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Carlos Taylhardat CEO Art of Headshots & vancouver photographer

Carlos Taylhardat

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.

Holly Hofmann

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.

FUN FACTS:
1. Her chihuahua-mix rescue pup (and best friend), Otis, is named after her favourite performer of all time, Otis Redding.
2. As an introverted kid, she found solace in cooking shows and would love to have her own cooking show one day.
3. 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.

Regina Headshots with Fredau at Art of Headshots

Fredau Hoekstra

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”.

FUN FACTS:
1. 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!
2. 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.
3. 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!

Emily Welz

Emily Welz has been a professional photographer for five 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 towards having Emily growing and learning with Art of Headshots and are certain that in a short period her name will be synonymous with headshots in Edmonton.

Eluvier Acosta

Eluvier Acosta is a dynamic headshot photographer who initially moved to Calgary as a petroleum engineer but his passion for people and capturing their essence changed his fate…Calgary will benefit from Eluvier talent and abilities as Art of Headshots Calgary photographer.

Eluvier was born in Southern Colombia in a town of fewer than 100 people in the Amazon territories. He always wanted to exercise his creative talent but “chose to engineer to be responsible”. It would take a successful career as an engineer before he transitioned to a portrait photographer with Art of Headshots and a fashion photographer with his own line eluvieracosta.com.

His work has been featured in Italian Photo Vogue, Promo Magazine and GMARO in New York, Moevir Magazine in Paris and now anyone can benefit from his incredible talent, passion and compassion.

Will Art of Headshots Photographer Toronto

Will O’Hare

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.

Eric Sanchez headshots photographer

Eric Sanchez

Emily Welz has been a professional photographer for five 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 towards having Emily growing and learning with Art of Headshots and are certain that in a short period her name will be synonymous with headshots in Edmonton.

Daniel Nguyen Art of Headshots Photographer

Daniel Nguyen

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.

Kelowna Headshots with Landon at Art of Headshots

Landon Hemmes

Landon grew up in northern Alberta and moved to the Okanagan valley in 2008. At first Landon started off photographing landscapes and colourful horizons, then advanced photographing people in all their authentic moments. He takes great pride in capturing moments of real emotion, including love, creativity and humor.

Landon enjoys the culinary arts, fly fishing, travelling and spending time with his family when he’s not working. He says living in Kelowna British Columbia has helped bring all those passions to life.

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. You won't find a better Kelowna headshots photographer than Landon.

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Nicholas Hiscock

Currently residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Nicholas holds a bachelor of music from Memorial University and an M.F.A of Documentary Media from Toronto Metropolitan University. His work has been published in the Oxford Press, CBC, Deadline, Extra, The Telegram, Saltwire Network and many more.

Samantha Knoop

Samantha Knoop started her photography journey working with families then further progressed as a daycare photographer before hitting her stride in headshots.

Samantha dedicats her time to photographing Calgary Headshots on-location. For corporations she sets up a studio backdrop and lights in your offices and photographs your staff over the course of one or more days. Minimum of 3 staff are required for us to come to you.

For those individuals needing Calgary Headshots and not working through a corporation, Samantha knows all the best city center and outdoor backdrops in Calgary and is happy to work with you to decide a location.

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Jesse Hlady

Jesse considers himself to be fortunate in having a career where he gets to do what he loves, every day. Photographing people.

You can count on Jesse to bring his enthusiasm and passion to every assignment. Professionalism in an interactive and intuitive way is his approach to servicing Art of Headshots Victoria Studio. Jesse’s life experience and over a decade of photographing people is clearly shown in his portraits.

“I met her on my flight returning from my Grandfathers funeral… I wasn’t feeling social and didn’t speak to the passenger sitting with me for a while, than something happened we spoke and who would ever have imagined that she would eventually become my wife and mother of our children” — Jesse Hlady.

