the story behind the lens
I've been a photographer since the 9th grade and an actor since the 4th grade. I couldn't think of a more complementary blend of my talents than shooting headshots. I love people. I'm curious about what makes them tick, what makes them unique AND how to access and share that uniqueness. I know what it's like to be in front of the lens and that informs how I work behind it to get the best results for you.
I earned my BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2001, graduating with a major in acting and a minor in film and photography.
I spent 1 year in New York City after school, I spent 8 years in Chicago after that and I've been based in Los Angeles for the past 5 years. I've worked with some of the country's best theatres including Writers', Court, Goodman, Remy Bumppo, Chicago Shakespeare (including HENRY IV Pts. 1 & 2 which traveled to the Royal Shakespeare Company!), Milwaukee Rep, Madison Rep, City Theatre, Next Act, Renaissance Theatreworks, American Players, Door Shakespeare, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks and greasy joan & co. I've also done work in film and television as well as on-camera and voiceover commercials.
In 2008, I was looking for a photographer to update my headshots - and my jaw dropped when I saw the price on some packages out there!!
As an actor with a limited budget I wanted someone who could give me a great shot - one that looked like me when I walked in the audition room - and I didn't want to spend my entire salary from a gig to get it. It didn't seem like that much to ask - but I couldn't find it out there. I spoke with my friends and colleagues and realized that was a very common complaint.
With my experience as a photographer I decided I could help fill that void. I made it my mission to be an actor's photographer - while continuing to be an actor myself.
And here I am - BRADEN MORAN PHOTOGRAPHY!
I love what I do - and I work everyday to get better at it. I have been mentored by some of the best photographers in the business. From working as an assistant with such masters as Cliff Lipson (CBS Staff Photographer), Monty Brinton (CBS Staff Photographer), Robert Ascroft, Lauren Greenfield, Matthew Rolston, Peggy Sirota, Karl Kaul, James Dimmock, Tim Hale, and Jason Bell - my understanding of the craft of photography and the artistry of light has grown tremendously.
And I love being able to take that knowledge and use it to help my fellow actors achieve their dreams.
That's some of my story.
I'm interested to hear yours...and I'm excited to work with you to capture that unique story and put it in front of those casting directors!
If you'd like more info about my acting career, a link to my acting website can be found here:
A full headshot and resumé can be found here: