My Story

Once upon a time there was this kid in high school that signed up for his first photography class. He loved it so much – so very much – that he continued with photography courses, lifelong real-world learning, and has never stopped with the practice of photography. The hobby quickly matured into the passion it is today.

Famous photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson, is credited with saying your first 10,000 photographs are your worst. But that was back in the days of film, where each shot you took could not be deleted and retaken. A lot more careful planning was needed to not waste a shot. Today we can delete digital files as often as we want, and this instantly gives you that digital space back to create another one. With this liberty, we take many more shots and often with less planning. So, today it is more like your first 100,000 shots are your worst.

Rafael L
Rafael, Your Photographer

After countless shots of my own, I arrived on choosing the journey of photographing a person at a time because of the one-to-one collaborative process of it. It is often an actor, executive, artist, content creator, or similar individual. Whether the images are to be used for your agent, your business, your online profiles, or whatever, in the brief time we spend together in a session, a lifelong positive memory is created. That is the power of great photography. You do not get that wonderful experience with a selfie, and you certainly do not get the level of great imagery as you do from a real photography session.

This is the goal of every photo shoot with me – to create strong marketable images for whatever goals you have that came about from a lifelong positively memorable session. Lifelong positively memorable for everyone – that may be a lofty goal but one worth pursuing every time. So far, so good, and I will bend over backward to do whatever I can, so you have the same experience too.

My Work Experience

I went on after high school, and those initial photography courses, to join the U.S. Air Force and California Air National Guard. I graduated from California State University, Northridge with a BA in Journalism, graduating with honors. Afterward, back in Los Angeles, I worked at two of the largest global public relations firms – Ketchum and MSL – and one of the largest boutiques in technology public relations in California – Capital Relations. I later made moves to do my own public relations consulting directly with companies. One time, I had a client that knew I loved photography and asked if I could do their product photography. That went well, products sold, and so they later asked for headshots for their website update. More clients asked. This spawned The Light Committee into being. I have now photographed countless actors, business professionals, artists, creative directors to managing directors, and other individual people for 20+ years. Yes, I have created way more than 100,000 shots! 😉

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The Light Committee – the Name

So, why The Light Committee name? Lighting a person varies by the goal of the image being created. On one occasion, it might call for a single-light setup while on another it might require a four or more light setup that need to work in concert. The word “committee” is defined as a group appointed to perform a function or act upon a particular matter. Sometimes all the group is required and sometimes just some of the group. In a loosely similar way, lighting a subject requires lights to perform the function of lighting for a particular matter, just like a committee is to operate. And so, The Light Committee.

 The Light Committee is insured to meet Los Angeles County photography business requirements.


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