Becky

Becky MacQuarrie is Art of Headshots operations director, facilitating the processes for capturing portraits with our corporate clients by communicating all brand awareness and translating it into headshots of our customer's team. Her talent and abilities are unmatched.

Before working with Art of Headshots, Becky had a career with Habour Air in various client care positions, witnessing and developing the airline to grow into the largest Seaplane Airline in the World and soon to become the first electric airplane airline. She received the Tag Heuer award for valued staff members who have been with the company longer than ten years.

As Art of Headshots grows, we have been fortunate to benefit from her hard work, dedication, and philosophical commitment to excellence.

Meet our Team of photographers

Headshot Photographers

Carlos Taylhardat CEO Art of Headshots & vancouver photographer

Carlos Taylhardat

Carlos Taylhardat is the headshot photographer in Vancouver specializing in helping actors be discovered and producing corporate branding portraits. Art of Headshots Vancouver since 2009. He is passionate about seizing human experiences to capture the life of an individual’s portrait.

Inspired by his Father and travelling around the World as a Child taught him to understand people and their intricate differences, his approach to portrait photography has helped countless businesses and individuals succeed.

Throughout his 20 plus years as a photographer, Carlos has worked with Microsoft, 3M, Lions Gate Studios, the Vancouver Art Gallery, all of the major banks and some of the biggest law firms while helping countless individual meet their goals by having a life like headshots. “Our minds are extraordinary towards understanding people, a great headshot sparks a profound understanding of you, beyond words to convey energy. We photograph our customers with empathy to invoke a profound portrait of you.”

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Becky

Becky MacQuarrie is Art of Headshots operations director, facilitating the processes for capturing portraits with our corporate clients by communicating all brand awareness and translating it into headshots of our customer's team. Her talent and abilities are unmatched. Before working with Art of Headshots, Becky had a career with Habour Air in various client care positions, witnessing and developing the airline to grow into the largest Seaplane Airline in the World and soon to become the first electric airplane airline. She received the Tag Heuer award for valued staff members who have been with the company longer than ten years. As Art of Headshots grows, we have been fortunate and benefited from her hard work, dedication and philosophical commitment to excellence.

Will Art of Headshots Photographer Toronto

Will O’Hare

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.

Regina Headshots with Fredau at Art of Headshots

Fredau Hoekstra

Fredau Hoekstra is the Regina headshots photographer for Art of Headshots. She has such an impressive background, and we’re thrilled she is part of our team.

Fredau was raised in the Netherlands, in a little town called Drachten. Naturally, living in Europe, she learned to speak Dutch, English, French and German! After working as a full time model for 10 years, travelling the globe, she settled down in Toronto where she managed a talent agency! “Needing good strong headshots for my talent, I was often not happy with the headshots that my talent provided and started taking them myself. In the process I discovered that I really enjoyed being a photographer.”

Leaving Toronto was a difficult decision, but she was surprised to learn she loves the freedom of living away from the big city, and she doesn’t want to go back. She sometimes gets nostalgic about her childhood in the Netherlands, missing the feel of the ocean breeze on her skin, the smell of salt in the air, and spending time by the water. Fredau will make any place in the world her home, finding happiness as long as she has her husband and daughter by her side. She rarely makes long term plans, preferring to do what feels right in the moment, an attitude she says serves her well in life.

Fredau has a wonderful outlook on life, wisdom, and talent. She considers herself privileged to have seen and learned how the great photographers work, and puts that knowledge to use to take beautiful photographs of her clients. You won’t regret booking a session with Fredau!

Eluvier photographer for Art of Headshots in Calgary

Eluvier Acosta

Eluvier Acosta is a dynamic headshot photographer who initially moved to Calgary as a petroleum engineer but his passion for people and capturing their essence changed his fate…Calgary will benefit from Eluvier talent and abilities as Art of Headshots Calgary photographer.

Eluvier was born in Southern Colombia in a town of fewer than 100 people in the Amazon territories. He always wanted to exercise his creative talent but “chose to engineer to be responsible”. It would take a successful career as an engineer before he transitioned to a portrait photographer with Art of Headshots and a fashion photographer with his own line eluvieracosta.com…His work has been featured in Italian Photo Vogue, Promo Magazine and GMARO in New York, Moevir Magazine in Paris and now anyone can benefit from his incredible talent, passion and compassion.

Daniel Nguyen Art of Headshots Photographer

Daniel Nguyen

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

Nguyen is largely known for his striking portraitures, lifestyle, and commercial photography. Seeking truth in his images, Nguyen captures portraits from the street to professional models and celebrated artists. 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.

Daniel isn’t big on small talk and holds an open-door policy at his beloved photography studio hosting artists and creatives of all kinds. His favourite place in the world is Miami where he’s inspired by the atmosphere and visuals of the city. Daniel’s weakness is Thai food, he wishes he was good at surfing, loves attending art shows when he’s not riding his motorcycle, and is secretly good at graphic design.

Daniel’s role model is his father, whom he calls “the epitome of a gentleman”. The best choice he says he ever made is quitting his corporate job and becoming a photographer!

Emily Welz Art of Headshots Photographer

Emily Welz

Emily Welz has been a professional photographer for five 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 towards having Emily growing and learning with Art of Headshots and are certain that in a short period her name will be synonymous with headshots in Edmonton.

Kelowna Headshots with Landon at Art of Headshots

Landon Hemmes

Landon grew up in northern Alberta and moved to the Okanagan valley in 2008. At first Landon started off photographing landscapes and colourful horizons, then advanced photographing people in all their authentic moments. He takes great pride in capturing moments of real emotion, including love, creativity and humor.

Landon enjoys the culinary arts, fly fishing, travelling and spending time with his family when he’s not working. He says living in Kelowna British Columbia has helped bring all those passions to life.

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. You won't find a better Kelowna headshots photographer than Landon.

Vancouver Headshots

Samantha Knoop

Samantha Knoop started her photography journey working with families then further progressed as a daycare photographer before hitting her stride in headshots.

Samantha dedicats her time to photographing Calgary Headshots on-location. For corporations she sets up a studio backdrop and lights in your offices and photographs your staff over the course of one or more days. Minimum of 3 staff are required for us to come to you.

For those individuals needing Calgary Headshots and not working through a corporation, Samantha knows all the best city center and outdoor backdrops in Calgary and is happy to work with you to decide a location.

Eric Sanchez headshots photographer

Eric Sanchez

Eric Sanchez is our creative headshots photographer living in Montreal. Eric was born and raised in Paris, France and has worked in two distinct careers: production and camera operator in the Movie industry & running his own studio dedicated to Art of Headshots.

Eric has travelled to over 46 countries photographing magazine covers, personalities, and advertisements for big brands. On his spare time he’s a tour manager for music bands across the world! “I’m basically the chief of a bunch of crazy people enjoying playing music.”

Eric loves travelling anywhere in the world close to the ocean. He is good at everything related to sports and managing / anticipating things. He can’t go a day without sports, his friends, or his phone. Book a session today with our delightfully talented photographer Eric!

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Holly Hofmann

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.

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Nicholas Hiscock

Nicholas is our newest team member, and we are looking forward to sharing you more about him shortly!

Art of Headshots Photographer Jesse Hlady

Jesse Hlady

Jesse considers himself to be fortunate in having a career where he gets to do what he loves, every day. Photographing people.

You can count on Jesse to bring his enthusiasm and passion to every assignment. Professionalism in an interactive and intuitive way is his approach to servicing Art of Headshots Victoria Studio. Jesse’s life experience and over a decade of photographing people is clearly shown in his portraits.

“I met her on my flight returning from my Grandfathers funeral… I wasn’t feeling social and didn’t speak to the passenger sitting with me for a while, than something happened we spoke and who would ever have imagined that she would eventually become my wife and mother of our children” — Jesse Hlady.