by Mike Kochansky

Photography is a huge passion of mine. With the advent of smartphones, everyone has a great camera in their pocket these days. The fact of the matter is that these phone cameras are still limited in their capabilities though. As far as professional equipment goes, shooting on a film camera is phenomenal and magical, but modern DSLRs offer a great range of versatility and ease of use. This is why I choose DSLRs as my preferred tool for heashot & portrait photography.

With all that said, a great camera does not make a great photographer. My experience as writer, director, and editor greatly informs how I shoot headshots and portraits. Each picture should tell a story and convey a sense of emotion, bringing you closer to the subject in the photo. It should also accurately represent what you truly look like in real life. There are times though, where you may have a pimple or blemish, which is why I will gladly retouch photos as needed.

My goal is to give you great headshots or portraits that get you in the door and land you the roles or jobs that you're looking for!



  • Hair and makeup should be arranged directly with a third party of your choice. Depending on scheduling, I may be able to recommend someone for the session. Most of my clients do their own hair and makeup, and end up looking phenomenal!

  • I prefer to shoot my sessions outside with natural light. Being in nature is refreshing and the air is energizing. Los Angeles has a plethora of gorgeous locations to shoot in... From parks, mountains, and woods, to streets, sidewalks, and industrial designed architecture. We can work together to choose a location that fits both of our needs. Most importantly, you'll get photos that don't look like everyone else's!

  • If any technical issues should arise during our session, troubleshooting will not detract from the duration of the shoot. Fees for the work are non-refundable, barring unforeseen issues during the session or post.

  • Following our session, you will receive an online proof of the photos. It's then up to you to choose the photo or photos that you'd like me to edit and retouch for final delivery. I will gladly provide advice or guidance as needed!

  • A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due upon booking a session with me. The remaining amount is payable upon delivery of the final photos. The finished images will be delivered within one week of our shoot, unless otherwise indicated.

  • Rescheduling or cancelling a session must be done no later than 48 hours before our scheduled time. If you do not cancel before the 48 hour window, your deposit will be relinquished. 

STANDARD SESSION: $200 - (2 hours)

  • This session has no look limit and includes 3 photo retouches. It lasts 2 hours long, which is plenty of time for our shoot to not feel rushed. It also comfortably allows for hair and makeup adjustments or clothing changes. This is the most commonly purchased package!

ONE LOOK SESSION: $100 - (30-40 minutes)

  • Sometimes you want to add one photo or look to your portfolio, or need a portrait for your business or work. If that's the case, then this session is your best option! Fee includes one retouch for the photo of your choice. Please arrive photo ready.

PREMIUM SESSION: $400 - (Up to 4.5 hours)

  • This session is for those who are looking to experiment a little more than they typically would in a normal headshot or portrait session. It has no look limit, so you can achieve the shots you're looking for, as well as allow you to get adventurous with some new looks. It allows for 6 photo retouches. We can also try some more stylized photo edits, such as black and white, or other artsy color palettes and textures. These additional stylized shots will help make your website pop, and make you stand out from the crowd with some additional flair.


More images coming soon!

Photo Retouching Sample

(Click images to enlarge.)

- Removed lens reflection from glasses and cleaned up stray hair.

If you'd like to book a session, please use the contact form on this website, or the 'Book Now' button to reach out to me! Let me know which session you're interested in, when you were hoping to shoot together, and any other pertinent information.

I look forward to working with you!