Some Quick Questions You May Have
These quick FAQs should help answer many of your questions regarding your headshot photography session. Of course, if you have any more questions then feel free to contact us here any time!
What is a 'look'?
A look is the fancy industry term for an outfit. If we start shooting in jeans, a t-shirt and a sweater that would be considered one look. As soon as you change say your t-shirt and take off the sweater that would be an additional look. No matter how many looks, Alex will make sure your headshots stand out in the crowd.
What should I do to prepare for my headshots?
When preparing for your headshots keep in mind the things discussed during your consultation as far as clothing and looks. It's dry in LA and OC so be sure and drink plenty of water the week or days leading up to your shoot. Keeping hydrated invigorates the skin, clears pores and makes you feel refreshed! In addition, get plenty of sleep. You’ll be a happier person and it will reflect in your headshots. Girls do your makeup, a bit of concealer, lip gloss(stick) and eyebrow touch ups are perfect! Guys depending on your look make sure the facial hair is shaved or groomed to the desired effect. Everyone should do their hair and prepare for changing it up a bit. We have blotting paper for the skin and a full service bathroom to keep on top of things during the shoot!
Why do you color-correct the final headshots?
Here’s the brief explanation without going into too much technical detail: We shoot all of our headshots in a RAW file format so the photos that the camera spits out aren’t as punchy and colorful because the camera hasn’t messed with any of the details as it would when shooting .jpegs. We take the RAW files and give them balance between colors, blacks and whites so they look impressive even without any further retouching! This way we can ensure the best colors and highest resolutions possible.
You say that you usually don't use MUA’s for acting and modeling headshots? This is against every blog post I’ve read and I’m skeptical here...
It’s good to be skeptical with things like this! Especially when investing in yourself and your career. Just to clarify, this is for acting and modeling headshots: Imagine you sign up for a dating website and someone you decide to go out with looks like a gorgeous and flawless model online, but then when you meet in person they’re well... underwhelming. Now, if you have a professional do your hair and makeup for your headshots and the pictures look amazeballs to all the casting directors or agencies, but you walk in the room having done your own hair and makeup (not hating on your skills) it would render the same effect as the date you went on. Professionals are good at what they do and it’s hard to recreate their work. If it was easy you’d be taking your own headshots!
Wouldn’t retouching a headshot have the same effect as a pro makeup artist?
It could, however depending on what the shots are for (like for acting and modeling headshots) we tone it back a bit. We aren't going to retouch the chosen photo(s) to Victoria’s Secret status only because we would be doing you a disservice in the same manner as the previous question. We do remove any sleep left under your eyes, lighten up wrinkles a bit, take care of blemishes and blotchy skin. Nothing more. No matter what the shoot is for Alex has pledged not to alter anyones body or natural appearance. Moles, freckles, scars, curves and birthmarks are all a part of our character. Own it and love yourself!
What do you mean I receive digital copies of the photos?
Instead of loading all your images onto a CD and shipping them to you via snail-mail or making you go out of your way to come pick it up, we have chosen to send you a private link to the images for reviewing them online. It’s definitely more eco-friendly! YAY! In addition to viewing them you can download them to your computer to keep forever! You can use them for personal uses but please never edit my photos nor destroy them with social media filters!
What should I expect when I arrive and am shooting?
When you arrive for an in-studio session expect Alex and his studio assistant finishing the set up. He always has water and will request to know your favorite snack and beverage (coffee, tea etc.). He loves blasting his music - whether it be house, grunge, alt, or classics - he’ll be jamming out. If you have a music preference or bring you own we will definitely hook it up! When shooting, Alex will direct you to the best angles (as any photographer should do) , but please feel free to throw in your own moves! He and his assistant love to make people laugh and genuinely want to get to know you. It helps them get your 'money-shot' that can help your career!
Can I bring a friend?
Of course! Friends are awesome sauce! As long as they won’t interrupt your flow or make your feel awkward, it’s great! They know you best and can help get those expressions out of you!
What amenities does the studio have?
The studios in LA and OC all have free WIFI (yaaaay!), a lounge, TV, full restrooms, magazines, and makeup stations!
What is your rescheduling policy for a headshot session?
Crap happens, trust me - I know. That's why you can definitely reschedule up to one time! We just need to know 48 hours ahead of time. If you need to reschedule more than once or with late notice it’s $50. That’s to cover lost clients and overhead.