I have photographed corporate professionals and talent in countless industries all over the globe. I started in 2000, photographing actors and comedians in Los Angeles who needed headshots to get their careers going. In 2008, I opened Ben Krantz Studio in Oakland’s historic Jack London Warehouse District. I picked this area of Oakland not only because of its central location, but because it has hundreds of options for backgrounds in a vibrant and diverse neighborhood. And because of its proximity to Blue Bottle Coffee.
My approach to corporate headshots has helped advance the concept of today’s modern professional headshot. I've done profile photoshoots for numerous magazines, books, and speaking engagements, as well as thousands of LinkedIn, corporate website, and social media profile pics. I've taken headshots for leading executives at Apple, Google, Levi's, and Facebook, as well as revolutionary entrepreneurs on the verge of making our lives more exciting, and local small businesses creating a meaningful difference in our community.
Over the years I have accrued more than just my photographic experience. I have also produced numerous film and theatrical productions, many right here in the Bay Area. Having spent time on the other side of the casting table, I have learned what directors, producers, and casting directors look for and are drawn to in a headshot. All of this leads to my passion and talent for photographing actors and corporate professionals. I know not only how to bring out the best in them, but how to make sure their strengths, personality and best possible looks come shining through. I continue to meet and chat with people regularly from casting agencies, talent agencies, production and theatre companies, and I work one-on-one with artistic directors, stage directors, film directors, and commercial producers to find out what makes a headshot stand out to them.
No matter what industry you’re in, a great headshot is an investment in your personal brand, and is one of the absolute best ways for you to find the success you're looking for.
I love Oakland. I will probably try to convince you to move to Oakland. I’ll definitely talk to you about the stellar food scene in here. I live here with my amazing wife, and our two adorable, yet crazy, pups.
Ben is the best! I have always hated getting headshots because I never felt they actually looked like me. Ben totally nailed it! I LOVE my new headshots and get so many compliments on them!
Chloe C. - San Francisco, CA
I've had the pleasure of working with Ben Krantz Studios several times. He's taken headshots and couple shots of me and my husband, and he's shot several theatrical events that I've been a part of.
One of the loveliest things about Ben is how much he puts you at ease. His interpersonal style is strong but so congenial and warm that he brings out the best aspects of his clients without resorting to cheesy jokes and gimmicks.
I can't say enough excellent things about him, the care he takes with his work, and the great skill he brings to it.
DC S. - Oakland, CA
Ben is amazing! He was very accommodating especially when I couldn't find his place and was running a bit late. Probably the most relaxed photo shoot I ever had and all thanks to the positive energy and vibe he gave! My headshots turned out great. I will definitely ask him to do them again in the future!
Steven M. - San Francisco, CA