Frequently Asked Questions - Headshots
Where do you shoot your headshots?
If we are shooting outside, I am currently shooting in Sandy Springs by the new Performing Arts Center. If we are shooting inside, I shoot north of Atlanta in the Alpharetta/Johns Creek area.
How long will the shoot take?
It depends, but typically between 45 min and 1.5 hours. Time typically depends on number of looks you want, but we will shoot till we get the shot(s) we want!
Do I need a makeup artist?
While not necessary to book, I always recommend one for women in particular. Having done hundreds of headshots over the years I've found having an MUA will help you avoid noticeable inconsistencies in application that often affect the final image. We want a natural (but not au naturale) application that showcases and highlights the best version of you!
Do you have a preferred makeup artist I can use?
I have several professional makeup artists that I have used before and trust to give us great results. We primarily want to enhance your features, not change them. We're not going for glamour shots. Just make the request during booking and I will do my best to schedule a MUA for the shoot!
Is the MUA included in the price of the headshot?
No, the MUA's are paid separately either through me or directly to the MUA. A MUA can vary in cost, anywhere from $85 to $150, depending on experience, travel, whether they stay through the shoot with you, provide help with hair, etc.
Should I arrive early for makeup? Where do we do that?
We will schedule makeup after booking. If we shoot in studio, then makeup will start one hour before your booking, at the studio.
What is a "look"?
A look is typically a wardrobe change. If you take off a jacket or add glasses, that's not a "look". If you go from business/attorney look to angsty teenager, that's a look.
What do you recommend for outfits?
Ideally you will have an idea of what you are going for. You may have an agency that wants you to have an "edgier look" or "corporate look". Or you may still be in school, or you just need a couple of basic headshots to cover your initial bases (think commercial/theatrical).
Any wardrobe items I should avoid?
Tops with logos, busy prints (floral, big stripes), white tops (unless under a jacket or sweater), baggy tops, turtlenecks (unless sleeveless), puffy sleeves.
I dread getting my headshots taken! Do you coach posing?
Coaching an actor is probably what I love most about doing this! My ultimate goal is to provide a safe, relaxing, and fun experience for you, and we shoot till we get the shot!
How many pictures do you take?
It varies. We shoot till we get the shot, but I like to deliver a proofing gallery of no less than 50 images. Typically it's between 75-100 proofs.
How and when do I receive my proofs?
You will receive a link to an online password protected gallery of your proofs within a week of our shoot. You can then "heart" your favorite images, as well as send the link to an agent, acting coach, etc. I'm happy to provide my opinion as well!
How and when do I receive my final images?
You should receive your final high-res, retouched images within 7 days from final selection. I will create another gallery for you called "Finished Edits" from where you can download them all at once or one at a time. You can download either print sized versions, or "social media" sized versions.
Do I get to keep my proofs?
Yes! If you purchased either the two or four look professional package, you have access to all of your proofs. However I discourage the posting of un-retouched/edited images on social media. It doesn't best represent your brand, or mine.
What is retouching?
Can I purchase extra retouched images?
Yes! Extra retouched images (apart from the ones included in your session) are $40 per edit.
Do you provide a "rush" option for edits? I need my headshot soon!
If you need a rush on a headshot, I can provide a 12-hour turnaround for a $50 rush fee.
Do I own the photos after I download them?
No, unless there is a contractual agreement, I will always own the copyright ownership. This is very standard. It basically protects us from commercial misuse. A third party can't take an image of you that either of us posts and use if for advertising or profit.
Do you provide prints?
I do not. However, you can order 8x10's straight from your gallery. I also have a few companies I recommend.
How/when do I pay my balance? What forms of payment do you accept?
The balance is due at the end of the shoot, and can be paid a number of ways. WIth a Square reader I can accept any major credit or debit card and provide an immediate invoice.
Can I shoot my four-look shoot on multiple days?
You can schedule multiple days, however each will be billed as separate bookings. After your first booking, you receive a 20% lifetime discount, so you could book a two-look session, and then a second one at a discount.
Do you provide discounts for students or military?
If you are a student (HS or College) you can book the two-look Student package that is already discounted!
Do I need to pay a deposit?
There is a retainer fee required at the time of booking. This is non-refundable fee that protects your time and mine. Make your shoot a priority! A cancellation forfeits your retainer fee.
I need to reschedule!
Life can get in the way. As long as you can let me know 48 hours ahead of your scheduled shoot, we can reschedule for a better date that works. Any reschedule request within 48 hours will incur a $50 rescheduling fee.
How do I book?
You can book right online here on this site. When you go to book, you'll be presented with a calendar and available dates and times. If you have any questions before you book, feel free to reach out with an email to let me know.
I don't see a package or option I need on your site!
Please reach out! Send me an email or message on the site and let me know what you are looking for and I'll do my best to make it happen!