DO I NEED A MAKE-UP ARTIST?
Professional make-up for women is highly encouraged. Your make-up artist not only takes the burden of you doing your own off your shoulders, but is also a top-notch perfectionist when it comes to their artistry. That means less re-touching and color correcting and a more naturally beautiful YOU.
Professional hair is optional. It's super important your headshot looks like you as you would at an important audition (or a first date maybe?). Your everyday hair rocks! That said, if you feel more comfortable having your artist do your hair, that can be easily done!
I work with several make-up artists depending on availability. They are each absolute ROCKSTARS in their field. If there is a certain artist you'd like to work with (who's work you've seen on my social media pages) please let me know as the availability/shoot dates I send you will differ. Some of the artists also provide make-up lessons where you can learn all the techniques you need to look fresh-faced & fab (& like that best-version-of-you-headshot) for all of your future auditions.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR/BRING?
Wear what you love and bring what makes you happy. It's absolutely the most important that you feel fantastic in whatever you bring. Get funky with color (but not too funky with tiny patterns) and throw a few neutral colors in there. I'm partial to luxurious texture: denim, satin, chiffon, light knitwear, (p)leather etc. If you are having issues with what to wear/colors, I work with a FANTASTIC stylist (for an additional cost) who will go over wardrobe with you beforehand and keep your clothing looking fresh and well fitted for the entire shoot process.
Other than wardrobe, bring the make-up you normally use and a hairbrush.
I have a steamer, iron, blow-dryer, hair straightener, curling iron, baby wipes, lotion, and a bunch of other stuff here. If I haven't listed it, just ask!
What is a "LOOK?"
A "look" is a combo of your hair/make-up/wardrobe and the lighting/vibes we are shooting. For example, you may want one look to be bright and commercial, while the other is deep and dramatic.
If you bring light jackets to layer (denim/leather/khaki/flannel), they will not count as separate looks. Throwing a jacket over your top and keeping the same mood going will not change the pace of our shoot.
INDOORS OR OUTDOORS?
If you've browsed my portfolio, you know I love me both an outdoor and indoor portrait.
If we have the option of going outside and you've booked me to shoot 2 or more looks, we can totally explore outdoors. The city will provide us with a plethora of backgrounds and fun locations. If we have a summer downpour, are doing a branding/life-style shoot, and you're up for it, we can TOTALLY go play in the rain for a few photos. Outdoor winter headshots are completely up to you and your comfort level. Rest assured, I certainly will not have you freezing on me and we can absolutely duck into the nearest coffee shop (or head back into the studio!).
NATURAL LIGHT VS. STUDIO LIGHT
You'll notice, I love it all! Sometimes I shoot completely studio light, sometimes I mix light, sometimes it's 100% natural light. Before we shoot, let's go through my portfolio together- show me what speaks to you.
CAN I LOOK AT MY PHOTOS DURING MY SHOOT?
I will show you select images as we go at my discretion. Looking at every image becomes a huge distraction to you. It's very important you connect with me and the camera instead of worrying about what you look like. You'll find your favorite images are the ones where you are "in the moment." Your make-up artist (if you've booked one) and I will make sure everything is in check as we shoot- make-up, hair, clothing, etc.
How far in advance do I need to book?
We can schedule our session as far as 4 months in advance. It's typical that you will need to book a month in advance. It's rare that you will be able to book a week in advance...but ya never know, right?! Let's GO FOR IT!
How do I get my photos back after we shoot?
You will be sent a gallery of your session with the high-res and web sized images approximately 7 days after your shoot (for an additional cost, I can make your gallery priority, and you'll get your photos back in 48 hours). From there, you go through all your fun new pics and send me (or a recommended retoucher) your select images for re-touching and you'll have those files back in another 7 days (these can also be made "priority" at an additional cost and you will get your retouched images back in 48 hrs)! Ta da!
Do I NEED TO GET MY IMAGES RETOUCHED?
Light retouching is definitely recommended on headshots. Why? It's helpful when guiding the viewer directly to your eyes. It's great to get rid of distractions that might cause a casting director or agent to look somewhere besides your eyes: a pimple that's not normally present on your face, stray hairs that catch the light funny, a piece of lint on your top we overlooked while shooting, tiny specks of mascara that crumbled onto your cheeks, etc. I'm not a fan of over-retouching images and will always ask you to be my second pair of eyes in making sure I haven't smoothed over a freckle you are fond of or a wrinkle you find cute. Some of my sessions include retouched images by me, but you may also send your high-res images elsewhere (I recommend Reproductions or ColorWorksNYC).
Many of the images in my Personality portfolio have not been retouched. Why? It's unnecessary when we are celebrating you in all your glory.