A headshot is one of the most valuable tools you have as a professional actor. Before photography became my full-time career, I spent several years working at two New York talent agencies. While there, my work evolved as I learned the importance of telling a story with a photograph rather than just taking pretty photos. Far too often, talented actors miss out on the critical opportunities that they deserve because of a poor 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.
When you arrive, we'll put on your favorite music and chat about what you want to achieve with your new headshots. We'll go through my portfolio and I'll ask about what you were drawn to (locations, mood, lighting, etc.). Often, actors are using headshots that misrepresent the roles they're appropriate for. There's a troubling trend toward over-glamorized and over-retouched headshots. Don't be the person who walks into an audition only to have the casting director say, "Nice photo, but who's the person in this headshot?"
When I was a young actor, my first photographer rushed me through our shoot. When I started shooting, I decided to never schedule more than one actor a day. I remember being corralled through a big empty studio with twenty other actors. It's obvious why photographers schedule lots of actors -- there's more money to be made. I never want anyone I work with to feel like they're just a number on a conveyor belt.
Having a variety of shots will be valuable to you as an actor. When looking through my work, you'll notice a wide array of locations, lighting, and moods. It's important to look for this versatility when searching for a photographer. You're unique as an actor and should never be forced into a narrow trademark style of a photographer.
Before your shoot, I'll ask that you think about what shows you think you'd be appropriate for. Once we hone in on what your strengths are, we can find clothes and locations that compliment your type. One of my recent clients came in and said he was targeting shows like Mr. Robot. That immediately conjured up images of dark locations and being on the run. We ended up shooting underground in the subway and created an image that could easily be a production still from that production. That type of shot isn't right for everyone, but that shows how a simple suggestion can lead to compelling a photograph.
I want your headshot experience to be as simple and stress-free as possible. If you're like most actors, you spend your days surrounded by the madness of Midtown Manhattan. I shot in that neighborhood for a several years, but then decided to relocate to the Upper West Side next to Central Park. My new neighborhood is less crowded, runs at a slower pace, and helps my clients relax out of the typical day-in-the-life of an actor.
For women, the first hour is spent with my hair and makeup artist. I learned early on that headshots only look polished with a professional keeping everything looking great behind the scenes. Once she is done with your hair and makeup, you get to approve everything. If you'd like any adjustments, we will do our best to accommodate them. There are no egos here. While we are shooting, she will stay with us to make sure everything remains looking great. Since she's here, we will be able to focus on getting the best shot, not on whether or not your hair needs fixed after the wind blows it around.
As we shoot, I'll show you previews of the images just to make sure you like how everything looks. Sometimes you think you'll love a shirt, but change your mind after seeing it on camera. It happens. That's why I want you involved in the process. The rest of the time I'll be watching out for all of the little habits actors have -- forehead tension, mouth tension, overactive eyebrows, not breathing. I'll pick on you a little, but you'll thank me later.
Many studios take days or weeks to get your photographs to you -- often a symptom of taking on too many clients. With me, I upload all of your high resolution photographs the same day. You'll receive an email on the night of your shoot with a link to a password protected gallery. I built the system myself from the ground up. Once inside, you'll see that I've marked all of my favorite images. You can go through and "like" all of your favorites, then you can invite your friends and colleagues to like their favorites.
Once you've chosen your final images, you'll want to have them retouched. I include two retouches with all of my shoots. You need at least two headshots to get started -- one friendly shot (often called "commercial") and one dramatic shot (often called "legit"). If you want me to retouch additional images, they're available for an additional fee of $35 each or you can have one of the local headshot labs retouch them. Once they're retouched, I'll upload them to your gallery where you can download and save them. I'll give you a list a labs in town that can print them if you need 8x10 prints.
All throughout the process, you can email me with any questions and I'm happy to help. Scroll down to view all of my pricing information, frequently asked questions, and to view my online calendar where you can book a shoot day. I look forward to working with you!
What your shoot includes:
Pricing information for your shoot:
$595 for a limited time
Hair and makeup artist add-ons:
Prices are in addition to the shoot fee.
Scheduling a shoot