Mini Bio

An English Photographer in New York

Hi, when I was born (well from about 4, truth be told), I realized that there were three things my life would be about: computers, acting and photography. When my dad brought home a broken computer and said fix this and I’ll buy you a new one, so I did. This made me feel more alive than anything else in the world had ever done before; he following through and actually bought me a new computer, which back in 1990 was exhorbitant and it ran Windows 3.0 plus he bought a copy of Photoshop. But then, my mother, Judith got me into acting, well dancing and singing mostly and my 10 year career as an actor started. Working alongside James Corden (The Late Late Show), Theo James (or Theo Taptiklis as we knew him, Divergent) and Laura Sadler (Holby City – the UKs version of ER).

Then one day while getting some headshots taken for work (and not realizing why people actually go there), something funny happened – instead of paying attention to what the photographer Clarke Smith-Stanley was telling me about posing, I was asking questions about lighting techniques and camera technologies! And so began my journey into understanding who I would become started.

The work of Lara Jade, Lyndsey Adler, Peter Lindbergh and Annie Leibovitz were a big inspiration for me as I delved into photography. They all have their own unique styles but there is still so much that they share in common; namely an exquisite eye when capturing human beauty through fashion or portraiture!

When I’m not exploring my own creativity, you can find me collaborating with other artists and designers to produce art that is more than just beautiful. My goal has always been about leaving an impact on the viewer by creating meaningful pieces of work in which they are engaged.

Redfern Studio in Mott Haven, South Bronx is a place for artists to create work in an environment that encourages creativity, exploration and experimentation. We offer classes on lighting as well photography techniques so you can learn how take great photos while also getting creative with your art!

The COVID pandemic hit New York City two months after I opened my own studio and we re-opened in the Spring of 2021 with extensive precautions, with the renewed intent of helping artists bring New York City forward to greater glory.

What’s Gareth’s style like?

One Word : Collaborative

I’m a collaborative photographer, simply put, means I work with you to create amazing images. I don’t dictate the outcome unless you ask me to.

I have been teaching lighting to photography students for over 5 years, so I know how to create the perfect light for you. If you love a particular image, I can create our version with your spin on it, I will never copy an image. Maybe you want dark and moody shots, or bright and airy ones – whatever the desired emotion is, it’s my job to make sure everything in your photos looks amazing!

It’s Titania, my stylists’ job to help you pick the correct clothes from your wardrobe so you achieve your desired impression on the day. She has a unique understanding of what casting directors look for, and what actors need, being that she is a successful actor herself.

During our pre-session consultation, after you’ve completed our online questionnaire and created a pinterest board, we will answer all of your questions so you feel as prepared as possible for your session, so that when you walk into the studio, you know what looks you want to create, what clothes you’re going to wear and you’ll know that the images we create together are going to be amazing.

And above all, we WILL have fun! (Just ask Marcus! – Mr Zebra-Man)

Testimonials

People will stop asking if she’s adopted, thank you!

My daughter Ana had her headshots taken by Gareth. (She’s translating this message for me). I know I’m biased, but her photos are stunning. She looks natural and relaxed, which is an achievement given she… Read more “People will stop asking if she’s adopted, thank you!”

Neuma Moreno

It was the best session ever

Ben Cherry

I just wanted to get a few usable pics for IMDB or a headshot for commercial/tv, instead, it ended up being the best session ever.

Ben Cherry

I felt confident, and had a lot of fun

I felt confident, and had a lot of fun, what more can I say?

Deandra Bernardo

The session was fast, fun, and organized

I wanted to get 1 great headshot, what I received were dozens, plus the session was fast, fun, and organized.

Peter Waluk

An overall amazing experience

I had an overall amazing experience and he had a lot of great tips and photo taking advice.

Joshua Dawson

Gareth made it comfortable, fun and easy

Celeste Adragna - NYC Childrens Headshots by Gareth

Working with Gareth and his team was delightful. This was our first NYC experience with head shots, and they made it comfortable, taught my daughter what to do (and not do) and made it fun… Read more “Gareth made it comfortable, fun and easy”

Celeste Adragna

Our experience with Gareth was phenomenal

Abigail Douglas - Childrens Headshots in New York - Headshots by Gareth - 5

Our experience with Gareth was phenomenal! He listened to what my daughter was looking for, was meticulous with his work (sent shots back to editor several times until he was happy), and we loved the… Read more “Our experience with Gareth was phenomenal”

Abigail Douglas

I felt comfortable like I could be myself

I was truly expecting to only get one good look. However, I knew what I wanted and I just wanted to enjoy myself. Gareth and Titania made me felt comfortable like I could be myself.

Alicia Mitchell-Mangual

Fun, friendly and welcoming to ideas and collaborations

Going into my session, I wanted to get excellent headshots that I can use for my submissions. During the session, it felt very good. Gareth and Titania was very fun, friendly and welcoming to ideas… Read more “Fun, friendly and welcoming to ideas and collaborations”

Familia Noyes

A friendly, supportive, and collaborative environment

Rose Kanj - New York Actor Headshots - Headshots by Gareth 1

Gareth was an absolute pleasure to work with! He hosts a friendly, supportive, and collaborative environment, which can be seen and felt in every photograph. Would highly recommend!

