Samuel Herndon: Photographer, Artist, Friend
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Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
School: Academy of Art University, San Francisco
Field of study: Photography

Samuel Herndon: Photographer, Artist, Friend


Real Estate; COMPASS, Pinnacle Dec 2019- Present
Apprentice of real estate photographer, Aaron Mischel.
Taught the ins-and outs of real estate photography and frequently sent out to his clients listings.
Received my Part 107 Small Unmanned Aircraft Certificate in August 2020, which allows for commercial operation of a drone.

Headshots; Various Clientele April 2016- Present
Contacted frequently by Real Estate Agents looking for a modern headshot update.
Student portraits due to COVID-19.
Developed a knack for lifestyle portraiture due to its increase in popularity.
Home studio with strobes for those who would like a more traditional portrait.

Food; The Gallery August 2020- Present
In charge of the look and feel of the photographs representing the restaurant’s newest dishes.
In charge of their architectural photography.

Photo Assistant to Jeff Garlin 2018-Present
Organized 13+ years of photographs into a seamless Lightroom Catalogue
Edited photos of the Hollywood elite for an exhibition at Leica Gallery, Beverly Hills, in January 2020.
Currently working on his book of celebrity portraits.

Art Director/ Photographer for Brian Levant; Los Angeles, CA June 2019- Aug 2020
Advised and saw through the author's vision of creating a book about life and collections.
Sifted through thousands of images already taken of collection and co-designed the entire 500+ page book, using Photoshop and InDesign.
Provided additional photography as needed.

Assistant to Douglas Kirkland; Los Angeles, CA Feb 2017- March 2019
Studio Assistant / Photo Retouching
Edited and retouched photos of Hollywood elite for the cover of magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and American Craft.
In charge of setting up the studio on shoot days.
Worked on in-house projects involving heavy composites in Photoshop.

Blink Inc; Los Angeles, CA Sept 2016- Feb 2017
Studio Portrait Photographer
Daily shoots ranging from headshots, to large groups and families.

Bonfire Labs; San Francisco, CA 2013- April 2016
Staff Photographer / Photo Retouching
Orchestrate full-day custom stock photography shoots, both still and motion, for clients such as Salesforce, Apple, Motorola and Google.
Act as the Director of Photography on both internal and external projects, certifying projects run smoothly and with precision.
Retouch, color correct, and screen-comp shots as needed from producers.

Two Dark Studios - AKA Ransom Mitchell; San Francisco, CA 2011-2013
1st Assistant to Jason Mitchell
Worked with Lead Photographer on shoot days, creating unique lighting techniques, any and all grip/electric work.
Assisted with photo work in post, such as making selections, and separating layers for comp and preliminary color correction.
Maintained a professional and clean environment before, during, and after shoots while tending to client needs.


Academy of Art University; Bachelor of Fine Arts 2009-2013


Part 107 Unmanned Aircraft Certificte Aug 2020

Canon, Apple, Photoshop, Lightroom, Bridge, InDesign, Olympus, Nikon, Mamiya, Hasselblad, 4x5 (Loading, Shooting, Developing), 8x10 (Loading, Shooting, Developing), Diana, HOLGA, Profoto, DJI Phantom 4, Dracast, Dyna-lite, Speedotron, Norman, Grids, Beauty Dishes, Gels, Matthews, Manfroto, 20x20 Butterfly Frames, Seamless, “Limbo” Lighting, On-Location Lighting, Ghetto-Rigging, Set-Building.


Jason Mitchell Ian Ashenbremer
Fine Art Photographer Creative Director- Bonfire Labs
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Douglas Kirkland Brian Levant
Celebrity Photographer Director
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Aaron Mischel
Real Estate Photographer