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As an actor, entertainer or business professional you'll know that your headshot is often the first point of contact for casting directors, employers and associates so it's important to ensure you make the right impression. You want an image that truly captures you, not just aesthetically but emotionally too.
We will have a chat (maybe over a tea or coffee) and I can explain how I work. We can discuss outfit ideas and I can answer any questions that you might have. We can review what you want from the images, to ensure you get what you need from the shoot. This will help you feel confident and more at ease with me and the process. If you have a favourite playlist or type of music, let me know or bring it along and I'll connect it to the bluetooth. 'Your' music can sometimes help to get you in the right frame of mind.
Will be informal and relaxed. Sometimes people try too hard or feel nervous, which is totally understandable, but can also be counter-productive. I won't just leave you up there, I'll talk you through it and together we'll create the right environment to achieve the best shots possible.
A session typically lasts between 1 to 2 hours (depending on whether you have a student or full shoot) and it can include as many dress changes and breaks as required. Four changes of outfit is usually more than enough though.
No problem whatsoever. I work with loads of people who are having headshots done for the first time. I'll talk you through it and take extra care to make sure you are reassured and relaxed!
The truth is, a lot of people don't like having their pictures taken, so it's perfectly normal to feel that way. We can work with it though instead of fighting against it and help to make you more relaxed.
Don’t worry. I can easily sort that out in post-production. You won’t even know its there.
Whatever works best for you. If you feel more comfortable having someone there with you then that's fine.
I recommend clothing or tops that are quite plain and don't distract the attention away from you. Avoid loud patterns and logos. A grey coloured top often seems to work well for most people. Also if you have something that is similar to your eye colour then bring it along, it will help to make your eyes pop. If you have brown eyes, I appreciate you might not have a brown coloured top so grey or green usually works well.
Simple layering can also work quite well. Be aware of how low the neck line on your top is, especially if you're wearing it underneath a jacket. As it's only a head and shoulders image, it can sometimes look like you are wearing a jacket with nothing underneath if the neck line is very low!
It might also be worth considering what job or roles you will be applying for or how you want to be represented. Most of all make sure you bring an item that is typically you and is something that you feel good in.
I know that clothes can get creased en-route so I have a rail for you to hang up all your clothing and an iron is also available, if neccesary.
Think of how much make-up you'd wear for an audition instead of on a night-out. What casting directors see on the images is probably what they expect you to look like when you enter a casting room. I recommend minimalistic make-up wherever possible, but again I understand that you must feel comfortable and at your best.
I advise going easy on the fake tan as it can sometimes create uneven tones on the images. Don't worry about pimples or blemishes. I can easily sort that out in post-prouduction.
Maybe bring face powder to combat any shine on the skin if you know that you are prone to that. I have theatrical anti-shine powder if needed.
Bring a comb or brush to smooth flyaway hair etc. You can alter your hair and make-up to suit during the shoot. It's also a good idea to bring your own, styling products and hair bobbles etc.
Regarding shaving and facial hair, this is totally up to you and the brief you have been given by your agent or employer. Some people always have stubble or a beard, others like the contrast and so will have a shave at some point during the shoot, which is fine.
I normally take around 200 to 300 images (dependent on package) and I will send a dropbox file to you within 24 hours with all the images on. You can then select the images you want to proceed with. These will be returned to you within 5 working days (more images can be edited for £10 each). I do offer a 24 hour express service if you need them urgently. This costs an extra £15 per 4 images.
When you've made your selection, the shots will be sent to you in high resolution, colour-corrected, cropped and will be subtlety re-touched to ensure all your best features shine through, giving you an image that makes the most of your unique look and personality. If you want any further alterations just let me know and we can discuss further.
I keep all images on file for 3 months just incase you want more. Make sure to download and save your final images for safe-keeping.
-It's £85 for student's, under 18's, and over 65's. Outdoor shots can be added for an extra £10.
-For adults, it's £115, with added outdoor shots an extra £15.
*I offer a half hour session that includes 1 edited image (maximum 2 outfit changes) for people that have had their headhsots taken with me (within 2 months) but just need another image for whatever reason. This works well for people that have had a new haircut or had to grow a beard etc