Kirsten Lara Getchell Photography (Berkeley)

I started shooting headshots in Los Angeles back in the 90’s when many talented actors I knew were struggling to find a photographer who could capture compelling headshots that would them through talent agency and casting director doors. I picked up the camera and something just instinctively clicked. (No pun intended!). I knew I had found my niche.

Twenty-something years later, I’ve collaborated with countless actors and models – from aspiring newbies, to working actors, and celebrities – as well expanded my work to include professionals, businesses and a variety of others who seek headshots, portraiture and lifestyle images in what I consider to be my clean, less-is-more, authentic style.

I rely on my sense of humor and intuition to put you at ease and create a relaxed vibe during the shoot, so you will feel comfortable expressing yourself. My philosophy is simple: to capture moments that reveal your true essence and individuality – photographs that really look and feel like you – on a good day.

I relocated from the Hollywood Hills to the Berkeley Hills in 2009 to be with my now husband and stepdaughter, and currently offer sessions in and around my inviting natural light-filled West Berkeley studio in the renovated, historic Berkeley Kitchens Building. I am also available to shoot on location in the San Francisco Bay Area, and travel to Los Angeles and New York for shoots upon request. In my free time, I enjoy oil painting, cooking, vinyasa yoga, my silly yellow lab, and am an avid food and wine enthusiast. Learn More…