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Who's in the Crew? - Spotlight on Daniella Monestime

NAME: Daniella Monestime - https://www.dmpheadshots.com/
https://headshotcrew.com/dmpheadshots

WHERE DO YOU LIVE? I live in Brooklyn, NY but grew up in Montreal, QC. I'm Haitian born French.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN SHOOTING HEADSHOTS? I've been seriously shooting headshots since 2018, the year I decided to go full-time with my business and quit my daytime job. I love to sit with a "person" in front of my camera so I'm a portrait photographer. My goal, when I have someone in front of my camera, is to capture their true essence whether it's for a contemporary portrait or a headshot/branding image or a creative session.

WHAT IS YOUR LIGHTING SETUP FOR HEADSHOTS? I use the parallel setup taught by Pedro, using strobes but I so want to buy Peter's constant lights kit.

WHEN DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER PH AND THE HSC? I've been with the Headshot Crew since 2015. Wow! I'm a little embarrassed to say that I'm still not an associate. I am determined to make 2020 the year that I join this elite group, but even if I'm not an associate, I get so much out of the group and that's why I' still around. I love the camaraderie and the no-nonsense way of constructive criticism found here unlike so many groups where everyone is eager to tell you how great your shot it. I did not go to college for photography so this is my higher learning opportunity.

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO JOIN THE CREW AFTER YOU FOUND IT? As soon as I found out about Peter, I looked him up on Google and immediately signed up for HSC. I really love his modern clean style.

TELL US ABOUT THE SPACE YOU SHOOT IN. DO YOU OWN IT, RENT IT OR LIVE IN IT? My studio is a boutique home studio. I feel very privileged that I was able to create an oasis for my clients. My space has a bathroom as well as a make-up station. Having my studio at home allows me to always be on time. ;)

WHAT IS ONE THING PEOPLE WOULD NEVER GUESS ABOUT YOU? People would never guess that I'm a proud grandma. Yes, it runs in the family....we all look much younger than we are.

WHAT'S ONE THING YOU WISH PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT YOU? Now that's a good question! Everything, lol. I want people to know that I am a caring woman and my goal is to make them feel comfortable in front of the camera. We all need to exist in photos!

12 Comments

Frederic Le Pon's picture
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Another nice person to know ...Merci

Daniella Monestime's picture
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Merci à toi Frederic!

Beth Madison's picture
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Good to learn (more?) about you, Daniella!! You're right -- I'd never in a billion years have guessed that you're a grandma!! By the way, I like your website!

Daniella Monestime's picture
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Thank you Beth. I am actually updating it with the help of talented Richard Waine.

Beth Madison's picture
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I'm in the process of updating mine, too!! Been working on it all day today. :D I hope to launch my two new websites in a couple of weeks.

Daniella Monestime's picture
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Can’t wait to see them. I too have two websites. One for headshot and the other for my portraits. What are your websites focus?

Beth Madison's picture
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One is for my family photography -- children, babies, pets, families. The other is for my headshots. I also want to do more with portraits... I think I'll put the portraits in with my headshots.

I just got a second email so I can have emails that match each site. My sites are www.BethMadisonPhotography.com and www.BethMadisonHeadshots.com. If you look at them, this is how they've looked for a bunch of years. I'll post something here when I roll out the new ones!

Michael Miller's picture
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Good to know you, Daniella.

Daniella Monestime's picture
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Thank you Michael.

Pete Coco's picture
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Love these profiles. Great to know you Daniella!!!

David H. Roth's picture
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Proud to be in the Crew with you!

Garret Buckley's picture
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So cool to see!