FAQs

What is the investment?

headshot Session rates start at $775. Please inquire and we will send you a complete list of what we offer. discounts are available for returning clients. 

Do I need to book a hair/make-up artist?

we require a make-up artist at every shoot (w/ few exceptions). they help keep everything in check while we focus on creating moments.

What is the investment for a hair/make-up artist?

Make-up = $200+
hair + make-up = $250+
men's grooming = $200+

Pricing is dependent upon the artist. These are the standard rates for headshot hair/make-up based on up to 3 hrs of work on set with us. Additional time with make-up artist on set is optional and cost is accrued per hour.

How far in advance do I need to book?

we tend to book up very quickly and schedule around 4 months in advance. I only work with a certain number of people each year on headshots and personalized branding images. when you inquire you will be directed to our scheduling calendar. If no dates are available, you should check in with us at a later date for latest availability. We do not hold a cancellation list as cancellations are extremely rare.  Let's GO FOR IT!

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. we love texture: denim, satin, chiffon, light knitwear, (p)leather etc. we also love a good basic. almost any color goes. no logos and crazy patterns. If you are having issues with what to wear/colors, let's chat. I have so many mood boards. so. many. mood. boards. 

the studio has a steamer, blow-dryer, hair straightener, curling iron, and a bunch of other stuff you may need. If I haven't listed it, just ask!

if you would like some more piece of mind, I’m happy to recommend a couple of stylists.

What is a "look?"

A "look" is a combo of your hair/make-up/wardrobe and the lighting/background 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 layers (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.  

Do you offer 1-look shoots?

there is no special rate for only 1 look. our most basic session is up to 2 looks. as an artist on a mission, I am incapable of shooting only one look. it’s literally never happened lolz.

How are portraits different from headshots? How do I prepare for a portrait session?

a headshot technically is a type of portrait, but not all portraits are headshots (it’s like the square/rectangle relationship). in this industry, we tend to completely separate the terms. The headshot session is focused on facial imagery that’s industry accepted. The portrait session gives us, quite literally, more space to explore. Portraiture is a way of expressing who you are, what you stand for, and how you'd love the world to see that through light and color. the best way to approach a portrait session is by thinking about yourself, your style/aesthetic, your favorite things, something that makes you laugh. It can be as simple as i want to be photographed with/in _(insert clothing/prop/location)_ because it makes me feel _(insert emotion)_! I can help you narrow it down via email or over the phone. As an actor you are your business and portraiture is a way for you to "brand" yourself and give everyone an idea of who you are/your perspective. Let's have a phone call and chat about this. most photographers have their own style and ideas of how they’d like to style/direct you. I’m all over the place stylistically, so we can do whatever the heck we dream of together.  You want to wear your pj’s and eat waffles in your images? Fine by me. you want to own your body positive power and just wear your calvins? Fine by me. You want to look like the most elegant diva to ever walk the earth? Also, fine by me. these are real life examples.

If you’d rather not pre-plan and just want to explore and create with me, I offer a special session that’s just that. You show up and we make images out of thin air for a couple hours. It always ends up being brilliant and gallons of fun.

Indoors or outdoors?

each can be amazing in different ways! 
Indoor studio work will provide a controlled environment. No extraneous elements creeping into our shot that we sometimes get outdoors. you may prefer this.
if you're a go-with-the-flow kind of person (i am too!) we should probably run around outside and take pics if it's a nice day. 

Outdoor headshots are only available April-October, with possible leeway in freakishly good weather. OUTDOOR HEADSHOT SESSIONS CAN NOT BE GuaRANTEED. 

Natural light vs. studio light?

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 the shoot?

you will be shown 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 the moment instead of worrying about what you look like. You'll find your favorite images are the ones where you are creating some sort of expression from the inside out.  Your make-up artist and I will make sure everything is in check as we shoot- make-up, hair, clothing, etc. 

Can I bring my significant other/best friend/other persons?

Outside of children w/ parents and support dogs, the answer is no. If you truly feel you need a certain person at your shoot for support, we can talk about it. Otherwise, extra bodies in the space gets weird because they usually end up sitting in the corner on their phone. 

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 jpgs approximately 10 days after your shoot. 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 10 days (these can 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.  

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.