Zero Dean

Photographer Male San Marcos, California, US
Mayhem # 945

About Me

While I do occasionally provide TFP & testing opportunities (see below), I do not pay to work with models or talent. The only exception being if I am being paid by a *client* to provide the talent as well as the photography. In which case, I will seek you out personally or via casting call. Thank you.

Photographer | Author | Artist (Official Site)

Author of: Modeling Advice | Headshots Advice

Shooting professionally since 2004.
What people say about working with me.


Serves: Los Angeles <-> San Diego California, Las Vegas (seasonally), and available nationwide by special request.

STATUS: Working in Southern California.

(^Subject to change. Last updated: Whenever I last logged in)

Available to shoot?: Yes (inquire)
TF*/Testing Available?: *Yes (*with some caveats). Just ask.


My name is Zero Dean.

Formerly a full-time professional model & actor photographer as well as a AAA gaming company artist, I'm a published author and speaker.

While I no longer shoot full-time, I do actively accept clients when my schedule permits as well as occasionally seek out people for personal projects. I mostly serve SoCal & Las Vegas, but I'm available nationwide by special request.


I specialize in natural & available light photography, providing actor & model headshots, model portfolios, portraits, and professional photos for any purpose.

I love working with subjects of all experience levels, but I specialize in working with first timers, shy subjects, and people who are just starting out.

My goal is to give you the most comfortable and enjoyable experience possible while also providing useful information and skills that you can take with you to improve your future shoots (whether they are with me or someone else entirely).

NOTE: I am presently looking for subjects interested in collaborating on creative shoots (see my avatar for an example) in exchange for portfolio building opportunities and potential tear-sheets for a photo book I hope to publish by the end of the year.

About working with me:

People consistently say that I'm fun, friendly, and easy to work with.

While I am a professional, I do this for fun. This page explains my philosophy behind that. If we don't have a blast, then I'm doing it wrong.

I'm passionate about helping people achieve their goals --  not just through photography.

My work consistently gets people noticed.

I come with solid (and genuine) testimonials, both as a photographer and as a person.

Resources & Contact Info:

You may have read some of my modeling advice and not realized that I'm the original author (it's been copied and shared for years -- often without proper attribution).

If you're interested in working together or if you just have questions, come say hello. (official site) (photography site)

I have 1 Facebook page that people with ridiculously good taste follow:


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Jul 24, 2017 Providing TF* for testing purposes



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