The Headshot Session
The Headshot Session
The headshot session is designed to provide you with personal branding materials to promote yourself within your industry. In order to do this, we will shoot a variety of looks. I like to provide a range of options, so that you are able to use multiple shots for different purposes. I don’t put a limit on the number of shots I’ll take, so we will shoot each look until I feel we have captured it.
We will edit the entire shoot together via an approval process. You will end up with images, which you have approved as potential candidates. By shooting and editing in this manner, we can adjust the focus of the shots to account for anything we feel might have been missed. You are very involved in the process, and we collaborate to provide you with the best possible results. This ensures that you are pleased with the outcome of the session.
The shots we take during the session will be made available on your own password protected webpage. You will be able to give the username and password to friends, family, agents, casting directors and anyone else who might help you choose the shots you decide to use.
Retouching & Printing
Once you've chosen your final shots you can order retouching and printing services. For quality control purposes, all of my work is handled by either myself or my retoucher. So, if you choose to shoot with me, you will not be given high resolution files for retouching and printing on your own. This helps to ensure the quality of my product from beginning to end. If you have any questions regarding this, please feel free to discuss it with me.
My retoucher is an integral part of my workflow, and is able to handle everything after the shoot. We process the files at high resolution, prep them for printing, and retouch them for you. Upon choosing your images, we will work on them and set up an appointment for you to view and approve the retouching. You will critique the shots along with us and we will fine tune the retouching to your liking. We do all work in a non destructive way, such that you will be able to see the before and after of each shot before approving it for printing.
I ask that everyone bring a bunch of different clothing options. For the most part, you only need to bring along shirts and blouses, unless you plan on doing three-quarter length shots as well. The best advice I can give you is to bring a variety of your favorite tops. I may choose to shoot more than 3 looks, so please make sure you have an adequate range of looks with you.
You have to love it! Any number of things can work, but my clients tend to shoot with greater success when they are wearing things they feel great in. Don’t be afraid to mix it up with different cuts, colors, layers and textures. Bring attire that reflect you and your personality. Please try to avoid fuzzy and pilled sweaters. In addition, please avoid tops that overly revealing. My preference is for solid colors, as this works well for our purposes.
Please avoid wearing necklaces, and dangling earrings. While these items might enhance your outfit, they only serve as distractions in a headshot session. Small stud earrings are an excellent option. Of course, if you have questions or concerns, please reach out.
Hair & Makeup
If you feel you can handle make-up on your own, that is ok, but not recommended. I want you 100% focused on your shoot, so handling makeup can be a distraction. Makeup worn for a shoot can vary greatly from what you are used to wearing everyday, so it's important to have a professional there for you. If you do decide to do your own, then make sure you show up with your makeup ready to roll. If you require a make-up artist, I can assist in bringing one in for you. The fee paid to the hair and makeup artist is a separate transaction and should be paid directly to them, preferably in cash.
If you choose to handle your own makeup, please take note of the following:
Your makeup should not be caked on. We want to showcase you, not the makeup. So, please don't use a heavy hand when applying.
Highlight what needs to be highlighted, but be aware that the camera will pick up every detail.
Blend really well! This is very important. Transition lines are not attractive. As you move from cheek to eye socket, the transition lines should be smooth and blended.
Please avoid using a powdered foundation or cover up. The powder is easily visible in head shots and requires special attention in the retouching process. A liquid foundation or cover up is preferable.
I ask that everyone come in with their hair as if they were presenting themselves to a casting director for an audition. We want your headshot to match the way you look in person on a regular basis. It must be something that you can recreate at will. It is not required, but men may hire the makeup artist if you feel you need grooming on the shoot.
Also, for guys who grow decent scruff, feel free to come with some growth. We can shoot with facial hair; you can shave, then we can shoot some more. So bring your razor, grooming tools, etc.
If you end up choosing me as your photographer, you have agreed that it's your responsibility to convey anything that you feel needs improvement over the course of the session. I want nothing more than to have you completely satisfied with the outcome, and it is relatively easy to make adjustments during the session. However, once the session is over it is your responsibility to work with the images that we decided to keep, and I accept no responsibility should you feel any other way. I want your shoot saturated with amazing shots, and have no problem deleting shots during the editing process in order to keep the best of the best, or photograph more to make sure we nailed it.
I feel that I have a great eye and consider myself a specialist in my field. However, I have no control of how others (agent, publicist, spouse, friends, etc.) will react to your session after you leave my studio. If, for any reason, something causes you to doubt the marketability of any part of your session and you would like to add another look, I charge a $150 fee for another hour of shooting.
As stated above, anything that you feel could be improved upon should be discussed during your session in order to avoid having to come back for the additional hour, so I need to charge for my time for this service. This offer is only available for 30 days from your original session.
A deposit of is required to book a session, this is non-refundable and goes towards the total. I accept cash, check and all major credit cards. (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Discover).
When shooting women that choose to have their makeup done, I stagger the sessions to allow for makeup. The sessions generally last about 2 hours without makeup and 2 1/2- 3 1/2 hours with my makeup artist. I ask our clients to give us 3 days notice should you need to cancel your session, otherwise you forfeit your deposit.
I am happy to meet with anyone for a free consultation in the studio or Skype, or discuss details by phone. During a consultation you will get to know me a bit, we will go over some of the details of the shoot, and answer any other questions you may have.
Thanks for taking the time to read through all this Information. I know it’s a ton of stuff, but I hope this has given you a good idea of what to expect. If you still have questions feel free to ask! I look forward to working with you!