Chris Haston has been photographing the world’s biggest celebrities for over 35 years. With decades of experience on staff at NBC Universal, he has captured iconic images for hundreds of shows, creating memorable portraits, cast photos, unit stills, and key art.
Chris knows how to accommodate the fast-paced needs of a production while skillfully navigating the most outsized personalities. Whether he’s shooting in the studio, on set or location, at events, or behind the scenes, Chris has the skill and flexibility to consistently deliver world-class results.
Chris is now branching out and available to take on new creative work. He’d love to talk with you about your next project. Get in touch.
As a young kid, I was given a camera that was a Mickey Mouse head. His nose was the lens. I used to hold it up to the light, fascinated, looking through the back of it to see the quick light that passed through the shutter.
That obviously sparked my love for photography. I am still amazed that 1/500th of a second can be captured and studied as long as you want — a light painting of a moment in time, impossible to see by the naked eye.
I love the art of creating images, and feel so lucky to have done it professionally for over 40 years. I continue to find inspiration all around me. Sometimes, that will lead to personal projects, like my series, “Riding with Mary.” At all times, I feel like I have been blessed.
My stepdad put a camera in my hands when I was nine years old. He used to get all the classic photography magazines. I really loved the black-and-white photography and special effects. I began to emulate what I saw on those pages.
Back in the ’70s, while my friends rode skateboard ramps, I took the pictures. Growing up, my friends always said, “Chris, go get your camera.” In high school, I shot for the yearbook. At that point, I knew that I wanted to be a professional. I worked for the college I went to and quickly found a job shooting auto racing. I traveled the country (and escaped death a number of times).
After six years of that, I landed my dream job at NBC Studios. I began shooting The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. I came up in the era of “Must See TV,” shooting photos for Friends, Seinfeld, ER, The Office, Third Rock from the Sun, Frasier, Law & Order, Homicide: Life on the Street, Will & Grace, as well as many other hit NBC shows.
Now, I’m branching out to pursue new creative opportunities, in addition to my continued work in the entertainment industry. I’m excited to see what’s ahead!