Tuesday December 1, 2020

By: Naiia Lajoie   For someone who is so accustomed to lighting his subjects in order to capture their essence so perfectly, we are turning the spotlight onto arguably one of Los Angeles’ best headshot photographers, Michael Roud. Originally from Leverett in western Massachusetts – a small, rural town comparable to the Berkshires, sans even a stoplight – Michael originally had his sights set on law school. The University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate studied Political Sciences and Philosophy with the intention of entering politics. His crossroads came upon moving to Hawaii shortly after graduating. Michael describes his experience as a “spiritual awakening”. “I realized that I didn’t like arguing or spending my time focusing on conflict” he reflects, “so…perhaps I was pursuing the wrong line of work.” At this time he also began dating a photographer, which transitioned into a keen interest in film. He started working at a local youth center running the video department, nurturing what would ultimately become his passion: “It was [a] cool job because the center was right on the ocean and my daily work was making skate and surf movies with the kids.” Trading island life for the golden coast, Michael is now based in Southern California, where his imagery dominates the LA market. He considers himself first and foremost a filmmaker, hoping to take his viewers on a journey with each of his pictures. Given his viewers are predominantly agents, managers, and casting directors, eliciting that je ne sais quoi from his clients – actors, models, and other entertainment industry workers – the pressure is on to deliver; not just on their part, but his. His secret? “I specialize in headshots so the journey falls within the eyes” he divulges. “It seems very small and simple but getting my...... Read more on Full Issue!

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