Portrait sessions are a personal favorite of mine and are very intimate. I love the 'challenge' of connecting with another human being with only a camera between us. I find it fascinating -- watching layers of a person unravel the more relaxed they become in front of my lens, and as I get to know them beyond our email or phone call exchanges.

Casey Hempel is a Screenwriter, Director, and recent honors graduate from the New York Film Academy in Burbank, CA, with a Masters of Fine Arts in Screenwriting and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Film-making. After being involved in acting as a pre-teen, Casey discovered the magic of movies and television behind the camera. She believes her purpose in life is to spread the good news of the Lord through film. Throughout her college career, Casey wrote and directed numerous short films and commercials while teaching Zumba Fitness and working as a Character Performer (Princess) on the weekends. No matter what the task is, she is always sure to bring dedication and hard work.

 

Casey’s short film, In Good Faith, won Best Comedy (Short) at the 2016 Great Lakes Christian Film Festival and received an Award of Merit at the 2016 Christian Life International Film Festival.

 

Casey currently resides in Burbank, CA where her apartment overlooks a city of stars. She continues to write and direct with her most recent project being the pilot of her web series, Fitness Princess. To this day Casey recites her favorite movie quote once a day, "I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen".

Can you guess which movie it's from?

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Casey | Portrait Session | New Hope, PA

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