You already know that I am based in New York City - that I take actor headshots and that I love the process of filmmaking.

I fell in love with photography in 1997, when I lived in London for a year. I still love it.

You may not know that I like to laugh, a lot. I feel life is too short. I also love to tell stories. From my 18 years working as an actor I can bring a vocabulary that taps into the deep work that we do as actors; it shows in the headshots.

I love light and I love people. I love capturing the human face. I love the motion that is captured in a movie camera. As a storyteller I want a story beyond a beautiful image. I want your story. Your unique story in a headshot. Your unique stories in your headshots. 

I like abstraction and improvisation. I like to vary my lighting setup depending on my client, taping into instinct. I want your shots to be about you, your uniqueness not about my photographic style. I work to see your surprise at the unveiled image... The opening of possibility in your eyes.

I have a son, I love him above all. I love my wife, she is everything. 

And I love the best city in the world, NYC. I'm lucky to live here. 

Ricardo Birnbaum NYC Headshot Photographer

Cinematic Actor Headshots