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My Process

What is a headshot?

A headshot is a photograph of a person where the head and face are clearly shown.  A headshot typically comes in an 8×10 print format.  Back in the 80’s headshots were black and white and super tight in, showing only from the shoulders up.   In the 90s there was a huge trend in getting three-quarter shots.  Three-quarter shots show the actors from about the knees up.  Then when color became inexpensive in the late 90s bright colors became very popular. Also, studio shots with lots of draping fabrics became all of the rage.  About five years ago clean crisp greens and blues for the backdrops were huge.

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My Process

Right before the shoot starts, we will have a talk with a cup of tea or coffee where I will find the specifics of what you need and how the headshots will be used so that I can tailor our shoot to match your needs.  My specialty is headshots that will be used in either print or digital medium for actor and modeling castings, real estate billboards, and corporate literature.  During our shoot, I will provide you with direction how to better express yourself so that we can obtain the shoots that are truthful and that genuinely represent the real you.

My goal is to ensure that you are able to fully express yourself within an environment that you feel comfortable with.  I strive to create images that bring your natural self and that are original, black and white or full in color, for your photographs to be personal and full of expression.  My studio is not a factory – I plan, design, and create every headshot and I am invested in every single shot I take.  I want your headshot to truly and naturally project your personality in a manner that is impactful, to intrigue the casual observer, and to make your images stand out from an online gallery, a pool of headshots or portraits, and to make that observer or a casting director “want to see more” images of you.

Retouching

I am not looking to create an enhanced digital representation of you but rather your true and real self.  This is why I always try to keep retouching to a minimum.   My focus will only be on the imperfections that are temporary, not that enhances or removes those which make you who you are.  However, some images do require specific retouching work for which I can provide you with fashion grade and advanced retouching best tailored to their intended use.  However, I strongly recommend that you invest in a makeup artist as a makeup artists will balance your skin tones and diminish skin imperfections.

Clothing

I recommend that you bring a range of different options for clothing. You will receive adequate guidance on both makeup and dressing attire to ensure that the headshots you are looking for are always first class and are distractions free.  I suggest you bring a range of different colors and necklines.  Try keeping your jewelry to a minimum as it mostly serves as a distracting element.  Studs or small earrings work and simple necklaces, anything hanging or chunky will usually very distracting for headshots.

 

Make-up

A makeup artist that is fully knowledgeable about my process will be provided depending on the package you have selected.  If you would like to apply makeup yourself, I suggest you start your makeup once you arrive at my studio and have discussed the specifics of what you intend to get out of your images.  Should I notice that your makeup has been overdone, my recommendation will be to remove it all together.  You can always add more makeup during the session.  I always suggest keeping makeup and hair as natural as possible.  Avoid using too much contrast between colors and also avoid using any special hair conditioner for your hair – just keep it dry and natural!

What Should I bring to the shoot?

I suggest you bring between 5 to 6 style tops from the list below:

  • Black and a white shirt
  • Black and a white t-shirt/top (‘V’ and ‘ a wide round’ neck)
  • Black dress (for girls)
  • Black ‘V’ and ‘wide round’ jumper.
  • Turtle neck jumper
  • A few tops that match the color of your eyes. (Please avoid bringing grey garments and garments with print or pattern as it will distract the viewer from the main focus of your headshot: your eyes.)  Also make sure all your garments have wide scoop neckline. this is important. Wide scoop makes your neck look longer and shows your collar bones.

After The Session

Once the shoot is complete, we will go through all of your images and I will be giving you my input on the shoots that I feel are the absolute best.  All of your images will also be uploaded to a private online gallery where you will be able to select the images you like.  You can also send this link to anyone you like.

Depending on your package you will be a specific number of images to choose for final retouching work.  I will then work on the blemishes and work on the adjustments required to give it the final look to make it look even better.  Agents usually like to see between 20-30 shots in a gallery to help you pick the final shots for retouching.  Once you select your photos, I will then provide you with access to your high-resolution images in a few days.

How do I Pay?

A minimum of a 50% is required to book a session which goes towards the total.  You will be provided with payment options depending on the package you select.

How do I Book a Session?

You can book your headshot or portrait session by emailing me at [email protected] or by calling my studio Monday through Friday 10 am to 6 pm at 619-320-8184.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, if you’d like to talk about specialized pricing, or if you’d like to schedule an in-studio or on location headshot session.  You may reach me at [email protected] or by phone/text/WhatsApp at (619) 320-8184