- Name: Renae D’Andrea
- Title: Photographer
- Hometown: Bridgetown
- Current home: Harrison
- Proudest career accomplishments: 1. Receiving as a civilian the distinguished Military Challenge Coin from a 4-Star general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2. Meeting and photographing many celebrities
- Favorite local hangouts: El Mariachi and Triple Cats in Harrison, OH.
“You don’t have to be a model or actor to look like a star,” Renae D’Andrea proclaims confidently–and she should know. With over 30 years of experience taking headshots, Renae has photographed a wide range of subjects, including Gregory Hines, Danny Glover, Barbara Bush, Roger Staubach, Barbara Walters, and Archbishop Desmund Tutu. Another memorable political figure that Renae photographed was the former Prime Minister of Pakistan (and first female Prime Minister) Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated just weeks after the portrait was taken.
Although she’s photographed those who are well-accustomed to being the focus of the camera lens, most of Renae’s subjects start out with more hesitation. Many assume they aren’t photogenic and their headshot won’t turn out great.
“Everyone has the ability to take a great portrait,” says Renae. “I love to prove people wrong.”
Renae’s compassion for her subjects is rooted not only in her experience in working with so many people over the years, but it also arises from her own feelings about getting her photo taken. “I absolutely dread it,” she says, ” so I know what’s going on in the minds of the people in front of my camera lens.”
“80% is mental and 20% is preparation,” Renae says, “And I’ll do whatever I can to make it a great experience.”
After graduating from Antonelli Institute of Art & Design with a her associates degree in fine arts (’88), Renae spent her early career gaining experience by taking personality portraits of local musicians and bands to use as promos, as well as portfolio images for models and actors. She later returned to Antonelli to teach portraiture techniques and lighting from 2006-2008.
Building her own portfolio of portraits while honing her technical skills has resulted in a successful photography career for Renae, who joined Sibcy Cline full time in 2020. “I strive to stay current with trends and continue to incorporate it into my photography,” Renae says.