About Rates or Costs
Headshot rates and details on what is included are conveniently listed on the rates page, available from the main menu. There are also mobile headshot rates there. General video production rates are listed. The studio also offers gift certificates. Please inquire from the contact page for custom rates.
You can pay by payment apps that include Venmo or PayPal. Major credit cards are also accepted. In addition, you can pay with cash. For cash, exact amounts are preferred. Sorry, no personal checks or cryptocurrency are accepted. Payments where fees are not incurred are preferred. Corporations with a tax ID can pay with a corporate check.
Deposits are due when booking. Payment for a session is due in full at the completion, or end, of the scheduled session. A receipt is provided for tax filing purposes, expense reports, etc.
Please see the RATES page and select the category of photo shoot you want to see comprehensive details of what's included.
Yes. Prints are additional. Rates for on-site printing services can be seen at the RATES page, available from the main menu.
About the Headshot Session
When you book online, you will be shown what each session includes. You can go see these details by selecting a headshot category from the RATES page. Generally, what is not included is: hair and makeup stylist, printing, wardrobes, expenses, and anything else not listed under the rates section.
After the session is complete, and usually within 1-3 business days, an online proof gallery will be provided via email to review the photos. Once you have made your selection(s) and submit it, light retouching will be done to those selection(s). Around another 1-3 business days after you have submitted them, you will be emailed a download link where all the photos can be downloaded.
The retouched photos are provided in two formats: print-quality PNG sized as an 8x10” and as web-optimized JPEG files (smaller files ideal for posting online, emailing, digital submissions, etc.). The usable photos not selected for retouching are also provided as web-optimized JPEG files.
You should come hair and makeup ready for your session. Some people like to bring a stylist with them. You can do this but please note at least half the session time must be devoted to shooting versus spending time doing look changes. If you need recommendations for a stylist, the studio has a short list of them that previous clients used and said they were satisfied with them.
Session times can range from 30 minutes to a two hours, depending on how many looks and retouches you need. Quick sessions for one retouch and look are around 30 minutes for businesspersons. Actor sessions for unlimited looks are usually around an 1-2 hours.
No. Sessions are by appointment only.
It is possible, depending on the day’s workload. Please inquire as early as possible, using the contact page available at the main menu. There is an additional fee for same-day service.
A look is generally an outfit change, change of accessories like a tie or glasses, or a change in hair style or makeup. It can also be a change in the background or lighting.
Yes, for the photos you select, based on the session chosen and paid for. Retouching is done to enhance the photos while preserving a natural look. There are some "experts" that claim retouching is bad. This is simply untrue. Some blemishes should be removed because they are naturally not always part of you - acne, a flyaway hair, some red eye, lint, etc.
There are well more than one hundred in-studio background options, that vary in colors, gradients, spotlighting, brick, and more. For examples of some of these, see headshots.thelightcommittee.com/backgrounds/
For cityscape shots, in the downtown Glendale area. We will likely meet at a pre-agreed location. We will then walk around and take shots wherever the setting seems appropriate for your goals. For a garden / nature setting, we will meet at a garden or other nature-like area in the Glendale area. It will likely have plenty of different nature looks - greenery, flowers, trees, etc. Custom locations are an option for an additional fee.
Yes. There is a standard liability release for the studio and permission for photography. It can be done digitally from a computer or your phone – no need to print anything. You will receive a copy for your records. Please keep it as some printing shops require proof of a photographer's permission to print photos for business use. It is required to do this form before your scheduled session. The digital form will be provided via text or email once your session time is set.
Booking a Session
Sessions are usually booked online using a reservation system. You can find the booking system on the website via the RATES page. You can also call the studio - happy to book for you but it should be noted you will need to be asked to reveal the address for the credit card to be used.
Most sessions require a deposit to hold a session time that is applied toward the total cost of the session. The balance is due at the end of the session. There is a cancellation policy to accept, of which you will get the chance to read before finishing your booking.
This varies depending on current demand. However, it is generally best to plan for at least two days prior to your desired date for a session. You can book up to a month in advance. Sessions are by appointment only.
Yes, but please inform the studio of such plans as anyone entering is accepting the studio liability release.
Preparing for the Headshot Session
The quick answer is, keep it simple – solid vibrant colors are best for actors and models - bring plenty of options with you. For businesspersons, when wearing a tie or similar accessories, consider minimal patterns or colors that contrast well, but are not the same color as the suit coat. Generally, keep jewelry to a minimum. The main point is that you want your face to outshine what you are wearing so the focus stays on you and not what you are wearing. For modeling digitals, solid black or other solid dark colors are good as well as form-fitting clothes. Also, bring plenty of options.
If you are getting a haircut before, try to do it at least a few days to a week prior so your hair has time to grow back a bit to your more natural look. Also, just in case you get a bad haircut, there is recovery time. Wearing light makeup is okay – just do not go beyond what you would do on a typical day. Get a good night’s sleep the night before so you look fresh all day the day of your headshots. Also, drink lots of water for a couple of days ahead of your session, so your skin looks more naturally hydrated.
If you normally wear glasses – to meet clients, during your workday, for castings, etc. – it is recommended to wear your glasses. It is a good idea to look as close to how you would look on a typical day. However, sunglasses are almost never recommended. If you have anti-reflective glasses, those are usually more helpful to prevent glare from lighting.
It is usually best to keep jewelry to a minimum. But again, it is okay to wear some, usually the same amount of jewelry you would for a typical workday, client meeting, casting, etc.
About the Studio and Location
The studio is in Glendale and hours are M-F, 10-6. For the most current details on locations and hours, please see the CONTACT page on the website.
In addition to the main studio area, there is a restroom / changing room. There is a waiting room. There is a secondary studio room. There is also a makeup table and mirror area. Free Wi-Fi is available if needed. There are also free drinks: bottled or cooler spring water, coffee, or tea.
There is one parking spot for customers to park free behind the studio. You enter the parking lot on the right side of the building. Park in any open spot, without blocking other cars, and you can ignore the "automotive" signs when looking for parking. The street in front of the studio – Colorado St. – is also free to park on for up to 2 hours. But you should always verify how much time is allowed for yourself.
The studio has a comprehensive array of high-end commercial photography gear to do practically any type of photography and lighting as well as some video productions. This includes multiple studio lights and modifiers, many backgrounds, and much more. Camera gear includes full-frame sensor models, premium prime and zoom branded lenses. Studio lighting includes commercial-grade strobes for photography and continuous light setups for video.