What is the investment?
headshot Session rates start at $675. 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?
hiring a professional make-up artist is HIGHly encouraged. they help keep everything in check while we focus on creating moments. AND HERE'S WHAT'S UP: I CAPTURE THE YOU THAT'S IN FRONT OF ME. IF YOU HAVE DONE YOUR OWN HAIR/MAKE-UP AND IT'S NOT PROFESSIONALLY CLEAN/PHOTO READY, YOU AND I MAY NOT HAVE THE SKILLS TO "FIX" IT. I KNOW IT SOMETIMES LOOKS LIKE we MAKE MAGIC, BUT I ASSURE YOU IT'S MORE THAN MAGIC - IT'S SKILL AND TEAM WORK. DO yourself a solid and book a MUA.
What is the investment for a hair/make-up artist?
Make-up = $200-$250
hair + make-up = $250-$300
men's grooming = $175-200
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 $50 /hr.
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. 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 piece of mind, i work with an amazing stylist! Lee Hurst is a working actor/writer/comedian/stylist/all around amazing human in nyc who understands fashion, industry standard looks, headshot wardrobe, & getting to the heart of who you are and translating that visually! lee style website
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.
What is a "personality" portrait?
it's a term I completely made up. most people call this type of imagery "lifestyle" or "branding." it's a way of expressing who you are, what you stand for, and how you'd love the world to see that. the absolute best way to approach this is by thinking about yourself, your style/aesthetic, your favorite things, something that makes you laugh, even something as simple as i want to be photographed in this fabulous dress because it makes me feel like a princess! I can help you narrow it down with a questionnaire or a phone consultation. As an actor you are your business and personality portraits are 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.
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 that environment. 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 GAURANTEED.
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?
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 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 (if you've booked one) 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 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 2-3 months in advance. It's rare that you will be able to book a week or day in advance...but ya never know, right?! We sometimes get last minute openings and currently have a waitlist. 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 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 (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.