Some would say I fell into photography. I say I was led to find something I was meant to find. I was a Sophomore in college studying theatre when a classmate of mine came up to me and said "Hey, Billy! I have an audition in a week and I have no headshot! Can you help me out?" I had always loved taking pictures and had received a snazzy SLR as a graduation present so we jumped into a light-filled dance studio and proceeded to play for an hour. The next thing I knew, I was able to quit my restaurant job as my newfound headshot business was paying my rent! Back then, I was charging a whopping $50 per session.
Cut to some years later. I am now fully digital and have acquired a few more skills in the art of "Making you look awesome." Still, my philosophy remains the same. Getting your pictures taken should be AFFORDABLE, STRESS-FREE and FUN! Clients often send me snapshots of themselves smiling at parties saying "I want my headshot to capture this!" We all look our best when we are comfortable enough to let our real personalities shine. I do my best to foster a working environment that feels more like a playground with a camera rather than a photo studio. I also do a lot of other things besides photography. I act, dance, direct, and produce. I feel each of these skills informs my photography. My first priority in working is to connect with my client. This makes it easier for my client to connect with the camera and in turn the person looking at the picture.
I could go on and on about this subject so if you'd like to learn more about how I work, feel free to contact me! I'd love to hear from you!
- Billy Bustamante