Your headshot session
Every actor/dancer/singer/performer knows they need a headshot, but every headshot doesn't actually help them with their career. Headshots are more than just a picture of your face—they can communicate a lot to a casting director who is flipping through hundreds of headshot submissions per day.
Your headshot basically has 3 options:
- It can say the right things and help you get in for an audition.
- It can say the wrong things and keep you from getting an audition.
- It can not say enough and keep you from getting an audition.
When you shoot with me, your headshot session is designed for us to work together to capture engaging images that show both confidence and approachability. I'll help coach you into forming a connection and comfortability with the camera that will come through in your photos. We'll shoot a lot, have a ton of fun, and only keep the shots we both love. We'll create a range of looks in your shots, generally 3-5 different looks depending on your needs, that you'll be able to use for different purposes.
If taking pictures generally freaks you out, don't worry about it. There is absolutely no pressure on you to "pose right", etc. I'll coach you into your best angles, get you relaxed and feeling good. We'll have a blast and come out of it with some amazing headshots that are designed to get you auditions.
My camera is connected to my computer during the shoot and we'll periodically pause to sit together and review the shots on screen. By doing this, we'll discuss what's working and why, as well as figure out what remaining looks we want to get. While I shoot hundreds of shots during the session, by going through them together, we'll delete like crazy, and only keep shots that have received both your and my stamp of approval.
My headshot sessions are mostly closed ones, meaning I don't encourage others to watch while we shoot. You are welcome to bring a friend or family member with you to the session, but they will be asked to sit out of your line of site while we shoot so as not to be distracting. My main concern is that I don't want you to be self-conscious and it's sometimes easier to relax and be less self-conscious without spectators.
After your session, I'll email you a URL that you'll use to view your shots online—they'll be ready for viewing the day after your session. You can share the URL with whoever you'd like to help you decide which shot or shots you want to use—friends, family, your agent, etc. In order to maintain a certain level of quality, I currently do not give out unretouched high res files to clients but instead personally retouch the final selections at $50/shot (basic retouching).
We'll be shooting in my home studio in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn. The studio includes a sound system, WiFi, couches, and an area for us to sit and review images as we go. Just off the studio is a bathroom and kitchen. If you're into music, make a playlist of your favorite songs and stuff that gives you energy or makes you feel something, and we'll have that going while we shoot. Don't sweat it if you don't bring a playlist, there's always Spotify.
I recommend that you bring 9 to 12 different looks for yourself (tops only). The most important thing is that everything you bring is something you love. You have to feel comfortable wearing it. If you don't, then you won't shoot well in it.
Don't bring clothes just because you think they will help you get a certain part. Be yourself and bring a wide range of clothes that reflect your own personal style. Bringing a variety of colors is also recommended with the only color I don't recommend bringing being one that is close to your own skin tone. Bright colors, muted colors, black, and even white all work great. Remember, your headshots will be something you'll use year-round, so don't just bring colors or clothes according to the season. T-shirts, tank tops, sweaters, button-down shirts, dress shirts, light jackets, sports coats, and even dresses (though you'll only see the top) can all work well. Strapless dresses and tube tops may not work well—if you can't see the top in the crop of the shot (ooo, that's fun to say fast), it could appear like you aren't wearing anything. Textures are great, but try your best to avoid busy patterns or clothing that could draw too much attention in the shot. We want people to notice you, not your clothes.
If you don't bring it, then we can't try it, so bring it if you are having a hard time deciding. Just remember the most important thing is that everything you bring be something you love and feel comfortable wearing. In case some of your items are badly wrinkled, I have an iron that you may use while here.
Another thing you can do is go shopping for new clothes! If there's something you're missing, buy it, leave the tags on, we'll shoot it and then you can return it after we're done if it's not something you want to keep.
Wearing jewelry is not recommended for actor headshots. Corporate, social media, and portrait headshots are different and certainly allow for wearing jewelry.
Hair and Makeup
Makeup for the session is required for all women. You'll do your own makeup and I'd like to ask you to bring your makeup with you as well. The lighting I use while shooting brings out a lot, and healthy skin is best, so make sure your face is clean and moisturized. The style of makeup should be a very natural look with a "less is more" approach, especially to start. By starting the makeup very light, you can subtly build on it as we go to slightly change the look. So we'll start with more casual looks with very little makeup and we'll get to dressier evening looks by the end. If at all possible, please use a base that is not powder. Also, please don't attempt to cover up acne or blemishes with makeup—we can retouch blemishes away on the computer and it will look better if there isn't a bunch of extra makeup in the area. If you pluck your eyebrows, please go easy. Eyebrows are an important ingredient to your expressions so you'll want to have your eyebrows with you. :) Also, because the lighting shows a lot, you'll be able to tell if you're wearing colored contacts, so I would recommend against wearing them.
