Meet Your Photographer

Donald Carlton, Owner & Photographer
Hi. I'm Donald Carlton, your photographer. I specialize in creating professional headshots for individuals and businesses looking for a new and improved image. Since opening my studio in 2010, I have created thousands of headshots for professional individuals and organizations throughout San Diego and Southern California.
When quality and service matters most, you can put your trust in me. With my years of photography experience and understanding the psychology behind headshots, I will create for you a headshot that will make you stand out among the crowd with confidence. Other photographers and studios may offer similar services, maybe even lower prices, but when you work with me, you get my personal dedication, flexibility, and high standards for photographic quality and service. 
Photography is my passion, and I'm happy to share it with you.

Donald Carlton has over ten years photography experience and he continues to learn and grow as a photographer every day. As a veteran of the United States Coast Guard, his military experience has provided him many strengths and skills he implements into his business. Donald also one of San Diego's top commercial photographers, specializing in photography for advertisements, catalogs, and websites. In his free time, he loves to travel and photograph beautiful landscapes, play guitar, and on the weekend teach photography classes and mentor aspiring photographers. 

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Our Team


Our Process

Step 1: You book your appointment with us. Click here to book your appointment online, or contact us if you have any questions.

Step 2: You come to our studio or we come to your location and we create your amazing new headshots. You review all the images during the shoot and we make sure you are completely satisfied with your headshots before the end of the session.

Step 3: Within 24 hours, we email you a link to download the unretouched proofs. You review the proofs and email us a list of the image numbers for the images you want us to retouch along with any special instructions you have for retouching.

Step 4: Our professional retouchers work their magic under our strict specifications, we quality check the images and apply finishing touches, then we email you a link to download your final images. Retouching takes 3-5 business days for individual sessions and may be slightly longer for large group sessions; however, we do offer expedited turnaround for an additional fee.


If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at or call us at (619) 618-8003.


Our Take on Headshots

First Impression

Your headshot is an important investment in your career and your personal brand. Whether on your website, business card, advertisement, or social media profile, a headshot is often your first impression to potential clients, employers, or casting directors. 

Non-Verbal Communication

Research has proven people form immediate impressions about a person based on their appearance alone. A 2007 experiment by psychologists at Princeton University showed that 70% of the time, we can predict the winners of elections based only on looking at the candidate's faces, and candidates who appear more competent and trustworthy are more likely to win elections.* 

Headshots are often published in places you cannot physically be to introduce yourself, so a headshot's job is to communicate important characteristics about you in a single image without words. Non-verbal communication plays a big role in how people perceive you before they even meet you, so if you want to make a great first impression, it is crucial to have a headshot that communicates you are confident, approachable, professional, and trustworthy.

* click for source article.

The Photographer

Unlike many other photographers, we don't shoot everything we can get our hands on like weddings, events, and family portraits. Our experience and training is focused mostly on professional headshots. We go way beyond just snapping a quick photo of you; during the session we work one-on-one with you and help you look and feel comfortable in front of the camera. Each person who steps in front of the camera is different, and therefore requires a unique combination of posing, lighting, and camera techniques to emphasize their best features and minimize others. We coach you through body language, posing, and facial expressions to give you a confident and approachable impression.

The Image

A camera is only a tool to a photographer, but we don't disappoint when it comes to image quality. Your headshot will be shot through a few of Nikon's sharpest and most beautiful quality lenses mounted on one of Nikon's top professional DSLRs. We use a variety of lighting equipment to provide a flattering light for any subject. During the session, we shoot tethered to a computer for immediate image review. Your selected images are then retouched by our professional retoucher to enhance the overall image and clean up unwanted hairs and blemishes.

Take this small step to improve your personal brand - Book your session today.