Session Info - Actor/Model

About your Model Session

When you arrive at our studio, we first begin by discussing your aspirations and identifying the primary purpose for your professional headshot and to sign the necessary releases. All clients are required to sign a model release, and a legal guardian who will monitor the sitting and sign the release must accompany minor clients. Payment is due in full at the time of your session.

Why Do I Need Two Images?

We approach the session in two distinct phases. First, we go for a "commercial" look. It is from this selection where you will most likely have a big smile. In phase two, we go for a more "theatrical" look.  It's important that we discuss the characters and roles you like to play and we bring out those characters during the shoot through roll playing.

The actual shooting is done in either in the studio or on location. During the session, ongoing conversation with the photographer is the norm and contributes to a informal atmosphere that allows us to capture you in a relaxed, natural pose. We'll take frequent breaks as needed so you can see the results or to change outfits.

When the shoot is over, the images will be transferred to our  27 inch iMac. Now comes the hard part! Culling down the images to between 10 and 15 for your online gallery at the end of the session. We'll keep the entire sitting on the master archive, but getting down to a smaller number on your gallery can be a challenge. If you have a talent agent, he or she will likely help you choose the final two poses that will be rendered into the great headshots which will help you get noticed.

The Online Gallery will be available at the end of the session. Once you have selected your final images, just call or email us with the image numbers. After  retouching, your images will be sent to our lab for printing. They'll be ready in three to five business days after you provide the image numbers. Keep in mind that the previews are unfinished representations of the final headshots. They will be artfully cropped, color and exposure corrected, and retouched before they can be used and reproduced in quantity.

You will receive two 8 x 10 prints, along with a DVD with the two final images. In addition, your DVD will include web-optimized versions of these final images for you to use in emails, on-line agency portfolios or any other web-based site you chose for self-promotion. You may order additional images for finishing at a very reasonable additional cost.

Please click here for information on how to prepare for your headshot. 

How often should I update my headshot?

You should get a new headshot whenever your appearance changes substantially. It is important that your headshot looks like you on your best day. If you change hairstyles, gain or lose weight, or feel you're looking more mature, it is probably time to update your headshot.

Even if nothing noticeable changes, it can also be a good idea to update your headshot regularly, perhaps every year or two, just to keep it fresh and in style. A great headshot should feel timeless, but hair and clothing styles do change.

What is a "comp card"?

A "comp card"  is a usually an 8.5" x 5.5" photographic compilation that generally includes a headshot, a few other representative shots, and the model's basic stats. Although useful for actors, if you are a model, a comp card is generally considered a must.

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