How much do your headshot sessions cost?
My sessions start at $375 and go up from there based on how many looks, addition of makeup and/or hair, etc. I offer a student rate and group rates for 5+ people. Please use the form on the CONTACT page to inquire about rates.
Do your sessions include makeup & hair?
Makeup and Hair are not included, but can be added for an additional fee. You can check out the artists that I work with by going my ABOUT page.
Can I do my own makeup and hair?
If you want to, sure! However, I highly suggest hiring one of my artists as it is one less thing you have to worry about on the day of the shoot. As an actor, I have done shoots where I didn’t hire someone and where I did, and after I did hire someone I decided I would never do a shoot again without one on set.
What is a SlateShot? Do I really need those?
You’re probably registered on a site called ActorsAccess. For each headshot you upload to the site you can attached a 7 second video introducing yourself. This is a SlateShot! It’s basically a live action version of your headshot. The benefit to attaching the SlateShot to your headshot is that when you submit for auditions on the site, all submissions that have SlateShots are shown to casting first. That means with them you have a better chance of getting seen and without them your submission might not show up until casting has already filled their appointment slots. So, from one actor to another, YES, you most definitely need them. One SlateShot per look is included in your session fee!
Are there any additional charges that aren't included in the packages?
The only extra charges are if you want extra looks/edits, need your proofs/edits expedited, or if you want additional SlateShots. Everything else from edits to a hi-res download of your session is included in the pricing.
What is a "look"?
Great question and each photographer has a different answer for this. For me, a look is done when we change the base of it. So, if you put on a t-shirt, then throw a cardigan over it, but also brought a leather jacket that you want to pair with it, and then want to add some glasses and/or change your hair, that would ALL be considered one look to me. Once we change that t-shirt, we are moving on to the next look.
What kind of clothing should I bring?
I love clothing that not only has great color, but also great texture. And by texture I mean heathered, faded, woven, something that is not just your typical cotton. Now, don't get me wrong, a cotton t-shirt is totally fine, but adding a little bit of texture to your wardrobe is just going to make it pop more. I tell everyone to bring an assortment of t-shirts, tank tops, sweaters, cardigans, blouses, dress shirts, jackets, blazers, pants, skirts, dresses, and sometimes that means bringing your whole closet and that is perfectly fine! The more options we have to work with, the more likely you will get photos you love.
With that being said, I always tell people to bring clothing that they feel great in or constantly get complimented on. Also, if you have had a piece of clothing for more than two years, I usually ask that you go buy a new one for the shoot as we don't want your clothing to look "used". You can always return it after the shoot. Like I said above, the more options you bring, the more fun we will be able to have.
What is a typical session like?
Prior to your session, we will chat about where you see yourself in this business and what shots, whether headshots or editorial, catch your eye. I have a little research document that I make everyone complete for me to as this helps me understand what you as an actor/performer are attracted to and the parts that you will be going out for. We'll chat about what clothing works for those types and what doesn't, we can even put a couple outfits together before you arrive.
On the day of the shoot, you will show up with your suitcase of options in tow. 90s music will probably be blasting when you walk in, but we can listen to whatever you want (I highly suggest making your own playlist). Music definitely helps make the whole experience less stressful. We will unpack all of your clothing options and while Morgan does your hair and makeup, I will be looking at the clothes. Once Morgan is done, you will get in front of the camera and we will have some fun.
I'm all about the client taking control in our sessions as that allows the genuine you to shine in the photos. What I mean by this is that there are no wrong choices in my studio. You can sit how you want to, stand how you do on a daily basis, you can even lie on the ground if you want to, BUT I'm there to be your director, so you might not stay on the ground for too long. Together, we will get some awesome photos that you will be proud to walk in to any audition room with.
How long does it take to get my proofs?
You will have a link in your email no later than 5 business days after your session. From that link you will be able to view your photos, allow others to view them, and download hi-res versions of all photos for you to have for the rest of your life.
Should I get my photos edited?
The simple answer, YES. If you plan to use any on your website, in promotional materials, or get them printed, then I highly suggest you get them edited. I do my best to make each photo as perfect as possible, but there are so many things that we can do in photoshop to enhance a photo and make it 1000 times better.
How long does it take to get my edits back?
Edits take about 1 week to get back to you. You can rush them for an additional charge.
Do you shoot outdoors?
Headshots, no. By shooting indoors, we have so much more control over everything. Plus we won't have to worry about it being freezing or extremely hot, your hair constantly blowing in the breeze, or it raining. You will be a much happier, less stressed person in a studio setting as it gives you less to worry or think about.
Branding/Lifestyle, yes! We will discuss what it is you are looking for and decide together where, whether it be outdoors or in a studio, we can accomplish those shots.
Do I get to look at the photos while we're shooting?
I will usually choose a couple to show you, but I prefer not to show them only because I don't want you to think about anything other than being present and having a great time. When we start to look at photos, clients usually focus on all the small imperfections that can be fixed after the shoot. And I always tell my clients that you should only focus on what is happening in your eyes as that is the only thing I cannot edit, the intention in your eyes.
What if I don't like the photos, do you do reshoots?
Reshoots are at the description of the photographer. If there are technical problems with the photos, of course, we will gladly discuss a reshoot. If a reshoot is decided upon by all parties, all photos from the first session must be forfeited and cannot be used for any or all purposes.
How did you get started taking headshots?
While in college, I was taking some photography classes and a friend of mine said "Hey! I know you have a nice camera and I need some new shots. Can you take some?" At the time, I had no idea what I was doing, but after that first shoot I knew I had a knack for making people comfortable in front of the camera. And I’ve had a blast shooting over 500 people since then!
If you have any questions that are not answered here, please feel free to reach out via the CONTACT page!