Kim Dalton's picture
Crew Mom

Who's in the Crew? - Spotlight on Rich Soublet

NAME: ​Rich Soublet II - Website - ​https://richshoots.com/
Crew Profile - ​https://headshotcrew.com/soubletphotography
Instagram -​ ​https://www.instagram.com/richsoubletphotography/
linkedin - ​https://www.linkedin.com/in/rich-soublet-42747329/
Facebook - ​https://www.facebook.com/Rich-Soublet-Photography-15039762670

WHERE ARE YOU FROM AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW? - Born and raised in Oakland (town biz!) CA. Moved to San Diego in the year 2000 and have been here ever since.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN SHOOTING HEADSHOTS? - Fourteen years! Sort of...Headshots are what showed me I could make a living as a photographer rather than working in someone else’s office...though it would take me some time to get there. Headshots are the very first thing I got paid for way back in 2006. They were awful (by comparison) but ultimately successful at getting a friend into grad school as an actor. I’ve done them off and on ever since ​maybe​ 2 or 3 times a year. I made them my main focus in 2018.

WHAT IS YOUR LIGHTING SETUP FOR HEADSHOTS? - I’m rockin’ three Paul C Buff Einsteins in 10x36in strip boxes that I mostly shoot in the triangle setup. Occasionally I’ll shoot parallel if I’m in a bulk situation and only want to adjust two lights instead of three :)

WHAT ELSE DO YOU LIKE TO SHOOT? - That’s...kind of a big question. For a while, I had a habit of always having a camera on me (even before it was on my phone) so I like to shoot a lot of different things. After headshots and portraits, I mainly do events (or I used to in the before time) and weddings. I do production photography to stay attached to my love of theatre and the odd landscape here and there when I want to de-stress.

WHEN DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER PH AND THE HSC? - I’m pretty sure I first saw Peter on youtube in 2017 and I thought “Who ​is​ this character?” I remember looking at his work and thinking “Much to learn, I have.” and “I need to up my headshot game ​bigtime.​ ”

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO JOIN THE CREW ONCE YOU FOUND IT? - I made a free account and lurked for a few months in 2018 checking out galleries and such and I signed up right around this time in October of that same year.

WHAT IS ONE THING PEOPLE WOULD NEVER GUESS ABOUT YOU? - I was ​incredibly​ shy as a child. Was very quiet and reserved and afraid to express myself, whether one on one or in a group. Doing theatre pretty much shattered that.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WISH PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT YOU? - That I will for real drop what I’m doing if you’re in crisis. Whether that means you need a ride to or from somewhere (distance permitting of course) or are having a hard day. If you know me (even if only slightly better than your mailman) I’ll make some time for you!

49 Comments

Sam Ennett's picture
Protégé

“WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WISH PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT YOU?…” I think anyone (myself included) who has been a part of the crew for more than 5 minutes knows this paragraph to be true! I’ve seen you popping up left and right sharing tips, tricks, and gold nuggets of wisdom to anybody asking for help. Glad you’re here, Rich!

Jon Meadows's picture
Mentor

My mailman and I are pretty tight though.

Rich Soublet's picture
Associate

But would you invite him to a midnight photo shoot on the strip?

Jon Meadows's picture
Mentor

It sounds dirty when you say it.

Beth Madison's picture
Protégé

then he must be saying it right

Robert Feiner's picture
Protégé

Besides creating some kick-ass headshots, your portrait work is great!

Rich Soublet's picture
Associate

Thanks Robert!

Menno Klaasse's picture
Protégé

Rich your work is awesome, still one of my favourite associate portfolio's. Your color is spot on and I really dig your portraits. You Rock man, thanks for sharing

Rich Soublet's picture
Associate

Thank you very much!

Beth Madison's picture
Protégé

Rich!!!! Wow, I really love your work! You came in here and just tore up the place, knocked it out of the ballpark. And you're so generous with your comments and feedback. The Crew is truly a Richer place with you in it. :D

Rich Soublet's picture
Associate

I see what you did there!

Garret Buckley's picture
Associate

Awesome stuff Rich!!

Rich Soublet's picture
Associate

Thanks brother!

