Timeless Photography based in Los AngeleS

Bold | Authentic | Illuminating

Absolutely gorgeous. I’m so happy. Roxanne used a limited space to create a spectacular range of options for background and tone. She also made me feel at ease- no small task! I am blown away with the shots she got.
— Lili Sparks, Author headshot


Destination WeddinGS

Wherever you choose to declare your love, I promise to show up with skill, finesse and positive vibes. I’ve been lucky to work with some incredible couples with amazing taste in locations. A few places I’ve captured I do’s include: the idyllic Andalucian countryside of Spain, a historic chapel in Santa Barbara California, a family horse farm in Shelbyville Kentucky, a cliff-side Malibu elopement, the historic Biltmore Estate in Asheville North Carolina and the sensuous streets of Granada Nicaragua. I’m a romantic and will capture your wedding in a timeless and inspired way. Let’s lock in your date and celebrate!


Portraits & Headshots

When you only have one chance to make a first impression, let’s make sure you ace it. Portrait applications include: PR photos for creatives, Commercial & Theatrical Headshots, a professional look for your website or LinkedIn, as well as the increasingly popular “fun/sexy/natural” dating profile pic. So whether you’re looking for a swipe right (I got you!) or your entire company needs fresh corporate headshots (Haworth/ Citigroup), I’ll help capture a dashing version of you. Group rates available.


Branding & Lifestyle

Alright! Let’s kick your brand in gear! For your business to thrive, you have to be noticed. A branding editorial will be created to paint you and your products in such a light that people stand up take notice of who you are, what you do, and why they can’t live without you. Do you design jewelry? Launched a new app? Make bedding like the company pictured below? Let’s get the visuals you need to illuminate the spirit of your brand and what makes you/ your product unique.


FAmily & Maternity

You know those parents who had their hallways filled with smiling Olan Mills family portraits in matching white turtlenecks? Well as that slipped out of fashion, the desire to document family has not! Babies grow into children who become teens that eventually start dating and you wonder where the time has gone. There needs to be no special occasion for a family portrait. Mottled draperies aside, my modern approach is also classic. I look for real smiles and interactions as I hang out with you & yours. Starting at the beginning with maternity portraits, I love to capture these beautiful & dynamic changes in life. xx


Boudoir | Body

To be clear, a boudoir session isn’t for anyone else but you! You can disguise it as a gift for a partner, but truly it’s for you. My aim is to capture gorgeous images that highlight your natural beauty while capturing both your spirit and your best angles. I love to include film on these sessions. It’s tactile nature makes you feel like you can reach out and touch the image. It also feels safe and special in the moment. I tend to bring music and wine and these shoots are all about relaxing into your natural charm and coming out with a treasure trove of timeless pictures of you. You’re welcome to wear as little or as much as you want. I encourage all ages, bodies, shapes, colors & sizes to book with me.


Documentary & Events

When I was studying photojournalism at UNC Chapel Hill I found that I loved to immerse myself in a scene, capturing the simple & complex dramas of life as they unfold. Whatever story needs telling, you can rely on me to capture shots that are compelling, honest and substantive. I’ll capture bold imagery in a discreet manner. Below is an example of the LA Teacher’s Strike for NPR. Are you an NGO? Please reach out for special rates. Are you a person/company that wants an event covered in a style that doesn’t feel cheesy? Please get in touch.


Intro + Work Method

Hi there, I’m Roxanne, I’m based in Los Angeles and travel everywhere. I create images that are authentic, beautiful and full of life. Most of the time I aim to capture natural moments unfolding before me, sparkling and ephemeral. A combination of my background in photojournalism plus my love for James Bond movies has a way of helping me anticipate getting the right shot at the right time. Posed or unposed, I want my clients to have timeless images, and I’ll direct as needed. I look for the best light, most flattering angles and relevant backgrounds. When available light isn’t sufficient I’ll introduce additional lighting. I find the success of an image can usually be seen in how comfortable someone is in my presence, so I always do my best to make my subjects feel right at home, wherever we are.

Before a shoot begins, I’ll chat with my clients to get a sense of what they want and if there are any specifics. Once we have a plan, I allow room for spontaneity and remain open to ideas throughout the day.  A final set of images inevitably becomes a collaboration from both sides of the camera, merged together in an original way. I love that!

For most shoots I’ll show up with my Canon and various lenses to capture the scene. However, depending on the story, I still love to shoot on film and use 35mm and 120mm medium format cameras frequently. If you have special requests just ask- I’ll be as adventurous as my clients are willing to get an amazing shot! So far this has yielded getting up hours before dawn, hiking deep into canyons, wading chilly rivers and flying above the arctic circle. Following a shoot, I’ll edit and upload images to a private online gallery where you’ll be able to download your images.

Let me know your vision, however simple or complex. I look forward to connecting! xx Roxanne

p.s. Find me @roxanneturpenphoto | roxanne@roxanneturpen.com


Kind Words

The photos are perfect. We couldn’t be happier. She was amazing! She was flexible and made sure we got all the photos we wanted. She was also very warm and kind and made us feel right at home.
— Megan Faulkner, Bride
Roxanne is so wonderful! Her photographic style is absolutely stunning, and we were in love with all of the photos she took of our wedding. She put us all at ease, even though no one in my family likes getting their photo taken, and I honestly did not even notice her during the ceremony or reception. She was incredible, and I recommend her far and wide. Thank you Roxanne!
— Hannah Jahnke, Bride
Roxanne was great! We hired her to do professional headshots for a corporate event. She was on a tight timeframe to get everyone photographed but she did a great job and the pictures look great.
— April Cahill, Citigroup

Let’s Connect!

We can schedule your session and/or I can answer any questions you might have.

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