HEADSHOTS

BRAND PORTRAITS // Angel Castillo for Ogden Mayor

Angel Castillo and I met to get to know one another in preparation for her upcoming headshot session with me, at Ultraviolet Studios. Angel reached out upon booking and invited me for a quick coffee date at Wasatch Roasting Company which let’s be honest, I am not one to turn down coffee. Angel recommenced the mocha because it isn’t “too sweet” because well, she gets it. We settled in for coffee and conversation, exploring the power and responsibility of leading a city that is growing at the rate Ogden is. I’ve seen it in Utah County, she has seen it in LA. She gets it. She does this place.

We discussed art, culture, diversity, what it means to move to a new place, friendship, food, and mountains. We talked about the power of honest portraits and about why she needed them. Angel’s campaign is built on showing up and protecting a city that is on the cusp of massive growth, she needs to be seen and shown as real. She needs to be shown as the competent, experienced voice that Ogden needs for our upcoming Mayoral race who looks forward to the opportunity and responsibility of Mayorship. Because the truth is, Ogden needs someone who sees this beautiful, growing place we call home, the way Angel Castillo does- with foresight.

I was so happy to make these campaign headshots for Angel and cannot wait to work with her again and see her leadership extended through this valley home we share.

PRODUCTION HEADSHOTS // McKenzie Steele Foster


I met McKenzie on a cold December morning as we drove west to Little Sahara. There were five of us and we had exactly 40 minutes on the cold swirling sand to make portraits that supported the in-progress production of The Little Prince. The turn around and asks were direct- we needed to communicate the character relationships that made Sackerson’s “The Little Prince” the lasting and memorable telling it is. Our time limit was significant, the cold biting and our collaboration new. And we did it. McKenzie and the entire Sackerson team were focused and talented inspired by what it means to collaborate creatively.

Now, two years later, with so many beautiful stories and characters explored, McKenzie hired me to make these portraits for her. We worked at Ultraviolet Studios using the cyclorama wall, mobile walls, and a piece of really wrinkly duck cloth I flopped over our clothing rack. I love the undone messiness of it. We played a playlist we both loved, we both sang, we both laughed a bunch and talked about mutual friends, and work.

I knew little about McKenzie aside from my admiration of her as a compelling actor who communicates the nuance, puzzling intersections of life and death, discovery and searching, love and loss. She has an ability to focus the nuance of a character’s story inviting the crowd to connect with the wonderful equalizing experiences of being human.

McKenzie invests in herself. She sees her own talent and she moves forward exploring it more, growing what she loves. She regularly invests in photography to document her evolution, her change, and her growth. It was my pleasure to document her, to see and spend time getting to know a woman who knows how to channel her infinite being into characters that communicate what it means to exist.

Check out McKenzie’s work and reel HERE.