Professional Photographer

 Photography is both an art and science, beyond the skills necessary with the camera, and a long list of  photographic equipment as well is an understanding of how to use light both broad  and sublime, great photographers need an artistic eye and the ability to be creative under pressure. As one of the top professional Photographers in Southern California. Daniel Colegrove has developed these visual senses and skills. Shooting in a style more like a fashion photographer than a portrait photographer, he “sketches” with the camera, capturing the subtle nuances of feelings and emotions present in every person or event he photographs. Artistic and talented but flexible and relaxed, shooting in a broad range of styles, Daniel has photographed weddings and events as well as studio and location headshots for actors in Ventura and Santa Barbara, County since 1984.


“Daniel’s unique blend of style has developed from a broad range of artistic and photographic experience. Daniel is comfortable and relaxed in both the studio and shooting on location and possess the uncanny ability to be creative even under pressure.”


Wedding Photography

Wedding Photographer Daniel Colegrove All wedding photographers take pictures. I believe there is by far more to the job than just taking pictures. What I do as a wedding photographer is capture the love and beauty of your wedding day. It’s not a taking endeavor at all, rather, it is to record the moments of your wedding day then produce images for you to enjoy for the years to come.

 The expertise required for wedding photography is an extraordinary combination of artistic ability, technical training and top of the line equipment.Photographers with all these skills are few and the most talented people in this field are hard to find. Beyond the technical expertise with cameras, equipment, and a knowledge of lighting both broad and sublime, wedding photography requires sensitivity, compassion, intuition and an eye developed over many years of photographing people. 

  I have photographed weddings in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles and all of Southern California for more than 25 years and I am one of the early photographers to use photojournalism to cover weddings. Also, having a background in Editorial and Studio Photography, I photographs weddings in a combination of all styles from the Classic and Photojournalistic to a little Avant-garde. I have spent all these years trying to perfect a combination of classic, photojournalistic and creative photography that fits both my clients’ taste and my personal taste as an event photographer. What I have learned and accepted is that there is no perfecting of this. Things change, people change, styles change. I myself have a different overall style now than I did ten years ago. So I keep an open mind and aim to fit this combination of styles to what I have learned about you.


Theatrical & Commercial Headshot Photography

 Headshot photography is a specialized field, to capture a persons energy and look along with an absolute honest representation of someone’s appearance requires exceptional skill with a still camera and lighting techniques. It also requires a photographer with the ability to connect with and bring out that personality and that look, and is willing to take the time to get “that shot”.  Headshot Photographers also must have the insight of how that image will come across to that Casting Director or Agent who’s attention you are trying to catch. Daniel Colegrove has had nearly three decades of experience in the Visual Communication Industry and a deep understanding of people and how they perceive imagery.

Headshots for Actors , Dancers, Models & Musicians.

Headshot Photographer Daniel ColegroveThe entertainment business is extremely visual, more so than any other profession. Your first impression more often than not, is the only impression you get to make. Though your headshot should be a flattering image, the headshot must look like you. If you send a picture to a casting director and you get called in, and you don’t look like your headshot, you automatically blow the audition (trust me on this, they hate a great head shot picture of someone that doesn’t really exist).

 Don’t short sell yourself by submitting a snap shot rather than a professional headshot to casting agents or directors. It will get you nowhere, they just won’t take you seriously. From their perspective it’s just not worth their time.

 This isn’t just a headshot it is your headshot. I have seen aspiring entertainers lined up in the street to get headshots done in Hollywood and Los Angeles. These are literally “headshot mills” you walk in the front pay your money they stick you in front of the camera you walk out the side door. “The finest headshot cannot guarantee success, but a “run of the mill” headshot is just one in a pile of many and certainly wont improve your chances.”

  Work one on one with your photographer. Daniel takes the time to draw you out, capture your individualism and diversity of looks using multiple lighting and camera techniques. Just as important as the images visual impact is how and to who that images conveys it’s message. It’s not the head shot photographers style it is your style that is the focus.

 Headshots for Authors, Writers, Radio Personalities.

 They all want to know what you look like.  Putting a face to the voice or text is an important way of connecting with and to your audience. An image created for this type of communication is absolutely critical… A situation where your personality precedes you look. An image that does not do your personality justice will in a word be no more that a let down.

 Corporate Headshots.

 Image has become more important in the business world. Some corporate employers are now asking potential employees to submit their Headshots when they are applying for a job (Yes this blew my mind too) A successful corporate headshot will provide a glimpse into the person’s character and will reflect a friendly, trustworthy and approachable personality. Many business professionals and businesses use headshots for: Annual reports,  Print and Internet Publications, Corporate PR  Press Releases, Brochures, Catalogues, Marketing Literature, Product Packaging… And yes Business Cards.

 One of Southern California’s top Headshot Photographers is located in Ventura, Ca. Actor, entertainer, model, dancer and musician headshots and portfolio photography.  Digital Headshot Photography in Studio or on Location located in Ventura, California (40 miles north of Los Angeles and 40 miles south of Santa Barbara). Color and Black & White head shots. Commercial and Theatrical Head shots, Publicity photos.



 Daniel Colegrove – Ventura, California Based Professional Photographer, first established in the industry with his early use of photojournalism techniques in wedding photography, striking editorial and commercial portraits. He has worked in a wide range of photographic specialties including: Photojournalism, Movie Stills, Theatrical Headshots, Rhythmic Sports, Editorial, and Forensic Photography.


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