Mimi Baranova

Amazing photographer. Wonderful man. I just had my photo shoot with Alan and I have to say, I’ve never had a photographer be so detail-oriented, so dedicated, so committed to his work. He spent a lot of time with me, more than other photographers have, to take beautiful photos, and even went out of his way to take a few final shots of me after we had wrapped, because the natural light on my face was “perfect” and he wanted to capture me at that exact moment. So dedicated and full of energy, and so warm, approachable, funny, genuine, humble. He has photographed many celebrities and is a far cry from the typical Los Angeles narcissistic photographers I have met. The hair and makeup artist, Jeffrey, was amazing too, he had me looking my best but still natural. I felt like Alan and I had known each other for years and we had just met. I highly recommend.

Ahmed El Hefny

I went to Alan to get my headshots taken, and it was an incredible experience. He is so welcoming and warm, made me feel extremely comfortable throughout the shoot, and it was just a lot of fun. His studio manager Morgan, was also really helpful and accommodating to all my questions and concerns, before, during, and after the shoot. The pictures I took turned out great, but more importantly, it was such a pleasant experience, I’ll definitely be going again when I need newer headshots. Quality guy and a very talented photographer!



Azucena de España! – Testimonial

Alan, A stands for amazing person and amazing photographer, L for lively, loving and luminous,A stands for amusing and awesome and N stands for nifty.  Thank you so much for catching my essence. You are so caring. I love these headshots. I am sure they will bring me a lot of work.  Cheers! Azucena De La Fuente Image

Behind the Scenes: Film Noir/Boudoir with the Lovely Jennifer Korbin

What is it that makes a woman desirable? Is it her pink-stained pout? Or the perfume that lingers from her décolletage, reminiscent of an unforgettable night spent together in the dark corner of a smokey cafe?  Maybe that’s something we could ask Jennifer Korbin, our muse and model for our recent Film Noir Boudoir photo shoot.

Picasso once said that women are either “goddesses or doormats,” a statement which is certainly debatable, but intriguing nonetheless.  What is not debatable, is that the women of Film Noir are true goddesses.  Take a peek at the behind-the-scenes images from our session and let your imagination run wild!

Hair, makeup, wardrobe, and set-design were all done by our extremely talented colleague, Betty Kennedy.










Commercial vs. Theatrical Headshots


Three headshots, same girl. One is  Commercial, one is for Commercial Print, and the final one is Theatrical.  But what does that even mean??

Headshots can be nerve-wracking for some people, especially for those who are new in the acting world and are getting shots for the first time.  Here at the Alan Weissman studio, we try to make your experience as easy and as enjoyable as possible because we know how important these images are for you.  If you’re having fun and are relaxed, your images will reflect that.

After talking to some of our clients, old and new, we thought it might be great to post some info/advice on the difference between a Commercial and Theatrical headshot.  Aspiring actors, when first getting their feet wet in the acting realm, get these two different types of shots.  What’s the difference?


What it’s for: Commercials & Sitcoms.

In these types of shots, your goal is to look approachable and smile! Not the cheesy, get-the-camera-out-of-my-face kind of smile, but the kind that looks like your everyday girl/boy next door.  Think about the people you see in commercials and on shows like Modern Family.  They look like people you’d see everyday.  They are the people who brush their teeth with Colgate, like you.  They drive the affordable and reliable car that you’ve been looking for.  That’s who you want to look like.

Commercial Print shots are similar to the traditional Commercial headshot, but you may see more of the body in a lifestyle setting.  In the traditional Commercial or Theatrical headshot, you would not necessarily  see hands or jewelry, but the guideline are a little more flexible when it comes to Commercial Print images.

For these shots, you want to wear soft or bright colors that reflect a commercial look.  For example, think of the Gap or J. Crew ads.  Avoid prints and patterns because ultimately, the focus should be on you and not the distracting print.


What it’s for: Plays, TV, Film

Some might use the word “serious” to describe the Theatrical shot, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. The goal is to still be approachable, without smiling.

Another option for the Theatrical look, which is one of Alan’s favorites, is to have some fun and go for an edgier look, which can be sexy, dramatic, or both!  It’s not your traditional headshot, but serves as a third look.  One of Alan’s favorite things to do is to make you look like a working actor by lighting you differently than he would if it were a Commercial or Theatrical shot.

Ultimately, these shots are all about conveying your personality and your essence through your expressions.  These images have to be real and honest, a goal that we help you reach.

Contact us for more information!  We would love to help you with your first or next headshot session!


Music to our ears… Album Cover w/ MacLear & Quinn

Music to our ears... Mac Lear & Quinn

Fall is slowly setting in, but the heat has not yet left us. So if you’re yearning for those Sweet Summer Days, look no further than the recently released music by MacLear & Quinn. We had the pleasure of photographing these two talented musicians and were excited to see that this image made their album cover! To hear a clip of their hit song, check them out here: http://www.reverbnation.com/tommaclear. Enjoy! 🙂

Cesar Millan–Dog Whisperer

I photographed Cesar for the cover of the book below, Be the Pack Leader.  This picture was taken three weeks before my beloved dog Rex passed away.  Cesar knew that the time for Rex to go to doggie heaven was coming soon.   He was kind enough to pull Lafit out of the television show after a two year run, to become my new best friend.  Lafit is the Doodle on the right and still has that smile! As many of you know, Lafit is my right hand man for all the photo shoots.  Lafit wants all of you to book a session today!