Los Angeles Headshots | Spring Rates from $125
Each Below Session Includes:
- A select number of retouched photos
- Online proofing gallery for retouch selection
- Retouches provided as a print-quality and web-optimized files
- Remaining photos as web-optimized files (without retouching)
- Photos delivered via online download link
Your Questions Answered (FAQ)
Most people prefer to use a HMUA that they find on their own or trust. But, I do maintain a short-list of artists that previous clients have used and were happy with. Feel free to ask about it. The existing headshot sessions are designed to keep costs low and time efficient. Thus, most people come hair and makeup-ready. If you want to bring a HMUA with you to the session, please inform the studio ahead of time as there is a set time per session. To be fair about time used for the studio, there is a $50 fee per 30 minutes of added time for the studio use by a HMUA on-site. So, if you want to bring an HMUA and save any additional studio time fees, it's recommended you come hair and makeup-ready and then your HMUA can tend to minor adjustments during the shoot, keeping time spent to a minimum.
This is an approximate time - usually give or take 10 minutes - of how long you can expect for the headshot appointment to take, counting from the time your appointment is to start. It does not count the additional time spent for post-production work, where retouching and delivery of the photos is setup and conducted.
There are many options. Classic colors include black, white and various shades of gray. And, there are various colors: red, green, blue, etc. There are spotlight and gradient colors too: orange, yellow, green, blue, red, etc. There are also some lifestyle options, such as brick or wood.
If you're coming in for a one-look session, this means just the outfit you come in with. Otherwise, looks are basically a change of a shirt, outfit, etc. that essentially alters how you "look" in a photo. For example, actors commonly want multiple looks to capture the essence of how they might look in a commercial or comedy, then other outfits to help capture how they might appear in a theatrical or cinematic role. Corporate executives might want to try a different blouse or sports coat, tie, etc. So, a "look" is essentially any outfit change you can do in under five minutes. Please note that for lifestyle sessions, the ability to change outfits in a changing room-like area may be limited.
Depending on the session you choose, we will take a number of photos and from all the usable photos we take, you will select a certain number for retouches. Retouching allows several fixes to further make you look good. It's common to have some dark shadows under your eyes - retouching will minimize or remove this. Same thing for red eye, acne, some stray hair, heavy lint on a shirt, etc. What is usually not retouched are things that are your essence (unless requested), such as a mole, scar, etc. Retouching also includes cropping to standard 8x10 inch for headshots. These retouched photos are then provided as a PNG file (8x10 inch print-quality, 3,000 ppi in size - long edge) and JPEG file (small files optimized for online posting, approximately 1,600 ppi in size, long edge). So, the other photos not chosen for retouching are provided too but, they are not retouched. Some basic cropping or color correction might be applied, and they are also provided as online-optimized JPEG files.
These are the total photos taken during your session. We'll take many so you have options to select a certain number of favorites. Some photos may turn out to be not usable and may be deleted, at the photographer's discretion. Such photos may include if your eyes were accidentally closed, strobe lighting misfires, etc. So, we'll end up with a number of usable shots you can then select from for your retouch option and to also have without retouching.
It is common practice and expected that payment in full is due at the end of a headshot session. The rates listed are the cost to you for the headshot session you select. Accepted forms of payment include cash, Venmo, major credit cards (American Express, MasterCard, Visa), or PayPal. Sorry, no personal checks, or other forms of payment are accepted.
For downtown Glendale, we will likely meet at a pre-agreed to location on N. Brand Blvd.. We will then walk around and take shots wherever the setting seems appropriate for a headshot. 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.