, or the family portraits that remind parents how many kids they have. Shelton was inspired to pursue photography while working in a Chinese electronics factory, where he began taking photos to showcase the dynamic interplay between East and West in his neighborhood. Today, his shots continue to exhibit the same flair, thanks to his clothing, hairstyle, and posing recommendations.