How much is a headshot session?
Headshot rates in Los Angeles and New York can be higher than anywhere else in the US. However, headshot photographers usually offer budget-friendly headshot packages along with regular ones. The most affordable package costs $200 for a fifteen-minute express headshot session. It includes one look, two retouched images, access to an online gallery with all your high-resolution images.
Our best value headshot package costs $500. It includes a one-hour headshot session, unlimited looks, 4 retouched images, 24-hour turnaround, and a download of all your images.
Add-ons include make-up ($100 – $150), an additional hour ($100), additional retouched images ($30 per image)
Get all the details about headshot pricing here.
What if I want additional images retouched?
No problem. We charge $30 per image for a basic headshot retouch, which includes removing skin blemishes, slight teeth whitening, modifying the exposure, sharpening, cropping. We also offer advanced retouching at an additional cost, like beard removal, changing eye and hair color, adding digital makeup, changing the background, etc.
Can I split my headshot package with a friend?
I get this question a lot, especially from emerging actors. Yes, you can split the unlimited headshot package. You will have to share the amount of retouched images or just ask for additional ones. If you have further questions about headshot pricing feel free to give us a call.
How to schedule a headshot session with you?
You can see the available dates and book a headshot session online on our website.
What happens if I don’t show up for the headshot session?
You can reschedule your headshot session at least 24 hours before the shoot. Otherwise, you will lose the deposit.
How quickly do I receive my images to review?
Within 24-hours after the shoot. We are loyal to our 24-hour turnaround policy because everyone loves it.
What is the turnaround policy?
You get the raw images within 24 hours or mostly on the same day of the shoot. As for retouched images, you get them within one business day after making the selection.
Can I request to get my retouched images on the day of the shoot?
Yes. We offer a same-day turnaround for a $100 rush charge. Otherwise, you’ll get the images within 24 hours of making your final choice.
Do I get all my images?
Yes. You receive an online gallery of the entire session. If you request, I can forward you high-resolution images at no additional charge. There are exceptions for Actors Networking Events.
Can I see my photos during the headshot session?
Yes. I always show my clients their images during the photoshoot. You can also view the pictures on a big monitor, and I can help you choose the final images. You can see the headshot process on my Instagram stories.
Where can I see your headshot examples?
You can visit my headshot portfolio section on my website to see some headshot examples. Besides, you can find more samples of my work on Instagram and Facebook. Some of my clients post their headshots on yelp and google reviews as well.
Do I tip my headshot photographer?
It’s up to you.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
You cannot reschedule or cancel your appointment within 24 hours prior to your appointment date. For example: If you have an appointment on Wednesday at 3pm, you can make changes anytime before Tuesday 2:59pm. No cancellation after Tuesday 3pm.
What if I am late?
We usually recommend our clients to arrive at least 5 minutes earlier. However, if you are late, we will have to shoot less. For example, if you are scheduled for an hour-long session from 5pm-6pm and you arrive at 5:15pm we’ll finish the session at 6pm as scheduled.
How do you accept payment?
Cash, credit card, Venmo, Zelle, PayPal.
When do I pay the full amount?
On the day of the shoot.
Do you offer refunds?
Absolutely. I do offer refunds if you do not like my work as a photographer because of technical issues and malfunctions. However, if you are late, if you don’t like your hair, makeup or clothes I do not offer refunds. For further information on headshot pricing feel free to reach out to us.
What to Wear for a Headshot Session
What is the best color to wear for a headshot?
Plain colors are your best choice for a headshot session. Prints or patterns distract attention and date your photo. Choose mid-tone colors in green, blue, purple, and wine because they are universally flattering. Avoid wearing tops in flesh tones like pastels, cream, beige, yellow, or peach as they will blend your face into your clothes. As there are usually two-layered clothes, don’t forget about matching the colors and tones. Read more about do’s and don’ts of headshot wardrobe on our website.
After scheduling the shoot, feel free to contact us for a complimentary wardrobe consultation.
What to wear?
Wear clothes that are comfortable and make you feel great. Bring specific clothing to create various characters. As most of our headshot sessions include unlimited looks, bring everything you like. Don’t forget to press your clothes to give them a new look. Bring glasses. A jacket or a suit is an excellent choice for men wishing to look more professional. Pay attention to details. Layers, ties, belts are an inseparable part of a headshot wardrobe. Try not to be too eccentric while creating a unique personality. Read more about what to wear for a headshot session.
What should you not wear to a photoshoot?
Avoid busy patterns, big logos, stripes, and anything distracting. Remember, that the most important part of the headshot is your face, especially your eyes. Read more about what not to wear for a headshot session.
Can I wear black in a headshot?
Should I wear jewelry in a headshot?
Most industry professionals do not recommend it
How should I wear my hair for a professional headshot?
Whether you are planning to hire a stylist or do your hair yourself, make sure it looks natural. Do not overdo it. You can add some curl or wave. They look great in headshots. Note that most cuts look their best after one week.
Should I consider hiring a hairstylist for a headshot session?
Every headshot photographer in Los Angeles would say “YES” because it guarantees the best result. Most makeup artists who cooperate with photographers offer hair services as well. The hair and makeup rates vary between $150-$200. However, if you know your hair better, like me, do your hair yourself!
Do I really need makeup for my headshot?
We strongly recommend it. Even for men. It reduces shine, makes retouching look more natural. See all the reasons why you should use a makeup artist for your headshot.
I usually wear glasses. Do I need to keep them for a headshot session?
Character Types for a Headshot Session
What are the most common character types for men to consider for a headshot session?
Some of the most common character types are Leading Man, Gangster, Caring Father. Other character types are a Shady BusinessMan, Cop, Judge, Professor, Barista, Office Guy, Blue-collar Worker, Rebellious Teen, Sales Clerk, Bully, Security Guard, Young Intern, Villain, etc.
What are the most common character types for women to consider for a headshot session?
Some of the most common character types are Businesslady, Girl Next Door, Mom. Other popular character types are Barista, Hip Girl, Office Girl, Pretty Girl Who Doesn’t Know It, Sales Clerk, Teacher, Bully, Rebellious Teen, Sexy Middle-Aged Woman, Young Intern.
How many looks should I get?
We recommend getting at least two headshot looks: a theatrical and a commercial.