WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
In Chiswick, West London.
HOW LONG WILL THE SESSION LAST?
On average I spend two to three hours with each client. This gives us time for a chat (cup of tea and biscuits (or wine!) included) where I can find out what it is that you’re looking for in the session. We can have a look at your old headshots and discuss the sort of castings that you suit and would like to be getting. Often the length of the session is up to you, if you have lots of ideas to try then this can take a bit longer but essentially I end the shoot when I’m sure you are happy with the photos.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Bring a selection of tops and whatever hair/ makeup products you use for a quick fix. Ideally we are portraying you on a good day, not an over styled version of you so keep everything fairly natural. Bold stripes and patterns don’t generally work that well as they can distract from your face but this doesn’t mean I only want you to turn up with a tired plain t-shirt. As a guide, bring tops that you feel good in, make sure you have a variety of necklines, and a selection of dark and light. Different textures (such as denim, wool) can work well in black and white but most importantly if you’re not sure, bring it and we can choose together. We can’t use it if you’ve left it at home.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE?
I would advise not playing hard till 4am before the day of your shoot as despite Photoshop’s magical powers, it will show! However, on the other hand don’t change your appearance drastically just before a shoot. Any haircuts should ideally take place a week before to allow them to settle and don’t pile on the fake tan, it doesn’t work very well in black and white. I would recommended a good nights sleep, clean hair, tidy eyebrows and then you’re good to go!
CAN I CHANGE DURING THE SESSION?
There will always be time to change outfits during the session and we will take regular breaks throughout to give you a chance to relax and re-energise. It’s a good idea to bring a base top (like a vest) so we can do quick top changes on location too. For the men – you are welcome to shave halfway through and ladies you can change your hair. There is a private changing area for this.
HOW DO YOU LIGHT YOUR HEADSHOTS?
I use natural light in all my set ups, it creates striking but flattering shots and by experience I have found it to be the most popular form of lighting for agents and casting directors.
HOW MANY 10 x 8s WILL I GET?
After the session I will send you a password for your own personal online gallery that you can access through the client area on my website. This way you and your agent can view your photos quickly without waiting for contact sheets or CDs in the post. Once you have picked your favourites I will retouch 5 images at no extra cost. If you would like any further images retouched, I charge £8 per photo, due to the time involved.
WHAT DOES THE RETOUCHING INVOLVE?
I retouch any blemishes or flyaway hairs and I sometimes reduce dark circles under eyes and make other subtle changes. The idea is to make you look healthy not plastic.
I believe digital photography has reduced a great deal of the fear that comes with having your headshot taken. It allows us to review as we go so that we can alleviate any mini problems such as you needing to pull your top up or fix your hair. It also gives us the freedom to use as many shots as we like, we are not confined to one or two rolls of film.
CAN I BRING A FRIEND?
You are welcome to bring a friend for moral support but once we start shooting they will be politely banished so that our focus is not distracted! There are an abundance of lovely cafes near my studio that they can wait in. Of course if you are under 18 and having your photo taken, you are welcome to bring a chaperone with you for the entire session.
DO YOU WORK WEEKENDS?
I can be persuaded, so give me a call.
DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS?
Yes, to students and to returning clients. See my prices page for details.
If you have any other questions that haven’t been answered here, don’t hesitate to get in touch.