Rose Kanj

The world was delivered on a silver platter

I simply expected the world, and it was delivered on a silver platter by the team. I had no reservations, but was hoping for the best, and excited to meet Gareth! During the session I… Read more “The world was delivered on a silver platter”

Alisar Tabet

Not just pretty pictures, he really captured what I wanted to portray to casting directors

I had a wonderful experience getting my headshots done with Headshots by Gareth. Gareth did an amazing job of working with me and individualizing the process to fit what I needed and wanted from the… Read more “Not just pretty pictures, he really captured what I wanted to portray to casting directors”

Juliana Smith

My expectations were high and Gareth delivered

After having had the conversation with Gareth the day before the shoot, my expectations were higher than the usual photo shoot. So during the session, I felt really comfortable and at ease with the whole… Read more “My expectations were high and Gareth delivered”

Starry Tiberio

Gareth and Titania aren’t just people doing a shoot, they’re like FAMILY

Gareth is TOP NOTCH when it comes to professional headshots! His professionalism and warmth will have you feeling like the STAR you truly are! Seeing the results of our shoot I felt more comfortable and… Read more “Gareth and Titania aren’t just people doing a shoot, they’re like FAMILY”

Skye Washington

I’ll bring more Brazilian coffee, pinky promise

I can’t stress enough how much I recommend Gareth’s work. The whole experience, from the first meeting to receiving the final results, was flawless. Gareth is incredibly kind, talented and instantaneously makes you feel at… Read more “I’ll bring more Brazilian coffee, pinky promise”

Ana Moreno

A seamlessly amazing shoot

During the session, I felt educated, relaxed and beautiful. it was a seamlessly amazing shoot.

Alexandria Hodnik

I felt like a superstar!

Having met Gareth & Titania on facetime, I was expecting a relaxed vibe and some fabulous photos! I simply felt like a superstar, they made me feel that way.

Evie Freeman

I felt confident and motivated

Based on my before shoot consultation experience I expected professionalism, courtesy and good direction. What I got was a comfortable, accommodating session which left me feeling confident and motivated.

Claydona Dennie

Gareth and Titania are professional and talented

Before walking in, I expected to find a backdrop and lighting combo that complimented my look. And to get a few shots that I could potentially use for acting, and if we had time: for… Read more “Gareth and Titania are professional and talented”

Lillian Berger

Comfortable and at ease

Gareth made me feel comfortable and at ease during my session and helped alleviate my pre-session anxiety.

Yuri Hernandez

I can’t say enough good things about you

An unforgettable, beautiful experience I will cherish forever. Unsure of what to expect going in, pleasantly surprised, well worth it and highly recommend. Gareth is experienced and Titania, his creative arm, is a breath of… Read more “I can’t say enough good things about you”

Ruby Burdiez

I felt listened to, comfortable and mostly I felt understood!

Marcus Zebra - NYC Dancer Portraits - Headshots by Gareth 1

To say I felt comfortable and supported during my headshot session is an understatement! Gareth and Titania were incredibly kind and warm. It was very easy to bring my best self forward and all the… Read more “I felt listened to, comfortable and mostly I felt understood!”

Marcus Smith

Gareth has an innate ability to pull out your true inner self

Gareth is a super professional photographer with the innate ability to pull out your true inner self! He is also adamant that the client feels satisfied with every aspect of the photoshoot. The way his… Read more “Gareth has an innate ability to pull out your true inner self”

Adam von Almen

This is the first time I saw myself and the roles I would like to see myself in

Had a check-in convo with my manager Steven Buchsbaum who kindly stated (not in his words) that I need to level up on my headshots. It didn’t have that “glow”… Read more “This is the first time I saw myself and the roles I would like to see myself in”

Javana Mundy

A friendly, supportive, and collaborative environment

Rose Kanj - New York Actor Headshots - Headshots by Gareth 1

Gareth was an absolute pleasure to work with! He hosts a friendly, supportive, and collaborative environment, which can be seen and felt in every photograph. Would highly recommend!

Rose Kanj

Fun, friendly and welcoming to ideas and collaborations

Going into my session, I wanted to get excellent headshots that I can use for my submissions. During the session, it felt very good. Gareth and Titania was very fun, friendly and welcoming to ideas… Read more “Fun, friendly and welcoming to ideas and collaborations”

Familia Noyes

I felt listened to, comfortable and mostly I felt understood!

Marcus Zebra - NYC Dancer Portraits - Headshots by Gareth 1

To say I felt comfortable and supported during my headshot session is an understatement! Gareth and Titania were incredibly kind and warm. It was very easy to bring my best self forward and all the… Read more “I felt listened to, comfortable and mostly I felt understood!”

Marcus Smith

The session was fast, fun, and organized

I wanted to get 1 great headshot, what I received were dozens, plus the session was fast, fun, and organized.

