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"I have never experienced a photoshoot like this before!"
I hear that all of the time.
I experienced the typical headshot session when I was an actor many years ago. It was expensive, tons of pressure, and not very fun. While I understand that headshots are not the most natural things in this world, I think it should be a great and fruitful experience.
Because I know headshots are your multi-dimensional calling cards, I treat the experience as such. It's paramount that the photo represents not only a physically accurate depiction of yourself, but the complexities of who you are. The different sides. THIS is what brings the photos to life- the unique life experience you bring into the room. A technically good picture is nice for sure, but I strive for, in every shoot, not only a technically good picture but one that shows the depth and breadth of who you are. I guarantee you have aspects of joy, peace, passion, humor and strength (among other things).
What to Expect
You may have noticed I don't do shortened sessions. Theres' a reason for it. I am well aware of the fact that other places do 1 Look session, or 2 Looks, and they shoot them in about 20 minutes and you're in and out the door. Personally, I can't see how that would lend to a free form, fun and creative shoot.
When you arrive, we go over wardrobe and hair styles/ changes. We always want as much of a range as possible out of each session.
The session lasts approximately 2 hours (a little longer for women). Long enough to get to know you, and not too long to where you are exhausted. I work organically with each person. Sometimes it's delving into characters and creating stories for them, sometimes it's just plain communication and the shooting seems a by-product, other times it's ridiculously silly. All of the possibilities result in photos of you in your relaxed state.
I have music- lots of music. I can play virtually anything, and you are welcome to bring a playlist I can plug in and play.
The studio is very comfortable. If you bring family or a friend, there is a green room for them to relax in.
Lastly, these are some suggestions I have prior to shooting:
*Know your type(s). Be clear on what roles you want and love playing.
*Don't stress! I assure you, the moment you walk in the door you will feel relaxed and cared for!
*Get plenty of sleep prior to the shoot. At least a few days of solid sleep.
*Eat well. Drink water.
*If you have previous headshots you can bring them to the shoot or email them to me and we discuss what has worked for you and what your goals are.
Note to parents: I have a Child Services Permit! CPS-000273509