referral program
  • Vanie
    Vanie Photographer/Owner

    Fun, professional and an awesome director for actors.

  • Kayvon
    Kayvon Senior Associate

    Actor, consultant and a great alternative for you.

  • Joe
    Joe Junior Associate

    Actor, the funny guy, and another alternative for you!

  • Jess
    Jess Ace Assistant

    Helpful even from the East Coast and the magic behind the nitty gritty.

  • Danielle
    Danielle Makeup Artist

    Accommodating, attentive and your chat buddy during prep time.

  • Sara
    Sara Makeup Artist

    Sweet, helpful and your calming energy during makeup.

  • Blake
    Blake Webmaster + Designer

    The genius behind our marketing materials and website!

  • Keeto
    Keeto From the streets of Iran

    Can instantly make you feel like she’s your best friend.

  • Bandit
    Bandit From the streets of NoHo

    The perfect combination of personality, curiosity and love!


I’m guessing you’re here because you’ve browsed my site and you’re interested in learning something about me. Thank you for stopping by!

Okay, so to start, unless you’re from Eastern Europe, you’re going to pronounce my name wrong. For a proper introduction, my name is pronounced like Bonnie, but with a V:  Vanie.

My goal is to help you succeed. I want to empower you with the tools you need to market yourself effectively. I’ll do this by engaging you and  directing you instead of posing you. I’m after  images that show you full of life, not vacant stares. If you don’t like to pose for the  camera, you’ve definitely found the right photographer!

A few facts about my sessions:

  • I may not be the lowest bidder, but I get the job done right the first time. You get images that have personality, warmth, and most importantly, the quality you need to help with your marketing needs.
  • I’m the gal that makes you feel like it’s your day, not mine. I get that I provide a service,  that you’re paying for that  service, and whatever you say goes, with my expert input of course!
  • I’m the all time director. You may or may not have that much experience in front of the camera. No matter what your level of experience  is, I’m really good at directing you, putting you at ease, and coaxing your personality to the light!
  • I’m also a bit old school. You’ll appreciate my professional environment and  my team. We don’t dump our bad day on you, make calls or send text messages on your time, so you can relax and feel like you’re getting a full service session! If we’re traveling to your office, we are considerate and mindful of your environment and work as stealthily as possible!
  • No God-complexes here, need I say more?
  • I take pride in knowing that you will leave your session having had a positive experience.
  • Factoid: In their reviews, my clients consistently mention how easy it is to work with me.


I must add that my photography career  would not have comeDad&I to fruition if it weren’t for my late father, Sahag Mikaelian. If you’re wondering, yes that is an Armenian name, and yes, I’m full-blooded Armenian. My dad was the professional hobbyist, and he’s the reason I picked up the camera. In my teens, I started documenting people (my favorite subject), mostly my peers, and becoming known as, “the girl with the camera.” What I shoot for fun these days can be seen in my personal portfolio.

I’d also been drawing people since I could pick up a pencil. I  studied visual arts at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and then at Otis School of Art and Design, one of the most prestigious art schools in the nation. Being an Angelino, I naturally gravitated towards the film and television industry where I discovered my love of photographing headshots.

I’ve  been a professional Los Angeles headshot photographer for over 20 years. My work has definitely evolved over the years and with a unique perspective, I now photograph both in Detroit and NYC as well. My clients include all kinds of people, from actors, executives, and the occasional person interested in online dating portraits! Many of my clients can frequently be seen  in commercials and on TV shows like Justified, Ray Donavan, Black Mirror, Diet Land, The Americans, Grimm, Breaking Bad, Chicago PD, Masters of Sex and more.

My camera has photographed musical talents such as Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, and Nellie. I have also taken headshots for sports personalities such as Cal Ripken Jr., Davis Ortiz, Derek Jeter, and Dale Earnheardt Jr. My photography has been featured in national ad campaigns, in publications such as USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Pontiac’s High Performance magazine, Mediaweek, and many others. My commercial work has also been seen in national web banner ads, on big-city kiosks, and even on banners in Madison Square Garden!

Being an expert in the business, I’m often interviewed by magazines such as Backstage West. I’m frequently invited as a guest speaker to teach “The Business of Acting.” I’ve taught at the UCLA Extension Program with Pam Dixon and at AIA, and I love it!

As part of my growing team, I’m proud to offer  the option of sessions with my associate photographer, Kayvon, for actors with smaller budgets (view his portfolio). He is a former client and actor who shadowed me as I trained him to shoot headshots. It’s been great to have  such a talented photographer on board for the last 6 years who shares my style and aesthetic. He is a valuable colleague and friend!

When you hire me, you’re hiring a professional photographer, not just a person with a camera. So hire me to produce images that help you market yourself effectively. Call me. I’d love to hear from you!





Meet & Greet

Where we meet with our guests

Makeup artist for headshots

Makeup Station

Where we pamper you


Session Area

Where the magic happens!