Lou Baldanza is an LA-based photographer specializing in Headshot, Event, and Real Estate Photography. There are few times he leaves the house without some form of a camera in his hand or at the ready. Perpetually looking to capture as many of the raw and authentic moments of life and the people in it that he can, Lou's passion for photos came out of a pre-existing passion for filmmaking and storytelling with the moving image. He's since curtailed that propensity to slowing time down even further and focusing his creative energies on one frame at a time.
I love that I get to combine so many aspects of my personal and professional self into one endeavor. I get to utilize what I consider my "people skills" to help clients settle into a place of comfort and familiarity with me and to establish a rapport and trust that serves an artistic agenda of capturing sincere and authentic moments from people in a way that usurps self-consciousness. I also get to use my analytical and problem solving brain to configure my technical approach and deal with problems in the moment as I decide on lighting, composition, and setup of my scenes.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
A variety of things, all mentioned in previous responses. I try to make them special by not presuming that the one I am about to do is anything like the one I just did. I try to maintain an awareness of the unique variables present in each shoot and to adapt my mindset about how to exploit it to its fullest creative potential in a way that doesn't automatically lean on past techniques or tricks that may or may not service the experience that I'm dealing with in the here and now.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
I have not received any official awards or recognition for my photography.
A fun fact about this photographer
In addition to my background in Filmmaking, I also went to music school. I play the guitar, drums, and piano, and was a recording engineer for 2 years in New York City before briefly worked on a Cruise Ship, and then hopped into Grad School to re-orient my creative career before moving here to Los Angeles in 2012.