THE HEADSHOT SESSION
Don’t worry - even if you’re nervous in the beginning, almost everyone leaves their shoot saying, “That was so comfortable... and fun!” I swear to you! I consider it one of the most important parts of my job as a headshots photographer -- to help you relax.
If you're an actor, casting directors and agents want to see the "real you" in your headshot. And one way to make sure we capture that is to take a lot of pictures. I mean A LOT. That’s why I insist upon a minimum of one hour of shoot time. The more we shoot, the more comfortable you become and the more the real you has a chance to shine through in your headshot.
This is even more true if you're NOT an actor! It takes time to get used to being photographed, and the longer we shoot, the better and more natural your headshot is going to look -- whether you're a seasoned performer or a lawyer with zero experience in front of the camera.
The process begins with taking the time to find the best lighting for your face. Not all lighting works equally well on every person, so I take care to customize the lighting to your particular bone structure. We also spend time finding your best angles.
The beauty of shooting digitally is we get to see your headshots as we go along, to make sure we’re on the right track. This way we can make any needed adjustments to makeup, clothing, and lighting early on, and get the most out of your session. Best of all, it gives you vital feedback on how you're expressions are coming across on camera.
The headshot session is very collaborative. I want to hear what you are looking for, what you like and don’t like, and any fun ideas you might have for getting a special shot.
Again, if you’re uneasy being photographed, please don’t worry! I will guide you through every step of the process. Using proven techniques, I’ll help you to relax and shine through in your headshots... and look your best doing it. The shyest people in the world end up posing like complete divas - I love it!
CHOOSING YOUR HEADSHOT
For the highest quality image, I shoot RAW files. If you don't know what that means, don't worry, it doesn't matter. It's just a digital format that is the best quality you can get. But it needs to be processed to optimize the image and make the headshot something you can open, upload to websites, get printed, etc. So after your shoot, I take a few days to edit and process all of the headshots and then upload them to Dropbox for you to download.
You get to keep all of your headshots in high resolution format. This means that you can print any of them -- not just the one or two that you get retouched. You'll probably want to get at least one headshot retouched to look its absolute best (more on retouching below). Take your time deciding which one. We are rarely the best judge of our own photos so share them with your agent, teacher, family, and friends... Upload them to Facebook! Get as much feedback from others as you can before making your choice. (If you post on social media, I just request that you please credit me - thx!)
Remember, you have all of the headshots in high resolution format so you can always change your mind later on and have a different headshot retouched or printed anytime.
Once you decide which headshot you want retouched, just send me an email with the image number and I'll email the retouched headshot back to you.
All of us can benefit from a little retouching to remove blemishes, stray hairs, and brighten up under the eyes. But I'm a firm believer in keeping your headshot as natural as possible. I'm not a fan of erasing every line and wrinkle, and removing all of your personality in the process. So try to go easy on yourself. Embrace the imperfections. To the rest of us, they're imperceptible -- except when they're taken away.