BOOKING A SHOOT
I have had the pleasure of working with Chad Michael Ward twice at his studio in Hollywood and both times have been incredible. He’s professional, personable, respectful and creatively charged. He is an artist that gives great direction, has a clear vision of what he wants to accomplish in his works, and never fails to deliver awe-inspiring results.
– Samantha Franco
You only get one chance to make a first impression…
As an experienced headshot, portrait and glamour photographer for nearly 15 years, I understand the needs of both established and up-and-coming performers in today’s hyper-competitive market. If you’re like me, your image is part of your brand. Maybe its a headshot to send to prospective Casting Directors, maybe it’s new band promos to send to the record labels or maybe it’s a company portrait for your amazing new business project. Or…maybe you just need some kick ass images to make all your friends jealous on social media.
Either way, I’ve got you covered!
From traditional commercial and theatrical headshots to moody portraits and more, my photographic work will help set you apart from your peers and competitors in this insanely competitive town we call home.
PACKAGE 1 – CLASSIC HEADSHOTS
Shot against a paper background using natural daylight, these Classic Headshots are simple and bold, making them perfect for casting calls and submissions.
$100 Session Fee
$100 per purchased photo
25% Discount on purchases of 5 or more photos
PACKAGE 2 – STUDIO PORTRAITS
Shot in the studio with strobe lighting, these portraits range from the dynamic and bold to the moody and mysterious. Perfect for all types of occasions and types!
$150 Session Fee
$150 per purchased photo
25% Discount on purchases of 5 or more photos
***There is a $100 non-refundable deposit required to schedule an appointment which will be applied to your session.
***The balance and a signed model release are required upon completion of the photo session on the day of the shoot.
***Hair and makeup is optional, though HIGHLY suggested. You are welcome to provide your own hair and makeup artist or one can be provided for you at a rate of $150 for the first look and $50 for each additional look.
FACTS AND INFO
How Are You Marketing Yourself?
Taking headshots isn’t just about taking a pretty picture. It’s about creating a tool that will help you display the best representation of yourself, when you can’t be present to do so. Figuring out the marketing value of your headshots is what will set you apart from other actors that may have a similar look as you. Contact your agency to find out exactly what they want from your headshots. Where do you see yourself in the industry? Theatrical, Independent films, Commercial, Sitcoms, Comedy? Think about the various types of shows and roles out there and pinpoint where you might fit in. The easier you make it for casting, the more likely you’ll be called in. If you don’t have an agent, you might want to ask your acting coach or some other industry professional. The point is that you want to have a clear and realistic idea of what you will be called in for. This will also allow you to plan your wardrobe accordingly.
Plan Wardrobe Accordingly
Now that you have a clear idea of how you are marketing yourself, make sure that what you are wearing is backing that up. You can never bring too many clothes to a shoot. If you are having a hard time choosing, I can give you some ideas beforehand and then help you coordinate the day of the shoot.
Stay away from clothes that are too bright, flashy or that may distract from you as the subject. jewel tones, earth tones or subtle primary colors work. The key point in a photograph should be the eyes; no ruffles, logos or distracting patterns that take the attention away from you. No white clothing. It doesn’t usually photograph very well in head shots. Choose colors that are good for your skin tone. If you have a unique eye color, bring something that will draw attention to them.
Have your clothes ironed and without lint. If you don’t iron, then send your clothes to the dry cleaners. Come with your clothes ready to shoot… Please do not come with your clothes crumpled up in a plastic bag.
Comfort in Front of the Camera
I understand that posing in front of a still camera is very different than being in front of a movie or television camera. The simple fact that in moving film you are told never to look into the camera, while with stills you are told to connect with the lens, is an example of how the transition can be challenging. People don’t always feel comfortable posing. If this is you… Than I have some tips:
It is best if you don’t look too posed in front of the camera. Look through magazines like Vanity Fair or your favorite magazine and see which pictures look too posed and which ones look natural. Notice the connection that you feel in the eyes (or if you don’t feel one.). You can practice some of the poses but not so much that you become cemented in them. You just really want to get a sense of what works and what doesn’t work. I even like people to bring in shots that they like. The more natural you look in your head shot, the more a Casting Director will want to call you in.
Being that a successful shot is all about the eyes AND being that the eyes are the windows to the soul, think of things that make you feel inviting. One of these would not be your ex who you just saw with a new person. You don’t want the casting director to feel as if you are throwing daggers at them through your eyes. (Unless you are going for that tortured angry look.) It all reads in the lens. Taking care of your “well being” is essential.
It is just a camera. The most important connection is between you and the photographer. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, make suggestions, etc.. Each person is unique that I work with. The more I know about what you are looking for in your headshots, the more I can deliver.
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