Journey On

I don’t think I’m going too far out on a limb when I say that fewer things shape your life more than discovering your passion. I found mine when I was about 14 years old, playing Poopsie in my high school production of “The Pajama Game.” From that moment on, I threw myself into musical theatre with absolute abandon, and it fed my soul for many, many years. Even now, on those rare occasions that I have the opportunity to perform, I experience a thrill that reminds me who I am.

As I got older, roles became scarcer (“and that’s showbiz, kid!”), and I found I needed a new creative outlet. So I turned to the camera, and it quickly became my new obsession. To be honest, I was more interested in Photoshop than actual photography, but I needed to learn how to capture the shot before I could manipulate it. I spent hundreds of happy hours reading and experimenting. I loved taking everyday objects and giving them a new perspective. I also found that I had a pretty good eye and a special connection with people through the lens of the camera. And since I had so many actor friends, and actors need headshots, it became my perfect side gig. For more than ten years it gave me the chance to stay connected to the theatre community that I loved so much, to spend one-on-one time with my friends, and to meet so many of the younger actors that will become the new stars of our Richmond stages and beyond.

But as sometimes happens, my well-loved hobby has now begun to feel like a job. I miss the days of going out to take photos just for the fun of it – doing theatre calendars and all of those crazy projects with Audra Honaker.

So, I’m giving the business a break. I may get back to it some day – and I may not. It might end up being something completely different. I’m not putting down the camera, but rather going on a journey to discover the joy I once found behind the lens. I already have some ideas!

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Headshots: Richmond, VA – Session of the Week

Meet Angelina. She’s a sophomore at Appomattox Regional Governor’s School and a member of the TRAIN program at Virginia Rep. It was really cold outside this afternoon, so this nice warm sweater that her mom just happened to have in the car was a God-send! Angelina really rocked the green!

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I’ve Made a Mess

I was having some problems with my proofing gallery, so I added a plug-in that isn’t working. I upgraded my web theme thinking that might help, but it didn’t. Hopefully I’ll get it fixed soon. In the meantime, I think everything is here. It’s just a mess.

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Headshots

It’s been ages since I posted anything, so I thought I better put something up here so you don’t think I’ve quit the biz! Here are some of my latest victims.

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  • Davon Smith - i want to schedule a actors headshot photoshoot with you . my number is 8042928035 call or text will be fine thanks

  • Lauren - I’d like to schedule some head shots for my 14 year old daughter.  Please email or call me to coordinate.  Cell # is 804-539-4112.  Availability is 6/11, 6/14, 6/15, 6/18 and 6/22.  Thanks!  

Shooting Actors in the Alley

My specialty – or at least most of my work – is shooting headshots for actors, and my favorite spot is the alley behind the November Theatre (formerly known as The Empire).  My first session there wasn’t really a session, but more of an experiment with then 16 year old Chase Kniffen, who is now the Associate Artistic Director.  I call it my studio.  So do a lot of the folks who work there, and I love that I get to see them going to and from their shows.

I’m thinking about getting t-shirts made with my logo on it that say “I Was Shot in the Alley.”  Here are some of my recent victims.

 

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  • Mariea Terrell - Hi!

    I’m interested in getting my headshots done and would like to know your prices and how quickly they could be available after shooting with you. Thanks in advance for your time.

    Cheers,
    Mariea

  • Suzanne Villani - I am interested in getting headshot type photos for my son, Wright. He is special needs and applying to a program at Clemson University called ClemsonLIFE and a similar program at George Mason University called MasonLIFE. I got your name from Virginia Villani. You worked with her a couple of years ago when she was applying to college and we thought you were fabulous.
    Thank you.

  • Victoria Mass - Hi Robyn! I was referred to you by Joe Klaunberg. I see that you awesome head shots! I would like to know what your prices are please. I’m a beginning actor who’d like to get some photos done and hopefully land some auditions.

  • Nikki Johnson - Hi…I’m looking for info/quotes for headshots for my 10 year old son Thank you in advance for any info you can provide!

  • robyn - Send you a message. Did you get it?