Your Photo Shoot
I understand that many people are nervous about getting in front of the camera, so I want to reassure you that this can be a fun, relaxed, and rewarding experience. We'll work together to make sure you get the photos you want, and we'll have a good time doing it.
The best thing you can do is drink plenty of water the day before the shoot, get a good night's sleep, and come into the shoot relaxed, with a clear mind, prepared to simply be yourself. That's all that's required.
If you have some music that you'd like to bring to help set the mood, feel free!
As a general rule, avoid white, stripes, or anything with busy patterns. Bold, solid colors (including black) usually work best. Of course, the best color is one that brings out your eyes.
You can never have too many clothing options, so feel to bring as much as you like. We can evaluate the colors in our actual light, in relation to your hair, skin, and the photo background and make the best choices for each of your looks.
Hair and Makeup
If you're doing your own hair and makeup, please try to arrive as camera-ready as possible. But of course, you are fee to adjust, finish, and touch-up your look in my studio or on location before and during the shoot.
If you'd like to use a professional hair-and/or makeup artist (which I highly encourage) I can recommend several good ones to choose from. Their rates typically run about $100 to $150 for a photo shoot, and it's well worth it.
Escorts, Partners, Friends, Groupies, Hangers On
If you like, you can bring one person with you to the shoot—if you think you'll be more comfortable that way. But your companion should be prepared to be (a) bored, or (b) put to work as an assistant, or (c) both.
Depening on the look you want, we may use 100% natural light, 100% studio lights, or some combination of the two. Take a look at my photos, choose the style that you like, and we will use whatever light sources are neded to create that look. For actor headshots, we typically use big, natural window light, because that's the current "in" look. We may supplement it with a bit of hair light from the back, or hit the background with some light to make you stand out. For other styles, we use may use natural lights, studio strobes, or a combination of both to get the look you want. If you want to work outdoors, we can do that, too, including some great locations just a few steps outside our studio.