HEADSHOT FAQ

DO YOU HAVE AN INITIAL CONSULTATION?

This is really up to you. We can meet in person, talk on the phone or email and talk about the entire headshot process and how you can prepare for it. It is much easier for us to go over looks in advanced, so we know exactly what you will be wearing. This is also a chance for you to ask me any questions you may have prior to your photoshoot. 

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM A HEADSHOT SESSION?

When shooting with me, you can expect a comfortable, relaxed and fun environment.  If we are on location, each look can take up to 30 minutes to an hour depending on what we discussed prior to the shoot. Photoshoots by me are usually shot with natural light. However, if the look requires a more dramatic look, I will have an off-camera flash set up. Shooting in a studio is about the same, however, the lighting is mostly tungsten mixed with flash. 

If shooting indoors, snacks and drinks will be provided. If we are on location, I will try my best to bring waters and snacks, but just in case, try to bring your own! 

Always bring an iPod with a playlist of your choice! Otherwise you’ll have to deal with my crazy music taste! 

HOW MANY "LOOKS" DOES A HEADSHOT SESSION INCLUDE?

A typical Headshot Session usually includes up to 4 looks. A look is a hair and wardrobe change. Think of is as a different style for each headshot. A look is a complete outfit change. Accessories to not count as a look change. 

HOW LONG DOES THE SESSION TAKE AND IS THERE COLLABORATION BETWEEN US?

A typical headshot session by me lasts around 3 to 4 hours. This allows the client to have time for look changes as well as hair/makeup. 

You can expect a basic headshot session to reach up to 500 images. In that case, an online gallery will be sent to you to review the proofs. You will then send me your favorites to be chosen. However if you have the time, you can come into my office and we can sit down to go through the proofs together. 

I’m always excited to collaborate with a client. Whether it’s a Pinterest board set up before our shoot or magazine clippings, this will make the session more fun and relaxed. 

DO I NEED TO USE A MAKEUP ARTIST?

Yes. But no. You can come into a shoot “photo ready”. Meaning you do all your own hair and makeup the way you like it. This is a cheaper alternative to hiring a professional to come in. I have many contacts for Makeup Artists, however they are paid separately from the session. 

If you decide to come in “photo ready” I may ask that you go out and buy some powder for touchups through out the session. 

If you decide to hire a MUA, then you will not have to worry about anything. They will know what to do touchups. 

All of this may be discussed at the consultation before your session. 

DO YOU RETOUCH IMAGES THAT I CHOOSE?

I don’t believe in super retouching. I believe in natural beauty. However, with that, I do simple retouching. Color correction, cropping, spot removal, etc. I can do up to 5 images for free.

Remember, too much retouching doesn’t get you hired in the entertainment industry. They want to see you for who you really are! 


WEDDING FAQ

I WOULD LIKE YOU TO SHOOT MY WEDDING, HOW DO I START THE PROCESS?

You can reach me via my contact form. In it, include your wedding date and venue and I will respond to you as soon as possible. I highly recommend coming into my office for a meeting so we can get to know each other and establish a relationship before working together. This is a great opportunity to get to know your photographer, and also ask any questions you may have. Once you’ve decided to choose me as your photographer, I will send a contract for you to sign and and return with a deposit. After that, you can take a deep breath! 

HOW MUCH DOES A SESSION COST?

Right now, basic wedding packages start at $1495. Contact me for a full rate sheet and details. 

HOW MUCH IS A DEPOSIT?

I require a 50% initial deposit and the rest of the fee to be paid two weeks prior the wedding day. The deposit reserves your spot, as well as establishes costs for rentals, assistants, travel, etc. 

HOW FAR SHOULD WE BOOK IN ADVANCED?

Normally 6-12 months in advance as soon as you have a date and venue. If however you don't plan in advanced, still contact me incase a spot is open! 

DO YOU SHOOT WITH AN ASSISTANT?

Yes. I always shoot with an assistant. They help me throughout the entire day. This allows me up to focus on shooting and capturing those special moments. 

WHERE ARE YOU BASED?

I am based in Los Angeles. If you aren’t local to Los Angeles, please refer to the next question.

DO YOU TRAVEL?

Yes! Let me know where you are and we can figure out the best plan so I can cover your special day! 

WHEN DO WE DO WEDDING PORTRAITS?

Typically, after the ceremony. However, this is really up to your wedding planner. If time permits, shooting portraits before the ceremony allows more time after the ceremony for your guests to enjoy their time! Depending on time and conditions, shooting after ceremony could have better light with the soft setting sun! 

DO YOU SHOOT IN RAW?

Not that you should know what RAW means, but yes. I consider myself a perfectionist- shooting in RAW allows me to have precise control over each of my images. 

DO YOU SHOOT IN BLACK AND WHITE?

Yes. I will have my film camera with me along with my digital cameras. This allows me to make authentic and beautiful black and white images. Some digital images are later converted to black and white during processing. 

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU SHOOT WITH?

If you're curious with what I shoot- I shoot with a 5D Mark III as well as a Canon 7D. My lenses include a 24-70mm, 70-200mm, 35mm and 50mm. Sometimes I will pull out a macro lens to shoot details. I also use flashes, but mostly for portraits and reception shots only. 

WHEN CAN I EXPECT MY IMAGES AFTER MY WEDDING?

Your photos will generally be ready within 2-4 weeks following the wedding. I go through a careful process of choosing the best images from the day and processing each of them with individual attention. Rush orders are available for an extra fee. 

DO YOU OFFER ALBUMS?

Yes. I offer custom-designed hardbound coffee-table photo books along with a selection of other a la carte products. This can be established during one of our meetings before the big day. 

WHO CHOOSES THESE IMAGES FOR THE ALBUM?

This is a time for both of you to collaborate with me in curating an album. I give you one full revision along with one small revision toward the end. I offer you a chance to pick a selection of photos that you must have in the album.