About 1st Image
Bob Messina, owner/photographer of 1st Image Photography, offers his services on location in an environmental setting or a studio setting. He services most photography needs from action shots to weddings. Bob is one of the pioneers in instant digital photography.
Bob lives in Santa Clarita with his wife Angie and their two dogs, Midnight and Mocha. Angie helps with the accounting side of the business and assists at photo events with their instant digital portrait system printing images at the event to take home. Suzanne Klein helps with the day-to-day operation of the business.
Bob is a graduate of Alemany High School and earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Loyola Marymount University. Bob was a high school and major college sports official, umpiring professionally, working a college world series and several CIF Southern and L.A. City Sections finals. He officiated in 5 sports.
Bob markets 1st Image Photography to L.A. and Ventura Counties, but will go anywhere a client requires. He has filled assignments in Las Vegas and San Diego and Orange Counties.
Because he is diligent about education in his profession, he attends seminars and educational classes in his chosen field. In addition, he is a member of Professional Photographers of America, Sports and Event Photographers, Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association, Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, Valley Industrial Association and the Knights of Columbus.
Bob Messina enjoys working with his clients in a fun, relaxed and creative atmosphere. He directs all his photo shoots and events – he conceives what will work for a shot as long and the client is willing to have fun.
He tells his clients:
“It’s your photo, play, give me your best pose, we can tweak it.”
“It’s your picture, you give me what you want in it.”
“Photos are a luxury, make it a fun, pleasurable experience!”
Sunlight is used as an effective lighting technique in all his outdoor work, especially in the early morning or late afternoon. His favorite subjects include family photos, groups, single subjects, buddies, scenic, travel and nature.
Clients include high schools groups, nursing and allied health programs, and other requested needs. Commercial clientele include Referee Magazine, Curtiss-Wright Controls, PDA Products, Bayless Engineering, Morton Manufacturing, China Manufacturing Alliance, Ralphs and Food 4 Less, Disney, U.S. Sales Corporation, the Universities of Miami and Michigan (Rose Bowl Tailgate Parties), New Direction Event Planning, John Pramik Entertainment, Fortune Entertainment, Meggitt Controls and Testequity, among many others.
1st Image instant digital portraits enable clients to view images in seconds, and portraits to be printed to take home. Photographed events include family nights at Sacred Heart of Jesus, North Park and Charles Helmers Schools, Mother/Son events at Cathedral and Salesian HS, Senior Celebration at Desert Christian HS, reunions and other events.
Nursing and Allied Health clients include CSU, Channel Islands, Ventura, Moorpark, Pierce, Long Beach CC, Cerritos, Rio Hondo and many other colleges.
Bob and Angie both love working with people. 1st Image Photography offers several flexible programs and packages. Many options enable customers to create their own custom personal packages to meet their needs. Bob has his own photographic team consisting of several proven professional freelance photographers and a production staff to fill needs when he is unable to personally handle the assignment.