Your headshot is your calling card. For actors, it is the image you send to agents to get the audition. For professionals, it is the image from which clients will get their first impression.
Whoever you are, you need to feel that your photo represents you. That it shows you as you are, confident and approachable. To achieve that, this headshot session is designed to remove pressure and encourages you to be bold, play, and most importantly, have fun.
A headshot session takes about three and a half hours. We can shoot up to five looks in that time. Each look is a change of clothes and (if needed) adjustments to hair and make up. There is no set limit to the number of photos we take. It's my goal to remove as much pressure from you as possible so you are able to relax and enjoy the session. We will take short breaks to review all the images we've shot and immediately discard any we don't like. These breaks also enable you to make adaptations. If something is or isn't working, you will be able to see it and you will be able to make changes toward achieving your desired look.
By the end of the session, we'll have between 50-100 shots that you've seen and have approved for processing.
Processing and Retouching
They sound similar, but they are two individual steps in the process.
Processing is what we do with the final 50-100 images you've selected. Processing includes color correction and small global adjustments to make them acceptable for proofing on the web. Once the images have been processed, they'll be uploaded to a dropbox folder for you to view and/or download. For quality control purposes these images are sized for the web and are not high resolution. They are for proofing.
Once you have made your selection of images you'd like retouched, then I go in and edit each of those images individually, removing blemishes and enhancing the tone of the image. Note, this is not me changing how you look. This is removing pimples, flyaway hairs, and other imperfections that popped up on the day of the shoot.
I recommend that you bring at least ten different tops. There is little need to bring many full outfits, unless you are expecting to take full body or 3/4 shots. Bring textures, bring layers. Don't worry about the seasons, you can bring sweaters in the summer, and tank tops in the winter. However, you should only bring clothes that make you feel good and that you enjoy wearing.
Hair and Make Up
Come with your hair styled as you would if you were going to an audition. This insures your look is consistent from image to reality. If you use a hair product, bring it along in case we need to touch up.
Hiring a make up artist is optional, however, I recommend it because you'll look and feel amazing. That goes for men just as it does for women. Even if you do not want to use make up, they can help manage shine and blemishes (pimples, tired eyes, etc). I have several makeup artists I work with and can recommend the best to suit your needs.
Men: If you've got a beard or stubble, feel free to bring your razor to the shoot. We can shoot you bearded, and then you can shave for a clean look.
Package and Scheduling
A session costs $325 and includes one high resolution, retouched image. Additional images from the shoot can be retouched for $25/per. Every final image is delivered in color and black & white. Why black & white? For those occasions when your photo will be printed in a Playbill or some other black & white publication. Also, your name layout can be included on the image if requested.
Headshots are scheduled in 4 hour blocks. Usually sessions will not use the full 4 hours, but often some of your best work will happen towards the end of a session once you've gotten comfortable in front of the camera. Having that extra time scheduled keeps us from having to rush and keeps you from feeling unnecessary pressure.
I accept cash, check, and credit (Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and American Express). A non-refundable, $175 deposit is required at the time of booking to schedule a session. The remaining balance must be paid at the beginning of the session.
My studio is conveniently located on Oakley Ave. near Addison and Western and is accessible by the Brown Line (Addison Stop), Addison Bus, and Western Bus. Ample street parking is available, and it's FREE.
If you've gotten this far I hope you've got a good idea how a session works. If you've got any additional questions you can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, call me at 773-257-3183, or fill out the contact form to the right.
I look forward to working with you!