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Charles Crain

1918 Pine, New Orleans, LA; Scottsdale, AZ; Miami, Florida United States
480 213 8803 . 480 213 8803 .

New Orleans, Scottsdale and Miami

M: 480 213 8803

STILL PHOTOGRAPHY - skills and services:

My life's work has been to capture character in the human face and in an effort to understand each person's path to that moment; provide effective candid & semi-posed still images; utilize available light and employ a photojournalistic conversational approach.

~I have a strong portfolio of imagery revealing the personalities of my subjects ~I understand the talent, roles, sensitivities, goals of the director/producer; will promptly establish a working relationship with director and AD; talent and crew; camera/grips; professional, tactful, discreet and courteous presence on set ~character and ensemble portraits; crew and set-up, prep & behind scenes ~contribute to VFX & other crew, art, progress reference; styling & script continuity shots ~realistic, photojournalistic, documentary approach ~meet schedule, maintain confidentiality ~seek opportunities for the best imagery to help convey the marketing message ~I utilize my depth of photography skills to:

provide effective candid & posed capture; utilize available light; offer alternative composition; engage and portray true persona

"Charles possesses a keen ability to capture the life experiences of people reflected in their faces and gestures - in a quickly developed relationship, he puts the subject at ease for that moment with a kind word or gesture - it results in a timely connection"

Images captured with Nikon full-frame digital equipment, fast prime & zoom lenses; DSLR bespoke FatBoy Sound Blimp; current Photoshop, Lightroom and various supporting image editing software;

~pre-production tasks include: preliminary conferences for planning & organization of the session with the publicist, location orientation, test shots, trailer and storyboard. Issues involving the production, such as: the total number of finished images needed, scheduling, site logistics or the need for specialized skills or equipment

~post-production tasks include: image editing & selection, digital refinement, format conversions, retouching, wrap up meetings and preparing images for final delivery.

Relevant Work:
Stills reels for “Su Vida VIBE” spot, “Robert Craig Wine Dinner”, “1st Annual Feed Your Dreams Dinner”, “Chefs & Kitchens” Series; “Association for Corporate Growth”;

and, SummitStar Films & Entertainment - "True Love", indie film; Caelia Adams Productions - “The Stranger”, indie film; SPEED Channel - Barrett-Jackson; Cox MEDIA-television; F&F Wines International; MP Magazines; Oakville Grocery; Pillsbury Wine Company; Beckett’s Table; Binkley’s Restaurant; Café Bink; Spanish Market, Heard Museum; Navajo Weavers, Heard Museum; Indian Market, Heard Museum; Hopi Carvers, Heard Museum; “Dia de los Muertos” Series, Mesa Art Center; CRENAB events/reels; 1st Annual Feed Your Dreams Dinner, AZ Science Center; African Refugees Series. “My Face My Life” – Stills reels, Books and eBooks series: “Exploring Diversity”; “Native American Series”; “Portraits of Character”.


When Charles bought his first Nikon F SLR his initial studies were of derelict architecture, machinery and also street photography-a genre that the New York Times has called, "...shots of everyday people living out their private lives in public". In this type of portraiture, he has the keen ability to capture life experiences of people reflected in their faces and gestures. For this and carefully composed imagery of man-made objects mingling with the natural landscape, he believes it is important to utilize available light for the best effect on the first take.

Over time, his work continued in 35mm B&W and color slide formats; then, it evolved to digital. The subjects of his photography have ranged from Great Britain to Central America, the Gulf Coast, South Florida and the Western US. His concentration is fine art, character studies with an emphasis on the film/television industry.

A native of South Louisiana, Charles has been influenced by its unique Cajun & Creole cultures and the great number of important painters, sculptors and photographers from this region. He is a founding member of the New Orleans Photo Alliance and has recently had solo exhibits in Miami and Scottsdale with group shows in Austin, Bucks County, Lafayette, London, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, San Diego and Portland. Charles' work has been recognized in numerous international competitions and is housed within various private and museum collections.


True Love still photographer Summitstar Films & Entertainment
The Stranger still photographer Caelia Adams Productions


Su Vida VIBE still photographer COXmedia


my face my life: portraits of character still photographer Tchoupitoulas Press


CRENAB at various locations still photographer CRENAB


Exploring Diversity still photographer Heard Museum

Employment Details

  • Work History: Television, Film, Commercial, Internet
  • Job Categories: still photography, Production
  • Are you willing to work unpaid?: No
  • Authorized to work in United States: Yes
  • Primary Citizenship: United States
  • Valid Passport: Yes
  • Prior Job Title 1: still photography
  • Prior Job Title 2: still photography
  • Prior Job Title 3: still photography

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