Frequently Asked Questions
How many changes can I have?
Even in the 1 hour budget shoot, you have time to make 2 or 3 changes. It is surprising what a difference to your casting range a change of top or hair can make. For women with long hair, putting the hair up and adding a hint of lace at the neck line can give you a Victorian or Edwardian look. For men, if you have a beard, you have time in the 2 hour Portfolio shoot to shave the beard and have with and without shots. It is also really useful to have a jacket and blouse (or shirt and tie for men) to give a business or legal look.
What clothing should I bring?
Think about the different characters you could play and bring different tops/outfits to reflect those. These should include casual looks of course, but also think about a business or legal look, dark jacket and shirt/tie or blouse – perhaps an edgier look as well. Solid, more muted colours are best – busy patterns pull focus from the face. Make sure clothes are new(ish), well ironed and clean.
Do I need a make-up artist?
Not for an actor headshot shoot. Your headshots should show you as you might walk into that audition room. So for women, natural everyday makeup is fine.
How often should I have headshots done?
The younger you are, more often. Perhaps every two years or so when you are under 30, or if you have a major change of hair or look. Then maybe every 3 or 4 years after that, and certainly if, when you walk into the audition, they say that you don’t look like your photographs!
What else should I bring?
Bring anything you need to keep hair tidy or, if you have long hair, to put it up neatly. Bring make-up along so we can add or touch up if we need to. Bring a cd of your favourite music if you like, your existing headshots if you want and loads of energy! Think of a shoot as a performance.
Should I bring my existing headshots to show you?
A good idea, especially if you have photos which you think aren’t helping to get you work, or you’re not happy with them. We can review them before we start to ensure that we get more of the kind of images that you want.
Can I see the photos as you take them?
With digital technology you can always take a look as we go along. But not too often or it can slow the pace of the shoot.
Do you shoot in colour or black and white?
I shoot in colour, converting to black and white later. I supply your choices in both and also a web ready version.
Do you shoot in natural light or studio?
Both. Some agents prefer natural light shots so we will do both.
How do I pay you?
You pay me on the day of the shoot by either cash or cheque
Do you offer a student discount?
Yes, there is a £20 discount for students on the portfolio shoot
When will I get my photos?
I will send you a disc with low resolution images from the shoot usually within 24 hours. You review the headshots and tell me which you would like me to retouch. When I have the list, it usually takes me 48 hours to retouch and resend
Do you supply prints?
Not usually, because that is a specialised service and there are companies who can provide bulk prints from your disc. I can supply single prints at £7.50 each.
What does retouching involve?
The most important thing about an actors headshot is that it must look like you. So I will retouch blemishes, stray hairs or evidence of a late night, though it is much better if you take it easy the night before a shoot. I will check the eyes carefully and may brighten and sharpen very subtly. You get a great headshot which looks like you at your best.