Where does the shoot take place?
The majority of our session take place in our studio located in Summerville, SC. If your needs require something specific, we are available to go on location for a small fee. In some cases, we can also add backgrounds digitally, giving you plenty of options.
What do I wear for my session?
You should bring plenty of options to the shoot. We will go over it beforehand but here are some pointers for you:
- Always bring clothes that match your style and personality.
- Avoid bringing only black clothes or only white clothes (yes it happens). Not only can thye lose details in photos, but it can limit the variety of images in your portfolio as well. Concentrat on bringin solid colors that copplement your natural colot so that your face, not your shirt, will stand out in the images.
- Stay away from clothes with busy patterns. Solid colors are best.
- Make sure any clothes that you bring are clean and neatly pressed. This goes double for collared shirts and suits. The camera picks up a lot more detail than you think. Standard retouching does not include fixing the wrinkles in your clothes.
- Blue jeans always look great on camera, unless they are dingy and torn. For headshots your lower half won't make it into most of the photos, but don't neglect to pick out some good pants for the shoot. Keep in mind what look you are going for and bring clean, simple, and timeless choices.
- Make sure to dress comfortable but classy, V-neck and Scoop neck sweaters and shirts are great. For women tank tops are always good, stay away from clothes that are too tight or uncomfortable.
- Collared button-down shirts are great, a solid color for the mean and a stylish solid color for women. All shirts need to be clean and pressed. You can always add a quick extra look to your shoot by bringing a couple of jackets or a tie.
- Be rested and drink plenty of water the day before your shoot, it is amazing for your skin.
- Don't concentrate on jewelry or accessories too much. Keep your choices to classi pieces so that they match the mveriety of outfits. For commercial actiing headshots, jewelry isn't necessary.
What about hair and makeup?
Hair and makeup is not included in the session fee but can be added on for an additional fee. Most of the time men can get by without using profesional hair and makeup, but we do recommend a powder or foundation ro help even out skin tones and to keep the face from looking shiny. You can pick up a powder in your color at any deparment store, or beauty supply store.
For women, we recommend professional makeup. A makeup artist knows how to make you look your best for the camera. We have several hair and makeup artists that we work with regularly. We can always add this service on to your appointment. Please let us know at the time of booking.
How long does it take to get my images?
For most headshot sessions our turnaround time is seven to ten business days for your completed images. You will choose which poses you would like to be edited at your session. If you have a deadline and need something even faster, be sure to let us know when you book your appointment.
How much retouching will you do?
Your finished images will be pretty much straight out of camera. We use the correct lighting and posing techniques to make you look your best. Before we deliver the images, they will be color corrected and cropped.
You can order extra retouching at $50 per image.
It's my first time, what kind of acting headshots do I need?
As an actor, the type of shots you need is going to be determined b a few factors including your market, your type (what you look like and act like) , what you want to audition for and more. Here are a few things to consider:
- You should always consult your agent on what you need. They have experience in the industry and more importantly, they know what you need to book more jobs.
- If you don't have an agent yet, then by default you want to get a clean, simple, commercial headshot. Basically a smiling, looking-at-the-camera head and shoulders image with minimal retouching to show potential agents and casting directors what you look like.
- Remember that the majority of casting for film and relevision, a least in the early stages, is done online. Casting directors look at an array of small thumbnails to determine the initial round of auditions. So, it's important that your headshot is impactful and close up. A small thumbnail of your whole body from head to toe will make your face a lot less visable at that size.
- Don't worry too much about specific character shots unless directed by your agent. Your two basic looks will be commercial (upbeat and happy) and theatrical (more dramatic).