About Me

My name is Erika Killen and I am a Los Angeles-based Make-up Artist and Photographer specializing in portraiture.

 

I have spent many hours on film sets over the years as a Make-up Artist.  Upon exiting the make-up room, I always made a beeline for the Director of Photography, watching as he found his frame and stalking the Gaffer as he set up his lights, fascinated by their processes.  I always managed to come up with an excuse to peer through the DP's lens. It was fun imagining how I’d set the scene if I were the one behind the camera.

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My make-up career started in 2001 after graduating from a 400-hour Journeyman Program from LA’s top beauty & special make-up F/X school, Make-up Designory (MUD). I loved creating characters and making every client feel beautiful!

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My passion for photography started when my mom bought me my first film camera, which was  (at the risk of dating myself) a Kodak Flash Fun II Hawkeye Camera. Since that time and various camera models later, I've become "that girl with the camera glued to her face."

 

When my nephew was born, I was inspired to expand my technical knowledge of photography in order to best capture every fleeting moment and all of his ever-changing expressions. My digital SLR camera allowed me the creative control I was looking for and I’ve been hooked ever since.

 

Not able to decide which is the best job in the world; Make-up Artist or Photographer, the next logical step for me was obvious; to offer my clients a one stop shop for their portrait sessions. Some may say I’ve found my calling, but I tell them I’m finally what I wanted to be when I grew up.

 

I am a genealogist by hobby and an animal lover, currently residing in Los Angeles, CA with my beloved fur and feathered children.