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A headshot is one of the most valuable tools you have as a professional actor. I spent five years helping actors advance their careers while working at a busy bi-coastal talent agency. Far too often, talented actors miss out on the critical audition opportunities that they deserve because of a poorly executed headshot. A headshot is your calling card and what agents and casting directors see first. A strong headshot will help you get your foot in the door.

I only work with one client a day, so I'm never rushing you out because another actor is knocking at my door.

Your shoot begins with us talking through what you want to achieve. We will go through my portfolio and discuss what looks, environments, and lighting you like the best. Not sure what would work best? That's okay. I'm happy to guide you through the entire process.

We will talk about how you've been cast, I'll ask about the feedback you've received on your current photos, and what your career goals are. In many cases, actors are using headshots that misrepresent them. There's a troubling trend toward over-glamorized and over-retouched headshots. Casting directors have grown increasingly frustrated as actors walk into their offices looking nothing like the photo that was submitted. You should look great in your headshot, but it must look like you.

When looking through my portfolio, you'll notice a wide variety styles. You and your headshot should never be boxed into a single trademark style of a photographer. I refuse to limit my clients with a one-look-fits-all style of shooting. You're unique and your headshot should be too. Since all of my sessions include two hours of shooting, we're able to shoot at multiple outdoor locations (weather permitting) and shoot a variety of studio looks.

An outdoor dramatic shot (left) and an indoor commercial shot (right).

"The atmosphere was very relaxed, very friendly. Chris made you feel like you had known him for years. Everyone seems to agree that my photo is a good reflection of not only what I look like, but who I am."

-Dolan Byrnes from the Backstage article "Picture Yourself Working: Getting the Headshot That's Right for You"

If you're like most actors, you spend your days surrounded by the madness of Midtown Manhattan. I was based in that area for a number of years, but decided to relocate to the Upper West Side right next to Central Park. Working in this area is so much better for my clients than being surrounded by nosey tourists and traffic. Instead of working out of a stark empty studio, I've integrated my lights and backgrounds inconspicuously into my apartment. I'm always surprised how little things here start a conversation - a book on the shelf, a photo on the wall, my collection of old video game systems.

I want you to feel like you're at a friend's apartment having a good time. Send me your favorite playlist or bring your music device (no judgments, I promise). Most people don't like photo shoots, so I do my best to take your mind off it.

As we shoot, I'll show you previews of the images and we can make adjustments as needed. Most people have little habits that I'll help undo (forehead tension, shoulder tension, mouth tension, not breathing). My shoots are somewhere between an acting class and a yoga class. I pick on you a little bit (nicely) during the shoot, but you'll thank me later.

Notice how everyone's actually laughing in their commercial shots? More than once a client has told me, "You're such a dork", as they laugh at my bad jokes. I have a lot of them. My first photographer yelled at me for fake smiling. It turned out her philosophy was right, but I found a better way to approach the problem. Lots of jokes.

"Chris is calm, caring, and creative. I consider those 3 C's to count for a whole lot in a headshot photographer!"

- Jenn Gambatese (Broadway's School of Rock, Tarzan, All Shook Up, Hairspray)

After a shoot, everyone leaves excited to start narrowing down their top choices. Many photographers take days or weeks to get your images back to you. With me, you see them on the night of your shoot. I'll even pick out my favorite headshots to help you narrow them down.

My online gallery system is pretty impressive. I built it myself. You can download all of the high-resolutions images, invite your friends to view and "like" their favorite images, and order the images you want retouched, all in one place. You can tell the gallery to put the most liked images at the top of the page, making the choosing process easy.

All shoots also include two images that I personally retouch. Whenever I show my retouching samples, everyone always comments, "That's amazing, can you retouch me like that in real life?" All of my retouching work is natural, keeping in mind that you should look like yourself. As soon as I'm finished retouching, you'll be able to download the high-resolution images from my website.

Writing and mailing a thank you card means a lot. My clients are so awesome that I still find these pleasant little surprises in my mailbox. Check 'em out.

What each shoot includes
  • Two hours of shooting
    Choice of indoor shooting and/or outdoor shooting (weather permitting).
  • Two retouched images
    High-res images to print anywhere you like. After I've retouched your images, they'll be uploaded to your online gallery for easy downloading and sharing.
  • An online gallery, ready the same day
    On the night of your shoot, you will get password protected access to all of your high-resolution images. Social network features are built in to make sharing and choosing easy.
  • Photographer selected favorites
    I want to make choosing the best images from your shoot easy. I'll go through all of our images and mark my favorites.
  • Online backup of all of your headshots for two years
    Your online gallery will remain online for at least two years, making downloading and backing up of your images simple. You can save individual images or download an entire shoot as a zip file.

    See my FAQ for details.

Pricing information
For a limited time, shoots are discounted by $100.

$595 for a limited time.
Additional available discounts:
$100 off for full-time students (six month graduation grace period).
$100 off if you book with a friend (two people book separate shoot days).
$150 off if you're a student *and* you book with a friend (separate shoots).
$200 off for returning clients (not combinable with other discounts).

Hair and makeup artist add-on's
Prices are in addition to the shoot fee.
Women: $195
I know everyone looks natural in my portfolio, but there is a ton of activity going on behind the scenes (maintaining hair, fixing makeup, etc.) to make the images look natural, yet polished. Because of this, the hair and makeup artist is required and will stay with us for the entire shoot to ensure the best results.
Men: $95 or $145    [these options are for men only]
For men, if you'd like to have a makeup artist, it's either $95 for the beginning of the shoot, or, for those wanting to shave halfway through a shoot, it's $145 for them to be here for half of the shoot.

Scheduling a shoot
My calendar is available online to make scheduling a shoot easy. Enter your information below to continue. Just have a question? You can check out my FAQ page or contact me.