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About Lead Role Studio

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My name is Christina Obligar, and I’ve played many roles throughout my life, re-inventing myself countless times.


After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2003, my life took a number of twists and turns. Over the next two decades, a few of the roles I found myself playing were: Model, actor, grad student, photographer, and lead technical instructor for a San Francisco tech company you definitely know.

We all play different roles at different stages in life.  Whenever you change careers, aim for a promotion, or re-imagine your life plans, it’s important to reshape the way decision-makers perceive you.

Christina Obligar

Headshot Photographer

I know first-hand how difficult it is to change careers or start a new business venture. You need to access all the resources at your disposal to get them to see you in that new role. 


Your headshot should reflect the image you want to project and the role you want to play, even if it’s radically different from your last. It should stop people in their tracks and show them your potential—who you’re set to become, regardless of the titles you’ve held in the past.


That’s what Lead Role Studio is all about.

A Different Take on Headshots


Traditional headshot photographers rush you in and out of their studios, usually in 15-20 minutes. But that's not how I prefer to work. 


It takes a little time to get you comfortable in front of the camera, and even professional models need guidance to capture the right look.


Most Lead Role photography sessions last 2 hours, giving us plenty of time to:


  • Experiment with different looks and expressions

  • Apply various backgrounds and lighting for different effects

  • Take our time to capture exceptional shots and make you look your best


Of course, that’s only part of the equation. It’s what happens before you step in front of my professional-grade portrait lens that sets the stage for your debut.

What Really Makes the Difference


Before we begin, I’ll take the time to help you discover the look you’re trying to achieve. And don’t worry if you don’t know what you want—it’s my job to draw that out of you.


Next, I use my training and experience as an NLP Certified Coach (another role I’ve played) to elicit an authentic vibe that gels with your unique value proposition.


I’ve worked with:


  • Professionals looking to express leadership prowess and competence

  • Creators who are more comfortable behind the scenes but want to convey their talents

  • Thought leaders looking to project vision and trustworthiness 

  • Actors and musicians aiming to capture that something special they bring to the table


Whatever you’re hoping to express with your images, I’ve got a bunch of techniques to get you out of your head, into your body, and ready to play the role of a lifetime. 

Bringing the Studio to You


Here’s something else I do differently. I’ll bring everything we need for a professional shoot directly to your home or workplace (lighting, backdrops, etc.). Setup and takedown add about an hour to my process, but it’s 100% worth it. 

Why come to you? Like most of us, you’re probably more comfortable in your own home. The more comfortable you are, the better our results will be.

Nothing but Headshots


I don’t do weddings. I don’t do events. 


I chose my medium-format digital camera because it’s ideal for headshots and portraiture. Thanks to its dynamic range, it provides a level of detail that other models lack, capturing skin tones flawlessly and delivering stunning results.


Simply put, I do one thing. And I do it right.

Ready to learn more? Let’s talk.


Book a free 15-minute consultation, and step into the role you were meant to play.

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