I like the idea of “Neutral Strong.” A headshot should trigger an emotional response of casting to bring the actor in for a reading.
When I first meet someone I’m discovering their look – their defining image. When are they bubbling over, when are they flat and when are they in their neutral zone – absolutely present? It’s my job to create a comfortable space for you to be yourself and to get the equipment and the lighting right to produce a crisp and vibrant image. It is also my job to wait for and capture that moment when you are confident and present in the moment. That is what I call neutrally strong. Therefore, a good headshot is one where someone can look at it and imagine the actor playing whatever role they might be right for.
Come to your headshot session fresh and ready to have a good time. Eat well, sleep well and clear your head in the days before your sitting. Take some snapshots and smartphone clicks with friends to get a sense of your best side and comfort zones. Know what looks you’re going for if you’re agent hasn’t already told you.
Here are some general rules regarding wardrobe:
– Avoid solid white, sleeveless tops, deep “V” necks (unless you’re going for a more sexy look)
– Avoid big prints, strong stripes, paisley, polka dots.
– Generally, don’t let your clothing compete with your for attention. Your wardrobe should compliment your image.
Hair and Makeup:
Women – you can do your own hair and make-up if you are good at it, however, I recommend bringing someone you trust or hiring someone to do it for you that understands make-up for headshot photography. The average rate for a hair and make-up artist is around $125 to $150 dollars. I have a list if you need it.
Men – some coaching can get you there with some simple base (make sure it’s your color) and some other simple tips. I have a list of tips and also the list of make-up artists if you need.
Children – little or no make-up required.
Sessions and Location:
Sessions are by appointment only. I have partnerships with art and photography studios in North Hollywood, Santa Monica and Long Beach locations. I generally shoot 2 days in each location every week. The beach locations are recommended for outdoor lighting. I love working with water reflectance, especially during golden hour near or on the beach.