Headshot  FAQ


How do I book?

   For headshots, this website features an integrated booking calendar, where you can see available dates and times, schedule your shoot, and pay your deposit to guarantee your appointment.  Once you've completed the online booking process, you will receive a confirmation email with all of the relevant logistical information for your shoot.  If you have any trouble with the scheduling page, please get in touch and we can schedule your appointment the old fashioned way.



Where are you located?

   I'm based in Los Angeles.  I shoot in a few different studio locations around the area, depending on scheduling and your preference.  If you would like to shoot on a specific side of town, please let me know in the special requests box when you schedule your shoot, and I'll do my best to accommodate.



What is a "look"?

   One look is considered one major wardrobe change.  Things like adding a hat, tie or jacket may be done within a single look, but changing into a new shirt would constitute a new look. When determining how many looks you'll need, think about the types of roles you're best suited to play, so that we can get you the shots you need to get those auditions.  Think in terms of range and character type, and be sure to discuss your shoot with your agent or manager prior to your shoot so that you're on the same page. 



What Should I Wear?

   Bring a selection of clothing options, and we can take some time at the beginning of your shoot to plan out your specific looks.  Unless you specifically need 3/4 or full length shots, you should only concern yourself with tops, since the photos will only frame your head and shoulders.  Wardrobe is a great opportunity to show off a bit of your personality, and the choices are ultimately up to you, but I do have some general tips.  First of all, bring clothes that you love.  Your favorite pieces will help you to immediately feel comfortable, and that comfort will translate into great headshots.  Also, try to avoid anything that draws too much attention away from your face, like complicated patterns or graphics.  Interesting textures, like denim and leather, tend to photograph well, as do layers- jackets, scarves, etc.  If you'll be shooting commercial shots, it's also best to bring some shirts in bright, bold colors. Of course, if you don't bring it, we can't shoot it, so be sure to bring a good range of options.



Hair & Makeup

   I work with a fantastic hair & makeup artist, who sets her own rates for headshots. If you choose to get hair/makeup for the shoot, you should arrive with a clean face and clean hair, and she will set you up before we begin shooting. She will then stay for the entire shoot to keep everything in order, and make any necessary changes between looks. I highly recommend that any women getting headshots also get hair and makeup, since doing makeup for the camera is different than makeup for daily life. I don't require that anyone gets hair and makeup for the shoot, but, again, I do highly recommend it for women. For men, hair and makeup is less necessary, but if you require special grooming or styling, it is available. Also, if you are able to grow facial hair, you have the option to come to the shoot with stubble or facial hair, and shave or trim between looks. More information on hair and makeup services is available on the rates page.



Viewing & Retouching

   After we finish shooting, I will upload your images to a secure web album for viewing. You can share this album with friends, family, agents, etc., to help choose the images you would like to have retouched. I include 1 retouched image with each look, and shoot with retouching in mind. I retouch every selected photo myself, and make sure that they don't look too "retouched." I keep skin tones and texture natural-looking, while minimizing blemishes, under-eye circles, stray hairs, or other unwanted elements. The goal is to accurately reflect what you look like on your best day. I also correct contrast and color tones for optimal impact.  If you have any particular retouching requests or requirements, let me know and I will do my best to accommodate.  Retouching generally takes 2-3 days, at which point I will deliver two versions of each selected image, one full resolution, uncompressed version for printing, and another smaller file, optimized for online uploads and email attachments. 



Do you offer natural light shoots?

   I shoot all of my headshots in the studio, primarily so that I can offer consistent, flexible lighting, privacy, and comfort. I began my career shooting outdoors with natural light, but found that I would often run into weather issues, making it more difficult to deliver the best possible results. Wind can ruin your hair, heat can lead to sweaty, shiny skin, and cold can make the whole shoot really unpleasant. In the studio, everything is under control, I can mimic natural light, but also have the flexibility to create more dramatic styles, all with full control of the thermostat.