I'd like you to come with your hair already done as if you were going to an audition or just out for the day. Whatever your hairstyle is, it needs to be "you," and it needs to be something you can easily recreate for auditions. Please also bring any styling products you may need. If your hair is longer, we'll shoot it down as well as put it up in order to create different looks—so please also bring a scrunchy.
Makeup is not recommended for men. The lighting I use while shooting brings out a lot, and healthy skin is best, so make sure your face is clean and moisturized. Dry skin will show in the pictures. Depending on how hairy you are, you'll want to check for ear or nose hair that's out of control—as in visible—and take care of that prior to your session. Just keeping it real. If you can grow a little facial hair and would like to shoot looks both scruffy and clean shaven, then grow it and bring your razor/shaving kit and you can shave once we're sure we've gotten the shots we want with the scruff.
I'd like you to come with your hair already done as if you were going to an audition or just out for the day. Whatever your hairstyle is, it needs to be "you," and it needs to be something you can easily recreate for auditions. Please also bring any styling products you may need.
HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR SESSION
- Read this entire page. :)
- Get plenty of sleep the week before your shoot, especially the night before your shoot. It looks better in the pictures to actually be rested and full of energy than it does to fake it.
- Eat a sensible meal before you come. Skipping a meal is not only unhealthy, but without food, your energy won't be there. On the other hand, if you stuff yourself before coming, you may feel bogged down and just want to take a nap. Lol. Since your session is a few hours long, I'll have some mixed fruit for you to snack on too. You're also welcome to bring your own snacks as well, although I recommend not bringing anything that could leave a color on your teeth or lips.
FULL SESSION (18+)
The full headshot session rate is $350 for the shoot. There is a $100 deposit required to book a session, this is non-refundable and goes towards the $350 total. In addition to the session cost, each of the final shots you select will be retouched at $50 per shot and a link will be sent to you to download the high resolution file.
After you've done a session with me, you'll be able to take advantage of my discount offer to returning clients. Any of my returning clients receive 25% off my current session fee.
SESSIONS FOR CHILDREN
I have a few kids myself, so I know all about limited attention spans and how kids can tire out quickly. For these reasons, I have a couple options for kids/young adults.
- For children 11 to 17, I offer a $225 headshot session that lasts around 1.5 to 2 hours and requires a $75 deposit to book which is non-refundable and goes towards the $225 total. In addition to the session cost, each of the final shots you select will be retouched at $50 per shot and a link will be sent to you to download the high resolution file.
- For children 10 and under, I offer a $125 headshot session that lasts around 1 to 1.5 hours and requires a $50 deposit to book which is non-refundable and goes towards the $125 total. In addition to the session cost, each of the final shots you select will be retouched at $50 per shot and a link will be sent to you to download the high resolution file.
I understand how quickly kids grow up and consequently require updated headshots more frequently than adults. This is one of the reasons my kids headshot fees are less than adults. In addition, just as with the returning adult clients, kids who have had a previous session with me are offered a returning client discount of 25% off the current price of the session that fits their age.
A non-refundable deposit is required to book a session and is due after you've chosen a shoot date and scheduled it with me. If I haven't received the deposit at least one week prior to your scheduled session, the session will be granted to someone else. I currently accept cash, PayPal or Venmo. The remaining balance is due the day of your session.
BOOKING YOUR SESSION
I currently shoot on weekdays and select Saturdays and Sundays. Depending on my schedule for that day and what works best for clients, these times are a little flexible but usually weekday sessions begin at 11:00am and weekend sessions begin at 11:00am and 3:00pm. Depending on how many looks you are going for, the session will last up to about 3.5 hrs. If that sounds like a long time, trust me, it goes by fast. Please ensure you book an appointment for when you have the time, can be relaxed, and don't have somewhere you're trying to rush off to. Appointments are booked first come first served and the deposit is required to hold your appointment.
Please email me via the form on the Contact page to setup a session.
If for any reason you need to change a scheduled session, I require 72 hours notice, otherwise you forfeit your deposit. However, if you are able to fill your slot with another client within the 72 hour period, then I'd credit your deposit towards your rescheduled session.
My home studio is located in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens area of Brooklyn, just a few stops from the Atlantic Terminal and Barclays Center.
I'm one and a half short blocks from the Sterling St stop on the 2/5 train or three long blocks from the Prospect Park stop on the B/Q/S.
I'm happy to meet with anyone for a free consultation as well. Consultations are not necessary, but if you have questions that are not answered on this page, then we can arrange to meet up. We can also do it over the phone if that proves more convenient.