I believe in a natural, intuitive approach to image capture. The most essential component of my work is having a true connection to my subject and creating an atmosphere that inspires authentic moments.
A truly great headshot is so much more than a picture of your face. I believe it can capture the most beautiful and unique aspects of who you are at your core… which, (along with being the most rad gift you have to give to the world) also happens to be your greatest and most valuable ASSET.
In a world where everyone is trying to “be like” so-and-so or “look like” such-and-such… I believe the truest way to stand out is to be completely, and uniquely YOU.
Simply put – my job is to bear witness to who you really are – and help you translate that into a marketable image that will resonate with those in a position to hire you.
Because after all, what truly makes you stand out in an industry full of people trying to “be something” is actually just you… being… YOU. You’re not always going to be the right person for the part, or the job, or whatever the case may be… but if you are clear on who you are, and your value in this world – the roles and jobs that ARE right for you will be yours for the taking!
More About Marisa
Marisa Quintanilla has been a professional in the entertainment industry for over 10 years – as a photographer, a producer, and a working actress. Throughout her time in the industry she has worked alongside some of the industry’s top agents, managers, directors, casting directors, and PR professionals – experience that has given her a unique insider’s perspective to shooting effective headshots for actors, models, and business professionals.
Her role as “Huilen” in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 allowed her to experience the Hollywood publicity machine first hand – an experience she learned can be quite overwhelming for actors new to the PR game. Lucky enough to have been mentored by some of the industry’s best – she leveraged the knowledge she gleaned on the Twilight circuit and established the Branding + PR Strategy leg of the Marisa Q Photography business.
Since then, Marisa has been a guest speaker specializing in Actor Branding at The National Association of Latino Independent Producers Actor Summit, at classes run by esteemed casting director Dan Velez of Dream Big Casting, and on various industry panels at film festivals and acting classes across the nation.
Clients of Marisa Q Photography, Branding & PR Strategy have also continued on with great success in the industry – signing with some of the industry’s top agents and managers, as well as booking starring roles on major television series like Grey’s Anatomy, General Hospital, Mad Men and more. Commercial clients can been seen in national campaigns for Fortune 500 companies like IKEA, McDonalds, & Target – and in Print Ads for brands like Tilly’s, Bose, and Ford to name a few.
Currently based in the peaceful hills of Topanga Canyon, the Marisa Q Photography studio is air conditioned and bathed in beautiful natural light – providing a zen-like experience for her clients. Marisa has also lived and worked professionally in New York – as well as been commissioned for work across the U.S., Europe, and Mexico. She loves to travel, is a dedicated yogi, and thrives by helping others follow their bliss. To find out more about Marisa’s artistic journey, connect with her on Instagram and Twitter.