What to expect
You are interested in booking a session with me. Yay! That's awesome! I'm more than happy to talk you through my process. You most probably have reached out to me already requesting a quote with your desired service. Great! For any further details, you can find all information on my packages, services, and rates in the 'Rates' section on this website.
Furthermore, I exclusively shoot outdoors. Why? Because I believe it gives you the best results when it comes to the cinematic headshot that works its wonders especially for TV and film. My style is exactly that: the cinematic headshot that puts you right there where you need to be in terms of branding. NYC has the best possible backdrop for this purpose, from gritty and dark to bright and upscale, this city has it all within just a few blocks away from each other. I also love shooting with natural light. So, all in all, studios are not my jam, I'm not a fan of studio backdrops and artificial lighting. I also believe that
Your'e interested in my headshots services. Yay! You probably already know which package you'd like. That's great! If not, I'd be happy to assist you with that as well.
We'll schedule a free phone call consultation where we can get to know each other and talk about any questions, concerns and anything else you might want to know. I'm happy to assist you with branding on looks/types and the fitting wardrobe. As an industry person myself, I'm well aware of the casting process and what is needed to attract the attention of industry professionals. Nothing is better than to know who you are as an actor and be aware of your essence, be prepared for the shoot, and come into the session with a clear plan and intent. I'm very happy to help you with that. Another note: it's of utmost importance to me that we truly capture YOU and how you look in person in the headshot, to fully represent you and your brand. If you need assistance with branding, I will have to ask for a deposit of 1/3rd of the final package price in advance to secure our work together. Venmo, Zelle, and PayPal works great for that purpose. We'll be in touch about branding and wardrobe over text messages or email. If you don't need extra branding, we'll still work through wardrobe for our shoot together.
Once we figured out your looks and wardrobe, we'll schedule a date and I'll make sure to find the perfect background to represent and enhance the types you'll be going for (meaning: you want to portray the undercover detective, double agent? I'll choose a darker, more mysterious and / or gritty background for you...). We'll most probably meet somewhere in TriBeCa at a Cafe to get to know each other first and have a place for you to change into your first look. We'll shoot away and have fun. Most importantly: we'll have FUN!
How and when do I pay?
You'll pay the full price the day of the shoot either cash, check, Venmo, Chase QuickPay or PayPal. Most preferred payment method is cash or Venmo. If you pay via PayPal, you'll have to pay me under 'friends and family' or add the additional PayPal fee. If you have previously needed assistance with branding, you'll pay the other 2/3rds of the price the day of the shoot.
What about hair and makeup?
I often suggest my clients to do hair and makeup themselves. Why? I read this very informative article on Backstage that said this: .... " Your headshot should look like you when you walk into a room, so it should represent how you look on a good average day, not necessarily your best day. Unless you’re planning on getting your hair and makeup done professionally for every single audition you go on (unlikely), you should do your makeup as you would on any given day. Natural makeup is best; you want to look like you’re not wearing makeup. Save the glamour shots for your website or your modeling profile." And this very much makes sense to me. Most importantly, you should look like your headshot when you enter the room. So, it's advisable that you know how to recreate that look when you walk in the room. As an actor, it's also generally great to know how to do hair and makeup yourself. Nevertheless, if you'd like hair and makeup done, I'd suggest to get a blowout before our session and either have your makeup professionally done before we meet or have a makeup artist come to our location where they would apply your makeup on location outside or rent a studio before the shoot.
How do I find a makeup artist?
I have a few makeup artists I like to work with and can forward their information. Their price ranges anywhere between $175 - $300 plus possible additional charges should you want them to stay throughout the shoot. Anything further, you may discuss with the makeup artist.
What happens after the shoot?
Once we are done with the shoot, I'll make a pre-selection of roughly 150-200 photos for you and will get them to you anywhere between 1-4 days. You'll receive my selection of photos (unedited and unretouched in smaller resolution for an easier overview) via online link (most probably through wetransfer). You will receive an email from them with a link where you can either download all of the photos or you can also preview them without having to download them all. Once you made up your mind, give me the full file name of the desired photos that are included in your package and I'll edit and retouch them for you. You'll receive your edited and retouched photos anywhere between 1-4 days.
What if I want more retouched and edited photos?
Any additional photos you'd like to have edited and retouched that are not included in the package, I'm charging an additional $20 dollars per image.
What is included in the retouching and editing?
I will make sure to make your photos 'pop'.I will adjust and enhance lighting and color, retouch anything around and on the face, I'll make the eyes shine and pop to give that overall cinematic look I love so much. However, I like to keep the retouching on a lighter scale as I'm not a fan of the plastic look. ;-) What is not included are getting rid of flyaways, frizz, or wrinkles, change of color on wardrobe items etc, taking away certain items such as earrings etc, and anything that requires a full on photoshop job, which is not a part of my services.
Editorial and lifestyle
The process is similar to the headshot service process. What we'll discuss are types, looks, wardrobe, and suitable locations / areas that match your types. It'll all take place in one area, but in several locations. We'll walk around and capture all sorts of moments and backgrounds and situations. What is different are mainly the locations, since they'll be a lot more specific and we'll capture several angles ranging from wide to close up. And also, the freedom of walking around and shoot as we go, actor-director style. I also like to call these photos 'mock film stills', because they'll look like they could have been from a movie. It'll be so much fun and great! This session is close to an actual acting gig, much rather than a photo shoot.