The aim of your headshot is to get one strong portrait which will be the image casting directors and directors will see over the next year or so. It needs to be striking and look like you on your best day.
In advance of the shoot, have a look at portraits and headshots you like. The shoots that tend to be the most fun are when an actor comes along with a strong idea of what they want. During the session we will have a play around and we may move from this original ideas, but that way, we will have a strong jumping off point. Feel free to send images over in advance (but keep the words to a minimum as I’m dyslexic, and an image speaks a thousand words).
Have a think about your casting bracket; the type of work is your agent putting you up for and ideal future roles. It might be a good idea to have a chat to your agent about what you both want in advance of our session.
The most important thing is to come like you’re going on set, or to a rehearsal room - ready to work, relax and play. If you're nervous we won’t get the best shots. Get plenty of rest and keep hydrated in the lead up to the shoot.
Choose your clothes with care. You may want to choose one particular top you think will definitely work but do bring along two or three options - you know the colours and styles that suit you best. If you’re a bit lost as to what to choose, again have a look at portraits online to get an idea of the sort of things that work well.
HAIR AND MAKE-UP
Some people are confident with hair and makeup and that’s great , you’re the only one who knows. Think about what features you want to accentuate and maybe practise in the days running up to the shoot to check you have the look you want. I have had clients visit Blow before their shoot to get their makeup and hair done.
You may want your own make up artist. I have relationships with a few local makeup artists, so if you want me to see if they are free then let me know, I arrange those relatively last minute as it tends to be a small job for them. Their rates range from £60 - £200per shoot. There is also a hairdresser at the end of the road called Dean who used to work on fashion shoots and does a blow dry for £25 - £35.
If you’re having a cut, I’d suggest giving it a week or so to settle down so you know how to handle it. Bring along any hair styling products you use so you can make adjustments whilst we are working. I have a hairdryer but bring along curlers, straighteners, grips, slides, and bobbles, etc.
Men, make sure your skin is well moisturised and if you need to use any cover up, that it matches your skin tone. I can retouch out blemishes but it is easier and better if you do that preliminary cover up work first and remember your shaving products if you’d like to shave halfway through.
LENGTH OF SHOOT
A session usually lasts around 3 hours, which gives us time to chat and get to know each other a bit first. I don’t put time limits on my shoots, but sometimes I have to pick up my daughter from nursery or we have to finish the shoot before the light falls.
HEADSHOTS - £350
Studio or Location
Images uploaded to Dropbox within 48hrs
3 Retouched Images
HEADSHOTS + PR - £420
Studio or Location shoot
Creative Portraits for Press, Spotlight, IMDB, Social Media, Portfolio
Images Uploaded to Dropbox within 48hrs
Second Edit of 20 Images (approx.) to help Agents/Managers with Selections
4 Retouched Images
TOP -UP SESSION - £200
If I have taken your headshot in the last year or so and you have changed your look (haircut, beard, etc.) then we can do a quick session either on location or in the studio with one change.
2 Retouched Images
ADDITIONAL RETOUCHED IMAGES - £35 per Image
Student Discount 10%
I accept cash, or bank transfer. I ask for £50 as a deposit to hold the date and once the date is booked it is yours, you don’t need me to send you a confirmation email, this document is confirmation. I do try and email everyone a reminder the day before their shoot, but please put it in your diary now.
I ask that everyone pays on the day we shoot or before. It makes it easier to do my accounts.
Account details are Jon H Photographer Sort Code 23-11-85 and Account number 00147372 Please use your name as a reference.
I try to be a flexible as possible as I understand the demands placed on actors, but I do ask for 48 hours notice to move a shoot otherwise you will lose your deposit. Please keep me in the loop if you are expecting a meeting, or are pencilled for a job, the more notice I have on potential movements the easier it is to accommodate. If you have an audition I may be able to move your shoot earlier or later in the day dependant on the light and the time of year. I understand sometimes things come in last minute but please be sensitive to the fact that if you are booked in, then I have paid childcare for the period of the shoot and retouching / admin time.
THE HOLLOWAY LIGHTBOX
Architect and build studio - Studio Bark designed a built a purpose built studio in my garden in Leyton. It was designed with portraiture in mind.
Nearest tubes are Leytonstone, Leyton (Central Line) and Leyton Midland (Overground). The studio is around the back of 170 Albert Road. When you get here come to the back gate on Jersey Rd, there is a bell.
Try to be on time but if there are problems on the way just give me a heads up on 07803051083.