Hello, Los Angeles!

  Hello, Los Angeles! When I arrived here last May, I couldn’t wait to write my first official, “Hello LA,” blog. Now, more than eight months later, things have settled down a bit and I’ve had some time to begin writing days of blogs for you kind Gentle Readers again! So, a very belated, “Hello, …

Photo Daily: Merrique and the Midnight Indigo

  “Almost ready. Let me gel that other light so the color temperature mat….. oh… wow… wait a minute. Never mind. This is amazing!” Merrique was in town for a few days this past June. I hadn’t seen her since we worked together in Todos Santos, Mexico back in 2011, making beautiful images with her. …

“Anoush Hat Dance”: Behind the scenes of a noir short film

Sometimes an idea I have takes a few months or even years to realize. Back in September, when a large box of beautiful wide-brimmed hats arrived at the studio, I knew I was one step closer to scratching an artistic itch I’d had for decades. One of my main influences in photography was George Hurrell, …

Photography and Social Media: Is a photo still worth a thousand words or only 140 characters or less?

The old saying goes, A photograph is worth a thousand words. These days, with so much photography speaking for us on social media, how often is a photo still worth a thousand words, and when is it only worth 140 characters or less? I was having a thought-provoking discussion with one of my photography apprentices …

Billy Sheahan Photography December 2008 Postcard

In the early 90s, I remember spending hours in Barnes and Noble Books pouring over the work by photographers who inspired me. I would examine the images like I was studying for finals. They were huge and beautiful and full of secrets. The lighting, the ideas, the sheer beauty of each photograph. Once in a …