Headshots & Portraits - Frequently Asked Questions and Terms & Conditions
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- What should I wear?
Bring a range of different tops with varied neck lines that you think are suitable for you and the potential characters/age groups that you would also like to portray. Bring a range of black/grey/denim but also try experimenting with colours to bring out your eyes and compliment the colour of your hair. White tops can be quite overpowering on camera and can wash you out if you have pale skin but don't rule it out completely if there's a top that you love! Bring everything and we can decide. Think about different jackets (leather/denim etc) that can look quite good as well and definitely have something that shows off your collarbones. Ladies - be sure to wear a strapless tan bra if you have one to make changes simple and to avoid any unwanted lines. If you don't own one have a think about another bra/under top that will hide well with your looks. We can go through the different choices when you arrive to your session and I can help choose the best looks for you. We can usually fit in around 5-7 top changes in a three hour session and 3-4 in a 90 min session. Also, don't forget to iron out any creases! :)
- What shall I do about hair & make-up (and eyebrows)?
Keep make-up as minimal as possible. Try to avoid lipstick and thick liquid eye-liner as it can make your eyes appear smaller. If you have any spots just cover them up with concealer and I will edit them out after. Try to avoid caking on foundation. It's best to turn up with a little make-up on first that you can add to. I would advise against liquid foundation/highlighter unless you are an absolute pro at applying it and that's the look you're going for. What I use personally is a powdered foundation such as The Body Shop 'Face Base.' This can be applied on thick with a damp sponge or it can be used to brush over the face for a light natural dusting (my favourite.) Have a play a few days before your session so you can perfect the look you want so it looks most like you. I can advise whether you need more mascara, etc. Bring all of your daily make-up with you so you can do this. Guys can do this too if they wish! Keep eyebrows well groomed. If you have one, an eyebrow brush is an amazing tool to use and bring with you. After washing your face in the morning let your eyebrows dry in the shape you desire and this will help them keep in place for the day. I can photo shop any strays so don't worry about applying gel or hairspray to your eyebrows. As for hair, again you want to go natural but keep it similar to how you would wear it to an audition. Don't forget to bring a hair brush and any products you might need. Guys are welcome to shave mid session in the bathrooms at the local pub.
- How should I prepare in the time running up to the shoot?
For the week running up to the shoot make sure you are getting the right amount of sleep and don't drink heavily! Especially don't turn up hungover. You won't be pleased with how you look on camera. It has happened. Stay hydrated all week if possible! Keep eyebrows well groomed and don't try any new face treatments that your skin isn't used to too close to the day. Avoid fake tan and if you are getting a hair cut, have it done the week before rather than the week of the shoot so it has time to settle. If you have any facial piercings please take them out for your session unless you would prefer to keep them in. Keep your face moisturised running up to the shoot and use a clear lip balm every day and on the day to avoid dry lips. Bring your lip balm with you! :)
- What is your availability like?
As a performer myself I am only slightly limited in the week for bookings depending on auditions or jobs. I am available for sessions on weekends too so just contact me to find out when we can book a session together.
- What if I am running early or late?
Depending on your time slot I may be with another client or have another client after you so please aim to be on time. If you are late this may eat into your session time. If you are early you are welcome to wait in the local cafe/pub mentioned in the meeting location I have emailed you (if open). Just drop me a text to let me know you have arrived: 07767 753473.
- What happens if it rains?
The location is set outdoors but it is sheltered from the rain. It might get windy at times so bring a bottle of hairspray and a hair brush or comb just in case. If heavy rain and wind is forecast then we may have to reschedule.
- Prices & Payment?
A non refundable deposit of £30.00 is required at the time of booking to secure the session and the balance can be paid on the day.
- If you decide to re-schedule your booking for another date or time, your deposit will be held and transferred to the new date. (Up to 1 weeks notice required or the deposit will be lost and must be paid again.)
- If I decide to cancel your session for any reason then your deposit will be returned in full. This will only be likely if I were to receive a contract that would take me away from the area for a vast amount of time.
- What does the session fee cover?
The fee covers your physical photo shoot and the number of included edited images stated in the package you have chosen. Additional edited images can be purchased for £15 each. All images from the session are free to download from your gallery to keep for reference however they will be low-res watermarked files that cannot be altered.
- Student Discount? Student discount may only apply if you are either under 18 or have a full time valid ID card for recognised Drama School or University. Please present your ID on the day of your session and be sure to mention it at the time of booking.
- Where are you based?
My main headshot location is in Guildford, Surrey which is only a 30 minute fast train from London Waterloo. Here we can work with lot's of different backgrounds and lighting styles. I also have an alternate location in Old Basing, Hampshire if it is more convenient. However, the Guildford location allows for more flexibility in image style. I currently live in Hartley Wintney, Hampshire and can travel anywhere if you wish to have a home session for your young performer where I can bring extra equipment to set up in your home or garden. General portraits can be shot anywhere on location. Headshots require strict lighting conditions and so are limited to my favourite spots in Guildford or Old Basing.
- What happens after the shoot?
Once the shoot is over I will eliminate any shots of closed eyes etc and upload all of the good proofs to an online gallery which is password protected. There you will be able to view all of the unedited images and download the low-res files if you need to. The images are numbered and you can email me back with your image choices. Image RAWS will be kept for 3 years. You will receive a notification before both the files and the online gallery will be deleted in case you wish to purchase any remaining images. Your images may also be used on my website or social media pages as advertising to help spread the word. Please let me know if you'd prefer your images to be kept between us.
- What is your turn around time?
It usually takes between 7-14 days to get your edited images back to you. If you need them urgently there is an optional rush edit fee of £15 per image to speed up turnaround time to 48 hours.
- How much editing do you do?
I take a lot of care in the editing process from the perfect crop right to the tiniest blemish in your skin. Spots will be banished completely along with stray hairs, dry patches of skin, and much more. Your eyes will pop and you will be pleased with the outcome. If there is anything extra you'd like me to do just let me know and I can do it, (unless of course its changing the colour of your eyes or something like that - keep it natural haha!)
- Can I edit my own headshots? As I pride myself on my branding and know exactly how a headshot should look then I do not allow any further editing on headshots once delivered to the client. I would also recommend to refrain from sharing any unedited headshots in a professional context until you have received your final re-touched images.
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