Peter Waluk

An overall amazing experience

I had an overall amazing experience and he had a lot of great tips and photo taking advice.

Joshua Dawson

My expectations were high and Gareth delivered

After having had the conversation with Gareth the day before the shoot, my expectations were higher than the usual photo shoot. So during the session, I felt really comfortable and at ease with the whole… Read more “My expectations were high and Gareth delivered”

Starry Tiberio

The world was delivered on a silver platter

I simply expected the world, and it was delivered on a silver platter by the team. I had no reservations, but was hoping for the best, and excited to meet Gareth! During the session I… Read more “The world was delivered on a silver platter”

Alisar Tabet

I’ll bring more Brazilian coffee, pinky promise

I can’t stress enough how much I recommend Gareth’s work. The whole experience, from the first meeting to receiving the final results, was flawless. Gareth is incredibly kind, talented and instantaneously makes you feel at… Read more “I’ll bring more Brazilian coffee, pinky promise”

Ana Moreno

Gareth has an innate ability to pull out your true inner self

Gareth is a super professional photographer with the innate ability to pull out your true inner self! He is also adamant that the client feels satisfied with every aspect of the photoshoot. The way his… Read more “Gareth has an innate ability to pull out your true inner self”

Adam von Almen

Gareth and Titania are professional and talented

Before walking in, I expected to find a backdrop and lighting combo that complimented my look. And to get a few shots that I could potentially use for acting, and if we had time: for… Read more “Gareth and Titania are professional and talented”

Lillian Berger

This is the first time I saw myself and the roles I would like to see myself in

Had a check-in convo with my manager Steven Buchsbaum who kindly stated (not in his words) that I need to level up on my headshots. It didn’t have that “glow”… Read more “This is the first time I saw myself and the roles I would like to see myself in”

Javana Mundy

Not just pretty pictures, he really captured what I wanted to portray to casting directors

I had a wonderful experience getting my headshots done with Headshots by Gareth. Gareth did an amazing job of working with me and individualizing the process to fit what I needed and wanted from the… Read more “Not just pretty pictures, he really captured what I wanted to portray to casting directors”

Juliana Smith

People will stop asking if she’s adopted, thank you!

My daughter Ana had her headshots taken by Gareth. (She’s translating this message for me). I know I’m biased, but her photos are stunning. She looks natural and relaxed, which is an achievement given she… Read more “People will stop asking if she’s adopted, thank you!”

Neuma Moreno

I felt confident, and had a lot of fun

I felt confident, and had a lot of fun, what more can I say?

Deandra Bernardo

I felt comfortable like I could be myself

I was truly expecting to only get one good look. However, I knew what I wanted and I just wanted to enjoy myself. Gareth and Titania made me felt comfortable like I could be myself.

Alicia Mitchell-Mangual

Gareth made it comfortable, fun and easy

Celeste Adragna - NYC Childrens Headshots by Gareth

Working with Gareth and his team was delightful. This was our first NYC experience with head shots, and they made it comfortable, taught my daughter what to do (and not do) and made it fun… Read more “Gareth made it comfortable, fun and easy”

Celeste Adragna

I felt like a superstar!

Having met Gareth & Titania on facetime, I was expecting a relaxed vibe and some fabulous photos! I simply felt like a superstar, they made me feel that way.

Evie Freeman

Comfortable and at ease

Gareth made me feel comfortable and at ease during my session and helped alleviate my pre-session anxiety.

Yuri Hernandez

I can’t say enough good things about you

An unforgettable, beautiful experience I will cherish forever. Unsure of what to expect going in, pleasantly surprised, well worth it and highly recommend. Gareth is experienced and Titania, his creative arm, is a breath of… Read more “I can’t say enough good things about you”

Ruby Burdiez

I felt confident and motivated

Based on my before shoot consultation experience I expected professionalism, courtesy and good direction. What I got was a comfortable, accommodating session which left me feeling confident and motivated.

Claydona Dennie

Our experience with Gareth was phenomenal

Abigail Douglas - Childrens Headshots in New York - Headshots by Gareth - 5

Our experience with Gareth was phenomenal! He listened to what my daughter was looking for, was meticulous with his work (sent shots back to editor several times until he was happy), and we loved the… Read more “Our experience with Gareth was phenomenal”

Abigail Douglas

Gareth and Titania aren’t just people doing a shoot, they’re like FAMILY

Gareth is TOP NOTCH when it comes to professional headshots! His professionalism and warmth will have you feeling like the STAR you truly are! Seeing the results of our shoot I felt more comfortable and… Read more “Gareth and Titania aren’t just people doing a shoot, they’re like FAMILY”

Skye Washington

It was the best session ever

Ben Cherry

I just wanted to get a few usable pics for IMDB or a headshot for commercial/tv, instead, it ended up being the best session ever.

Ben Cherry

A seamlessly amazing shoot

During the session, I felt educated, relaxed and beautiful. it was a seamlessly amazing shoot.

Alexandria Hodnik