FAQs: Before Your Head Shot Session
How do I book a shoot?
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Click on the contact page, or follow this link right here to send me an email.
I'd love to hear from you!
Include as many details as you can, like which package you'd like to book, the style of shoot, the amount of people who'll be involved and when (more or less) you'd like to shoot.
What will the cost be for the shoot, and how long will it be?
Every photo shoot is different, depending on the number of people, the location, and the type/style of shooting.
Because of this I have spent a great deal of time crafting individual packages to suit everyone's needs. Send me an email and I'll let you know what the available options are.
Once you've decided on the package that's right for you, I'll send through available dates and time slots.
What is an ideal shoot time?
Taking photographs is all about the light. The most magical pictures happen when the light is soft and delicious - during the hour of sunrise or sunset.
I tend to aim to shoot in the late afternoon/early evening - around 7pm in summer and 4pm in winter. Read this post to discover more about why I insist on doing family shoots during magic hour.
We've never done this before! Tips please?
First up, don't stress!
My style of shooting is all about capturing relaxed candid moments.
My hope is that in ten years time you'll be able to look back at these pictures and see a moment in time - things just as they were.
Don't worry too much about the small details, I'll be keeping a keen eye for anything that's not quite fitting into the frame; all you have to do is take a deep breath and have fun!
I spend a little too much time on Pinterest - but it's all in the name of building heaps of ideas and inspiration to get us in the right mood for a shoot.
I will send you a link to the relevant inspiration board once you email me with your shoot choice.
How can we prepare for our shoot?
What a good question!
First up, read through all the information on this page, and on the page relating to the shoot you are booking.
Second of all, ask me all the questions you like! I'm happy to go over any details that may be stressing you out, and to work out any potential glitches. It's always good to know about these things before we start.
And then it's a good idea to have outfits prepped and ready, as well as any other particular locations or props that we may discuss.
I'm an actor/model - what extra prep should I do?
Before shooting we will discuss what type of performer you are, exactly what you're looking for in terms of the photos required, what roles and characters you tend to play, and any specifications that your agent has for your new head shots.
It's a good idea to have an in-depth chat with your agent before shooting as so to get a clear idea from them what they view as a good head shot, and what looks they'd like you to cover.
If you are yet to sign with an agent, it can still be useful to spend a bit of time looking at the websites of prospective agents to see the style of head shots they prefer.
What should I/we wear?
Have a look at the inspiration board I'll send you (let me know if I haven't sent you one yet) as a good starting point.
Then visit the individual portfolio page for the shoot of your choice, and read up on the wardrobe guidelines there!
Most importantly the clothes you wear should represent your personality!
Be true to who you are, and comfortable in your own skin/clothes, and it will really show in the final pictures.
What about posing?
This is the easy part - I tend to stay as far away as possible from photos that involve exaggerated poses and positions! I like to keep it natural and easy.
For head shots -
I have a heap of experience being on your side of the camera, and I know how nerve-wracking it can be! But it shouldn't be! We're here to have fun, so take a deep breath and relax. I'll give you hints and tips throughout the session - I want to make you look good!
What about the location?
The location will depend on the type of shoot.
For actors/models -
I do have a studio location that I use for the majority of my headshots and test shoot sessions. I will send you the address once the shoot has been booked.
For styled/concept shoots -
We will decide the location in the process of planning the shoot.
For corporates -
I am happy to come to your corporate environment for this type of shoot, as boardrooms, office space and outdoor areas are ideal.
What about the weather?
Some of my favourite photos have been taken in cloudy overcast weather!
The only time we will really need to reschedule is if it's a thunderstorm, and even that can be worked around.
Uh oh, I need to cancel!
Please note that my time is valuable!
If I've scheduled this shoot with you, it means I've turned down other shoots for that time period. I understand that life happens, and sometimes gets in the way, but I do require a full 24 hours cancellation/rescheduling notice, and will add an additional $20 (R200) onto your shoot fee every time you cancel/reschedule within less than 24 hours.
For the same reason, please do not be late!
Please note that by paying your 50% deposit you agree to the information outlined in this blog post and accept it as one would accept terms and conditions.
Still have more questions?
Visit these frequently asked questions posts on FAQ before the booking, FAQ before the shoot, and FAQ after the shoot.
I can't wait to hear from you!