you've ever felt uncomfortable in front of the camera during a
photo-shoot, John Graf will CURE you. You'll enjoy being
yourself, find the humor or the comfort to
achieve whatever you hoped from your photos, because John helps you
take the attention off yourself, with his down-to-earth manner. If
that sounds like a contradiction, think about it: we're most nervous
when we're aware others are taking notice. Well, John's way of
engaging you -- not only in conversation, but everything useful
about the environment around you -- leaves you no time to be
self-conscious. He's truly the only photographer I've ever laughed
from my whole toes with during a shoot. If you think I'm kidding,
feel free to ask John to show you my "before & after" snapshot we
took while talking about what our shoot was going to entail. But
don't confuse good humor with a lack of professionalism, in this
case. John's a pro in every sense of the word. He doesn't pose you
(unless you ask) but knows which angles, lighting, and presentation
flatter you most - just by observing who you are. He's a 20+-year
veteran, with an arsenal of portfolios to prove that his subjects -
from the most timid to the most exotic personalities - felt at ease
in front of his lens. John loves photography, and you'll love
photographed by John graf is an ecstatic experience. No one in the
world makes me laugh more than John Graf. With most photographers
I've worked with I have to try really hard to think of a reason to
laugh or smile for the camera...not so with John Graf---actually the
hardest part of the shoot is trying to look serious because I'm
cracking up the whole time. He is the most creative and spontaneous
photographer I've ever worked with...and my favorite photos have
come from my shoots with him---people have actually purchased them
and hang them on their walls as art! You absolutely ROCK, MR.
you John so very much for the recent work you did for me. You are
absolutely AMAZING at what you do! I have never EVER worked with a
photographer who has made every situation as comfortable and as much
fun as you do! I actually don't think I've laughed that hard in
years.....you should have your own comedy show on the side, you
nut..ha ha! I can't even begin to tell you how many compliments I've
been receiving on my photos. My friends are so impressed with the
angles you captured of me. You took what I said about my particular
insecurities at certain angels and worked your magic with whatever
it is you do with lighting and all those other tricks you have up
your sleeve. You made me feel so beautiful and even more confident
because of the result of these grrrrrrreat pics John, thank you! I
look forward to seeing you again and shooting at some new and
--Christina Vitulli (Model) "Your biggest fan"
"John was very fun to work with, he made me feel comfortable with his silliness and funny jokes the whole day, yet still was very professional. I have done 2 photo shoots with him, 1 personal, and 1 with a group, and even the group had fun and a great time with John and loved him and his work. John will even photoshop your imperfections out, say a love-handle or a pimple... haha... he will make you look hot! I definitely want to have another photoshoot in the near future with John for sure."
--Katie, 25, (Pro Surfer-Instructor-Musician)
My first time nude modeling experience with John Graf. Having never done something like this before, I was initially nervous and didn't know what to expect and how to pose. John made the experience so comfortable and so much fun and it shows through the pictures. By the end of the day, I felt like a professional model!
--Brook (Bonniwell) Kajdas (Nurse)
- Nancy Sirianni (Actress-Musician-Singer/Songwriter)
If you decide to take photographs with John Graf, first, be prepared to laugh until your sides ache! John has been shooting my photos for 18 years and it has always been a pleasure. John has a way of making a person feel comfortable even in the most uncomfortable of circumstances. Not to mention, that no other person has ever been able to capture me the way he has. No one has ever taken a better photograph of me than John Graf. Goofy, cheazy, hilarious, trust-worthy, good-hearted, ridiculous John Graf. I love him!
Gypsy Sheldon Singer-Songwriter, Fellow Goof-Ball
I loved shooting with John. He is upbeat, fun, and made me feel at ease and comfortable in front of the camera. I got wonderful pictures for my website through John, and I intend to shoot with him again. Best of all, he has a great eye and will spend time getting the best shots. He doesn't just "fly" through a photo session, which is so important in capturing a great photo. Thanks so much John!!!
Jeanette (Physical Trainer) www.committedfitness.com
I feel so lucky to know John Graf. Taking photos with him is SUCH a breath of fresh air! He makes taking photos FUN for me. He's the only photographer I've ever worked with who makes me feel 100% comfortable; besides being totally professional, he has a fun outlook and is super-friendly and creative. Not only are my photos the best with him, his follow-up after the photo session is commendable. I get my pictures quickly and he's always willing to touch up blemishes or add cool images with photoshop if I want him to. Would I recommend John for headshots or other types of photos? ABSOLUTELY. I will never go to anyone else after working with John Graf. I consider him "my photographer"... and my friend!
--Jen Kerner (Actress / Musician)
I began working with John Graf in 1991. I've done countless photo shoots with him since then including many nude sessions. John has always been very professional and I've never felt uncomfortable during our shoots. He makes sure you are never uncovered any more than is necessary for the shots he is doing. John is very respectful of you and your body. One of the many things I love about working with him is that he welcomes new ideas that you may have during the shoots. Mr. Graf makes you feel that your ideas are just as important as his. Many photographers I have worked with make you feel like a child who should just shut up and pose. I have never gotten good pictures from the ego filled photographers . John gives 110% into his photo shoots and makes you at ease every step of the way. Recently John has shot pictures of my children. I don't even know if they knew they were having their pictures taken. He just let them have fun and caught it all beautifully in pictures. John has remained such a great friend through the years and to anyone who hires him.. I promise...you won't be disappointed. Thanks so much John.
Happy client and LONG TIME friend Christina Dunn ( Model and Mother) :o)
California: in Valencia, Santa Clarita, Los Angeles, Simi Valley, Carson,
Torrance and Redondo Beach
Proving photography for: headshots, actor head shots photography, modeling photography, glamour photography, boudoir romantic photos.
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