Meet our Team

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much

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Thanks to our wonderful team, we are able to offer headshot services in so many different locations. Each team member is thoughtfully chosen for the qualities we hold in high regard: great camera skills, caring personalities, and the ability to bring out genuine emotions in real people like you. Our team members are creative, funny, artistic, and full of life! Get to know us a little more.

Carlos Taylhardat, CEO Art of Headshots

Carlos Taylhardat

Founder, Vancouver Headshot Photographer

As a little boy I admired my father’s ability to capture great images. He was a diplomat and traveled around the world – I would follow him everywhere. My favourite shots of dad’s were always, without fail, photography of people.

In 1985, while studying photography at Claude Watson School for the Arts in Toronto, I was mesmerized by the most outstanding portrait photograph I have ever seen: National Geographic Magazine’s cover of June 1985 – the Afghan Girl by Steve McCurry. Little did I know that 30 years later, my mission would be to recreate the feeling of the Afghan Girl in every headshot, by capturing the spirit inside everyone who I have the honour to photograph.

In the 1990’s, I worked with troubled youth and their families for the Ministry of Children and Families, the Vancouver School Board and various non profit societies. During those 14 years as a youth worker and family therapist, I always wondered about working with people at their best rather than at their worst.

Counselling taught me to interact with my clients as if it was a session, bringing out their best throughout each interaction. Today, my clients have a mini-session, just like family therapy, but it’s fun, easy and always produces great results. My dream came true through Art of Headshots.

My father’s passion for photography was infectious. He would have been an extraordinary photographer. In our last conversation, he asked me to never quit photography. I won’t.

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Holly Hofmann

Founder, Vancouver Headshot Photographer

Holly has always felt at ease behind a lens. Finding the right combination of composition, lighting and intrigue is a math equation she never tires of trying to solve. She passionately believes everyone should have a great portrait they can hold onto for a lifetime (and takes great joy in making that happen). To capture a little slice of time, she loves to have a conversation with her photography subjects and catch them exactly when they reveal that precise thing it is that makes them who they are.

Holly grew up in Delaware and has lived in New York, Spain, Poland and Finland. For the last ten years, Vancouver has been home. She has always been inspired by Silvia Plath’s quote: “Why can’t I try on different lives, like dresses, to see which fits best and is more becoming?” That drive has led to a diverse career in film production, teaching, journalism, documentary filmmaking and photography.

3 Fun Facts about Holly:
  • Her chihuahua-mix rescue pup (and best friend), Otis, is named after her favourite performer of all time, Otis Redding.
  • As an introverted kid, she found solace in cooking shows and would love to have her own cooking show one day.
  • She upholds that Conan the Barbarian (1982) is not only a phenomenal epic film, but also the most unrivalled romance story ever to unfold on screen — and she’s happy to dispute it.
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Will O’Hare

Toronto Headshot Photographer

Will is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator specializing in portrait, wedding, and documentary photography. Will has worked with Academy Award-nominated actor Woody Harrelson, Julie Taymor, and Disney Theatrical Productions.

His work has been seen in Toronto, New York City, London, Italy, London, and Paris and he has photographed on assignment for clients such as The Georgia Straight, The Commercial Observer, Kerrang! Magazine, Bain & Company, Brooklyn Law School, The Windmill Factory, Ketchum Digital, and Edelman Digital among others.

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Eluvier Acosta

Calgary Headshot Photographer

Eluvier Acosta (pronounced like ill-oo-vee-ay) is unstoppable, making a long journey from his remote hometown village, to settling down in Calgary as a chemical engineer, and finally stepping into his passion of photography.

Eluvier’s natural eye for creativity makes him a dynamic headshot photographer with a vision. His studio is conveniently located within walking distance of the downtown core, and he is eager to work with you.

Calgary will benefit from Eluvier’s talent and abilities as Art of Headshots Calgary photographer.

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Emily Welz

Edmonton Headshot Photographer

Emily Welz has been a professional photographer for over 5 years with a background in Literature and Arts. She chose to become a portrait photographer due to her passion and love for people.

We are quite excited about having Emily growing and blossoming with Art of Headshots and we are certain that in a short period of time her name will be synonymous with headshots in Edmonton.

Art of Headshots Regina Photographer, Fredau

Fredau Hoekstra

Regina Headshot Photographer

Fredau (pronounced like Free-da) is the photographer for Art of Headshots Regina, with her studio conveniently located downtown.

Born and raised in the Netherlands, Fredau uses her vast knowledge and experience from working in the modelling industry for 10 years in her photography. She was inspired to become a professional photographer after managing a talent agency in Toronto and needing stronger headshots of her talent. She finds creative inspiration everywhere around her, and loves the photographs that get published in magazines like Black and White, and The Opera.