Michael Batten's picture
Associate

Jeez I love your black and white work so much. And you choice in key rings 👍🏻😂

Rich Soublet's picture
Associate

Thanks Michael!

Hahahahah it has already opened its fair share of beers :)

Marco Castro's picture
Protégé

Solid work man... followed your insta too.

Rich Soublet's picture
Associate

Appreciate it!

Peter Roelofs's picture
Protégé

So nice you're in "Who's in the Crew?" for this week !!

Love your work..., your portraits are amazing and always learn a lot from your feedback :)
Really great to have you in our Crew Rich.... :)

Oh.... and I just love you rabbits !! Gandalf is cool !!!

Rich Soublet's picture
Associate

Very happy to be here!

I'd tell Gandalf he's cool but he hears that plenty :D

Maren Kindler's picture
Associate

I love your work, glad you are here

Rich Soublet's picture
Associate

Thanks Maren!

GLORIA JOAN's picture
Protégé

Beautiful Work!

Rich Soublet's picture
Associate

Thank you, Gloria!

Danh Nguyen's picture
Protégé

Awesome porfolio... awesomer human! Every time I see one of your latest works I say to myself, "this is the way."

Rich Soublet's picture
Associate

Hahahah! Thanks Danh! This is the way :D

Beth Madison's picture
Protégé

The Tao of Rich.

Carolin Thiersch's picture
Associate

Wonderful work and it is so great to have you in the crew Rich! Always helpful and great fun too!!!

Rich Soublet's picture
Associate

Thank you Carolin!

Peter Istvan's picture
Protégé

Fantastic

Lynda J. Chan's picture
Protégé

Sweet interview, Rich, and it was neat to meet you at HSM2!

Rich Soublet's picture
Associate

Thanks Lynda, It was great meeting you too!

Christy Bell's picture
Protégé

Love your work and your personality! Ty for sharing both!!! /c

Rich Soublet's picture
Associate

Same to you Christy!

Norman Jaillet's picture
Associate

Super talented stuff Rich. Keep producing great work!!

Rich Soublet's picture
Associate

Thanks Norman. You do the same, brother!

Robert de Wit's picture
Associate

Yep, Rich is a rockstar. Absolutely love your creativity, dude. #yourock

Rich Soublet's picture
Associate

I can (and do) say the same about you!

Daniella Monestime's picture
Protégé

Your work is awesome Rich! I particularly love your portrait. Thank you for always giving detailed feedback. You are a great member of HSC.

Rich Soublet's picture
Associate

Thanks Daniella! More than happy to be here :)

Pete Coco's picture
Associate

Yeah Rich! You are a cool dude.

Rich Soublet's picture
Associate

I'm gonna add an instrument to my repertoire so I can be as cool as you!

Pete Coco's picture
Associate

Ok just make sure it's not an upright bass because it seems cool on paper until you are dragging it around and rolling it down city streets LOL

Robert de Wit's picture
Associate

My wife played the double bass in our early years together. It took up a lot of space in the car.

Pete Coco's picture
Associate

Dude it's a total labor of love just carrying that friggin thing around!

Rich Soublet's picture
Associate

I was thinking a Marimba would be good.

Mikala Freitas's picture
Protégé

hey there, did not realize you grew up in Oakland, I graduated from Bishop O'Down HS and worked for the Athletics for the All Star Game. Go Oakland!!!! I knew I liked you, and love your work, but did not know we grew up in the same area, I love how the Bay Area is represented in the Crew

Rich Soublet's picture
Associate

Yay Areeeaaa!

I lived about a stone's throw from O'Dowd but I went to St Joe's in Alameda because I'd have never heard the end of it from my family if I didn't go to the family school.

Mikala Freitas's picture
Protégé

Great school-I remember watching basketball games at St Joe's and seeing Jason Kidd play-even as a high schooler he was incredible!!!

Rich Soublet's picture
Associate

We also went to the same elementary school! St Paschal Baylon...which I'm pretty sure isn't a school anymore but still a church not far from the Oakland Zoo.

My family is huge into basketball (me not so much) so we would go whenever they got to state championships and drive out to Sacramento and make a big thing of it.

There's a good chance we were at some of the same games!