Hi, I am Sofia! You will usually see me with a camera around my neck and a smile on my face.
I love people, I love capturing people; their movement, emotion, intimacy and energy. I also love to get to know my clients and create photographs that reflect their own unique story.
Being a business owner and photographer for the last 14 years, I understand what professionals and clients are looking for. Your headshot is the first thing people see on your linkedin profile, twitter, and your own about page. How many times have you been called by a publication to offer expert advice and they want you to include a photo? How “expert” does that make you look when you send that dark, out of focus vacation photo because it is the only photo you have that looks good. My clients notice a big difference in the kinds of people who call them for proposals and jobs.
A former professional dancer and actress, I understand what casting agents and directors are looking for. Headshots are a cooperative effort. You as the actor need to understand what your “type” is, what parts you will actually get cast in; not what you wish you could play or the 85 year old woman you played in college. Unless, you are actually an 85 year old woman. I get to come in and make you have fun, relax and enjoy the process. I may also have a dirty joke or two but come prepared with a few of your own.
If you are still reading, here is even more about me:
I had been a dancer my whole life, dancing professionally for 7 years in New York and then touring all over North America and Europe. However, a dancer’s life is short and when it was time to stop, I really searched for something that I could be equally passionate about. I went back to school for theater (but I hated talking onstage) and kinesiology (but I didn’t care enough that my shin bone was connected to my femur bone!) One day my husband said, “What about photography? You get good pictures from the disposable cameras!” Ha ha… yes, I used to just use those paper things you get from CVS. So, I bought a used SLR film camera, a book about photography, and enrolled in a basic B/W photojournalism class. When I processed my first print in the darkroom, I had my “hallelujah moment.” I loved it!
Then, I ventured into the School of Hard Knocks. I called all of my dancer and actor friends and practiced on them. I assisted commercial photographers and worked with wedding photographers. My first wedding assisting job was on the beach and I had to carry a 50lb generator (half my weight) and a huge flight case full of equipment. I think it took me 30 minutes to get 2 blocks in the sand!
Now, I get to make photographs for dance companies, actors, and entrepreneurs. Clients include Philadelphia Opera Company, New York Philharmonic, Doug Varone, Rioult, Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus and many more. My photographs have been seen in Harper’s Bazaar, Tendu Magazine, Philadelphia Magazine, the Inquirer, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.