Daniel is a Sydney based Headshot Photographer specializing in Actor Headshots, Corporate and Business Portraits
I grew up in a small farming village in the countryside of Switzerland. I was a very rambunctious child, always running around and generally being as mischievous as I could. When I was a child, my father had a Canon Canonet QL 19 GIII, which he kept in a draw, out of the way of my young destructive hands. At about 10 I was finally tall enough to reach into the draw and take his camera out for a spin. My dad got tired of overseeing my obvious obsession, so he bought me my first camera (one of those plastic disposable kinds that make that clicking sound when you wind between captures).
Towards the end of high school I started lecturing about image manipulation and retouching which by the end of college became a series of workshops. In my early 20’s I moved to Australia, where I promptly got a job working at a digital media agency where I worked in video production as a second cameraman, eventually working my way up to become the Director of Photography. Working with cameras (albeit with videos) within a professional setting was incredibly inspiring, and solidified my knowledge, that photography was where I belonged.
During my time at the agency, I got to work with, and direct actors in a variety of settings. This rewarded me with a unique experience as to how to approach actors during a headshot session, as well as knowing how to get an actor worthy performance out of anyone.
Being fluent in English, German and French gives me an advantage over other photography professionals and it makes it easy to connect with my clients on a level others could not. I am ever honing my knowledge and skills, and have developed my own unique, personal style of photography, combining my experiences in commercial photography with the personable nature of portraiture shoots.
Daniel is a pleasure to work with. He is very professional and creates a comfortable environment to express yourself and succeed in getting the perfect headshot!
Dan was a lot of fun to work with! He makes you feel at ease and offers tips and good advice on how to get the right shot. I've been on more than a couple of shoots and he taught me a quite a few things.. so I'm grateful for that! Are you in need of killer headshots? This talented and friendly snapper's your man!
- Will Willitts
Dan is a lovely guy; easy to get on with and made me feel comfortable from the get go. He is also very professional and gave some great tips to get a good headshot. Most importantly the end results were great and much better than I imagined. Highly recommend Dan!
- Nick Barker-Pendree
Daniel is a star! He is so thorough, professional, and clearly loves what he does. I promise he will pull a shot out of you that you will absolutely love, and you'll have a great time whilst at his studio - the time will fly. His ability to connect with his subjects and bring out their unique personalities doesn't come natural to everyone and his personal nature sets him apart from many. Highly recommended! Thank you for a great experience, Daniel. I appreciate the effort you put into our shoot.
Daniel one of the most talented and passionate photographer I have ever meet. The man is a genius behind the lens and was amazing to work with him.
Only just meeting him, we got along like a house on fire, very easy going and feel completely relax in his studio. I highly recommend Daniel if you're serious about headshots!
Daniel did a great job getting the right photos for my professional and personal needs. He is very knowledgeable about how to help people look their best in front of the camera. He was patient working with me and made it an enjoyable experience. I can highly recommend Daniel Sommer for photography.
Daniel provides a highly professional yet comfortable environment through very friendly and hands-on interaction and direction. He is clearly very experienced and strives to achieve the best results. By always keeping the client informed about what he is doing and how he is doing it, it is easy to work with him at all stages of the shoot and throughout the follow-up.
Dan is an exceptional photographer and so much fun to work with! I finally got some really great photographs of myself. Outstanding customer service! Thank you very much!
I had a great photo shoot session with Daniel and he was so professional and funny. He helped my team and I feel relaxed and comfortable. This resulted in great headshot for my team and myself. Daniel is a great guy to work with.
Sydney's answer to having a photo session with Headshot sensation Peter Hurley is Daniel Sommer! The best, most natural headshots that capture my essence I've ever had taken. Daniel is superb, he is an expert in the field of headshots, understanding everything to get that great shot of you! Book now, you'll be thrilled with the results. Thanks!
- Martin Byrne-Quinn