The difference between a headshot and portrait is mostly determined by the end use. A headshot is a photograph which will be used to show a persons head and shoulders to casting agents for acting and modelling work. A headshot needs to be well lit to show the persons features, it should have a clean background without distractions and should have minimal editing. The subjects face should have a neutral expression or a natural smile unless they have a specific requirement for a particular role.
A portrait is usually a bit more relaxed and can include some of the environment in the photograph. Perhaps a chair the person is sitting on, perhaps their office. It could also include a more personal style and show elements of hobbies
Sessions can take place in my studio located near Watford at the North West of London or if your needs require something different I can travel to your chosen location (may require extra fee). Each look consists of images from one scene with one outfit.
You should bring plenty of options to the shoot, we will go over it before hand but here are some pointers for you:
Hair and makeup is NOT included in the session fee.
A lot of guys think they don’t need make-up and a lot of girls think they can do it themselves, but we all can look our best with the help of a professional. No one is blemish free and proper makeup is the foundation for proper retouching. Great make-up done once is much better than fixing several images in Photoshop. Hair styling may not be necessary for shorter haired males, but changing a hair style and make-up between looks is highly recommended for females.
You can bring your own makeup artist to the shoot, or I can provide a HMUA that I work with all the time and love!
My studio is open for you to have your hair and makeup done before your session, just make sure to let me know when you schedule your appointment.
For most headshot sessions my turnaround time is three business days to get your gallery of images. Once you make your retouching selections it is typically another two to three business days before your final, edited images are delivered to you. If you have a deadline and need something even faster, be sure to let me know when you book.
The aim is always to get the best possible images while shooting. I’ll take plenty of shots and once they are transferred to the computer I’ll filter out any with closed eyes or wayward hair etc.
The remaining images have a simple colour correction and crop at which point I’ll share them with you online. You can then choose the images you want retouched to remove any blemishes, stray hairs and other distractions.
I will do up to three rounds of editing on each image. Additional rounds of retouching will be priced at £10-£30 depending on complexity. Keep in mind though that headshots should be as natural as possible and not overly edited, you don’t want them to look like fashion or beauty shots. The video below explains what casting agent are looking for.
Once all the retouching is complete I will deliver the hi-res images online in a private gallery on my website where you are free to download them at your convenience.
Prints are available from any final high-res image and can be selected and ordered directly from your private gallery.
A compcard is an A5 card which works best when three or five images are selected. It consists of one full size image on one side of the card with the remaining two or four images on the reverse with your stats like height and contact information. The purpose of a compcard is to give clients and casting directors an idea of how you look closeup, full body, smiling and not smiling.
For a business person one great head and shoulder shot with a smile should be great for your website, LinkedIn profile and email signature.
As an actor, the type of shots you need is going to be determined by a few factors
Models should also have a full length shot and possibly more looks to show their versatility.
Your images are licensed for personal use which includes using them for social media and promoting yourself on websites. What you can’t do is sell the images for other people to use to promote their products or movies etc If you want to do that come and talk to me and we’ll sort out the licensing.
Basic Headshot: £120
Basic head and shoulders shot suitable for actors, models and business people
One person, one outfit/look
One high-resolution retouched image
Full length, 3/4 or headshots
One person, Up to three outfits/looks
Four high-resolution retouched images
Full length, 3/4 or headshots
One person, Up to five outfits/looks
Six high-resolution retouched images
Additional Images 1-5 £30 each, 6-10 £28 each, 11-20 £25 each, 20+ £20 each
Composite Cards (requires standard or deluxe package)
PDF only £50
PDF with 50 printed cards £100
PDF with 100 printed cards £125
PDF with 250 printed cards £175
PDF with 500 printed cards £220