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Welcome to Tommy Shih Photography! Let's get this out of the way first. I specialize in fashion photography, beauty photography, lifestyle photography, headshots, promotional photography and developing model portfolios.
You literally have tens of thousands of options when looking for a photographer in Los Angeles so I'm not going to tell you that I am the best. It's unlikely to be true with all of the immensely talented photographers around. What is important though is that I know what I'm doing and I may be the best for you and your needs . So how will you know that I am the photographer to hire when you have so many choices in Los Angeles? Well first of all, I'm a person as well so maybe if you know a little bit more about why I do photography it will allow you to understand a little bit more about the person inside photographer behind the lens.
<Honesty alert> Part of the reason I am a photographer is because I need money. We all know that we need money for food, and if we have no food we get grouchy. And nobody likes a grouch. So I'm a photographer in the competitive LA market to eliminate as much grouchiness from my life as possible. But, the second reason is that I find great satisfaction in making people look their best. One of my favorite parts of the shoot is the reply email I receive after sending over proofs saying, "OMG!!!! (That's Myspace/IM speak for 'Oh my God!) There are so many good ones to choose from I can't decide!!!!" That makes me, as a photographer, and a person, feel good. So…OK I guess it still comes back to me and I do this for all kinds of selfish reasons. Haha, just kidding, It's really about you and getting the photos that you want and need. I want to make you look better than you ever have before. I think of it as both of us being winners!
I've also developed a personal style to my photography, and if that style is what drew you into looking at my portfolio and read more about me, then I might be the photographer for you. If you want photos just like [insert other awsome photographer in LA's name here] then I suggest you go book a session with [reinsert same awsome photographer in LA's name here]. I won't mind, I even encourage it. While our abilities and speciaties will ultimately overlap, each photographer has their own strengths and vision. I specialize in fashion photography, beauty photography, lifestyle photography, headshots, promotional photography and developing model portfolios. Many models and actors have gone on to sign with agencies and get paying jobs soon after adding photos from our session to their portfolio. Not every LA photographer can say that. I hope you find that the type of photos and art I create fit your needs and that this is the start of a beautiful relationship. If not...feel free to poke around a bit in my website and maybe, just maybe I can be of service to you!
~ Tommy Shih