Las Vegas – March 19 & 20, 2014

I will be shooting for the Model & Talent Experts again this month!  It is almost full – but if you’d like to book – please book via Amber – Model and Talent Experts!

Also, Kaz will be teaching the on-camera acting class on Wed. night.

To reserve your spot – log on www.actinLA.com. 

I will be there, too!  So come out!

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Instagram!

Here’s Link to my instagram page:

Instagram

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ANIMALS! Production Stills

Men Are Pigs - by Randy Gross

 

Men Are Pigs by Randy Gross

 

Rusty Goes to the Vet by Frederick Stoppel

 

Building a Better Bordello by Felix Racelis

 

Blindman's Bluff by Steven Korbar

 

Blindman's Bluff by Steven Korbar

You're Not Walking by Chris Widney

 

Avery by Roy Battocchio

Avery by Roy Battaocchio

MOCKINGBIRD

The Gospel According to Bowser

The Gospel According to Bowser

 

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Everything is beautiful … NOT!

In the 1960s, Ray Stevens wrote a song titled “Everything Is Beautiful” and it won him a grammy. Perhaps it was the idealism of those times or maybe a personal philosophy that gave birth to this song. It starts out with children singing “Jesus Loves the Little Children”, a song I remember singing in church when I was a child.
“Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red and yellow, black and white
They are precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world”

Like Disney’s “It’s a Small World”, this song has a worm like infectious tune that rolls around in your brain like a marble in a barrel. A child, once he has learned this song, will hum it, whistle it, and sing it until adult ears bleed. Not only is the tune contagious, the lyrics are ideal and Pollyanna to the point of near myopic blindness.
After one chorus of “Jesus Loves the Little Children”, Mr. Stevens’ song moves into his “Everything Is Beautiful, in It’s Own Way” mantra.
The notion he puts forth in this song is that everyone and everything is beautiful in it’s own way. That if we CHOOSE to see the good, choose to find the positive, and choose to open our hearts to love, then …”the World’s gonna find a way”.

The first thing I want to say is, whatever you do, DON’T listen to this song on YouTube or anywhere else because it will stick in your head. In less than an hour you will be begging for some Beatles, the Who, or a good dose of Led Zeppelin.
But beyond that, I have a bit of a dilemma. I am embarrassed to admit, I actually agree with Mr. Stevens… in theory. I truly WISH it was that way. I WANT to believe the best of people. I WISH the world would live in love. Personally, I choose to live my life that way. I choose to believe the best of people, trust people, and see the best in them … BUT… at 62 years of age I can say it’s not only incorrect, it’s dangerous to walk through life with rose colored glasses.
I have had people steal from me, cheat me, and deceive me in many ways, but I STILL choose to believe the best. I choose to be this way because I cannot live my life in paranoid, bitter, and angry resentment for the few times that people have chosen to be dishonest, deceitful, or deceptive.
As the old saying goes, I can’t allow “one bad apple to spoil the whole bunch” for me. I love life. I love people. I am happy when I see generosity in the world such as the relief efforts for the tsunami in Japan. I am happy when I see a child share a toy.

“Everything Is Beautiful in It’s Own Way” is an ideal I wish were true, but when I go downtown Los Angeles, I won’t leave valuables in my car and I won’t leave it unlocked. What I WILL do, is be the best person I can to everyone I meet. I will try to add something good to the world. And through personal experience, I now have a fairly perceptive filter on who to trust.

The way I see it, not everything is beautiful in the world, but I can add my small part to what is beautiful and I can revel in all the beauty around me. People who refuse to love again because of having experienced heartbreak, are protecting and empty house. Love will teach us freedom and experience will teach us discretion.

Now if only I could get that stupid song out of my head. I’m going on YouTube and look for “Stairway to Heaven”!!! Yeah… gimme some Led Zeppelin

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Squi’s Halloween 2013

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7 Deadly Scenes – Stills

Los Angeles Actors Headshot Photograper Michael Helms

7 Deadly Scenes - Circle by Steven Korbar

Los Angeles Actors Headshot Photograper Michael Helms

7 Deadly Scenes - Circle by Steven Korbar

Los Angeles Actors Headshot Photograper Michael Helms

7 Deadly Scenes - Beautiful Sacrifice by Kay Poiro

Los Angeles Actors Headshot Photograper Michael Helms

7 Deadly Scenes - Black and Decker by Jason Aaron Goldberg

Los Angeles Actors Headshot Photograper Michael Helms

7 Deadly Scenes - Re-play-By Felix Racelis

Los Angeles Actors Headshot Photograper Michael Helms

7 Deadly Scenes - Mr. Liu by Susan Cinoman

Los Angeles Actors Headshot Photograper Michael Helms

7 Deadly Scenes - Misfortune by Mark Harvey Levine

Los Angeles Actors Headshot Photograper Michael Helms

7 Deadly Scenes - 7 Eleven Buddies -

Los Angeles Actors Headshot Photograper Michael Helms

Out take ... Warren vs. Schno

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Squicken’s Peaceful Demonstration

With the Federal government shut down last month, Squicken, decided to launch a one toddler peaceful protest.  He dressed as homeless to protest the shut down of the WIC program during the two weeks that children couldn’t get food and formula.

Los Angeles Photographer Michael Helms

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Headshot Photography Workshop 2014

Special Intensive Weekend Workshop:

Saturday,  February 15
Sunday, February 16
(9 AM to 5 PM)

Summer: Aug. 2 & 3

SIX students only

Saturday, 9 AM to 12 noon – Introduction
Saturday, 1 PM to 5 PM – Basic

Sunday, 9 AM to 12 noon – Intermediate
Sunday, 1 PM to 5 PM – “Starting up as a business” / Special Guests

Two Days for $350 (Refresher $175)

Individual Workshop:
Introduction $120
Basic: $150
Intermediate: $200
Seminar: “Starting up your photography business”: $120

Question? email

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Trying a new “method”….

 

Shooting head shots for actors in Los Angeles for over 35 years has brought a host of experience my way.  Just when I think I’ve seen everything, some wacky actor comes up with a whole new weirdness.

I once had an actor walk over and touch my forehead with her index finger and inform me that she had to “get in touch with my third eye” before we could shoot. I was just glad she didn’t stick her finger in either of the other two eyes.

This last decade has brought a wave of “Method Actors” that feel compelled to get in touch with their deep feelings before they can smile for a commercial shot. Any photo seems to come with a period of time where they stare at the floor and dig up piles of past crap so they can emote.

While I think this is a big fat waste of time and energy, I nevertheless, just hang out by my camera waiting for them to make their magic so I can take a photo.

Here’s a video of one such actor. He’s kind of new at this, but I think he has talent. He seemed to lose it at the very last second though and took it out on his cell phone.

 

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Headshot Photography Workshop -

Special Intensive Weekend Workshop:

Saturday, September 14 -
Sunday, September 15 -
(9 AM to 5 PM)

Saturday, 9 AM to 12 noon – Introduction
Saturday, 1 PM to 5 PM – Basic 

Sunday, 9 AM to 12 noon – Intermediate
Sunday, 1 PM to 5 PM – “Starting up as a business” / Special Guests

Two Days for $350

Individual Workshop:
Introduction $120
Basic: $150
Intermediate: $200
Seminar: “Starting up your photography business”: $120

Question?  email

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