Maya Angelou’s quote “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” really resonates with Fredau, and she strives to let this idea guide her interactions with people. “I love being creative, but I thrive most on meaningful human connection”.

3 Fun Facts about Fredau
  • Fredau has a green thumb, tending to her large vegetable and herb garden on her free time. Her favourite meal is a garden tomato sandwich on freshly baked homemade bread topped with some brie!
  • Her new home came with a black cat, Spooky! Spooky graciously shared this house with 3 previous owners and now she’s made room for Fredau’s family.
  • Fredau hasn’t lived with a tv since she was 22 and considers it one of her best decisions. She does enjoy occasionally watching ‘Roots and refuge farm’, and ‘The Photographic eye’ on YouTube though!
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Eric Sanchez

Montreal Headshot Photographer

Eric Sanchez is a talented photographer living in Montreal. Eric was born and raised in Paris, France and worked as a production and camera operator in the movie industry and before running his own studio dedicated to Art of Headshots.

Eric gets his photography inspiration from movie posters, big name magazines, and everything related to cinema because it gives him endless ideas about lighting setups.

3 Fun Facts about Eric
  • Eric has travelled to 46 countries over his lifetime
  • Eric doesn’t have a favourite place in the world, and will instead opt to travel anywhere close to the ocean or sea.
  • Eric won’t go a day without playing / watching a sport, spending time with his friends, or interacting with the world through his phone!
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Brandis Maier

Halifax Headshot Photographer

Brandis’ passion for taking photos was strengthened when her daughter came into her life. She uses her experience capturing the personality and inner beauty of her daughter and the Art of Headshots method to dig deep and bring out authentic expressions from clients like you!

Do you want a headshot for LinkedIn, acting or team photos? Brandis will help you reach your goals by capturing a portrait that reflects the real you.

3 Fun facts about Brandis
  • If she could only eat one thing for the rest of her life, it would be her husband’s amazing smoked french onion soup made in their outdoor oven!
  • The hardest decision she ever made and doesn’t regret, is moving out to Nova Scotia. After 15 years she still loves it there.
  • If Brandis’ binge watches anything, it’ll be RuPaul’s Drag Race or X-Men movies!
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Daniel Nguyen

Austin Headshot Photographer

Daniel Nguyen is an American Photographer, founder of FOTOHOUSE Studio, avid motorcyclist and car enthusiast.

Daniel is largely known for his striking portraitures, lifestyle, and commercial photography. Seeking truth in his images, Nguyen captures portraits everywhere from regular folks like us to professional models and celebrated artists. He isn’t big on small talk but holds an open-door policy at his beloved photography studio hosting artists and creatives of all kinds.

Daniel has been published in Forbes Magazine, Men’s Health Magazine, Austin Woman Magazine and worked on campaigns for various companies both locally and internationally.

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Landon Hemmes

Kelowna Headshot Photographer

Landon is one of our newest additions to our growing Art of Headshots team. We are so lucky to have his creative hands itching to take beautiful headshots in Kelowna!

We are so proud to have Landon on our team, he’ll quickly make you feel comfortable in front of the camera. He will chat with you to calm any nerves and make room for the real you to shine in your LinkedIn, corporate, and branding headshot photos.

3 Fun Facts about Landon
  • Landon grew up in northern Alberta and moved to the Okanagan valley in 2008.
  • Landon’s first photos were landscapes and colourful horizons
  • Landon has a passion for the culinary arts!

Art of Headshots Vancouver Studio

970 Burrard Street, Unit 234, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R4

Art of Headshots Victoria Studio

1024 Meares St. Victoria, BC, V8V 3J6

Art of Headshots Kelowna Studio

23- 225 Glen Park Drive Kelowna, BC, V1V 2X5

Art of Headshots Austin Studio

1701 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX 78701

Art of Headshots Calgary Studio

812A 16 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0S9

Art of Headshots Regina Studio

1808 Smith Street, Unit 210, Regina, SK S4P 2N9

Art of Headshots Edmonton Studio

9662 101A Ave, Unit 203, Edmonton, AB T5H 0A7

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Art of Headshots Toronto Studio

236 Margueretta St, Toronto, ON M6H 3S3

Art of Headshots Ottawa Studio

Ottawa, ON K1T 0S1

Art of Headshots Montreal Studio

435 Rue Beaubien, Studio 202B, Montreal, QC, H2V 3Z4

Art of Headshots Halifax Studio

29 Beaumont Drive, Lower Sackville, NS B4C 1V5