Los Angeles Headshots | Winter Rates from $100
Each Below Rate / Session Includes the Following:
- Sessions priced by a number of retouches desired
- Online gallery provided for selecting photo(s) for retouching
- Retouched photo(s) provided as a print-quality and web-optimized digital file
- Remaining usable photos provided as web-optimized digital files (no retouching)
Natural Light / Outdoor Session Rates (Around the Arts District)
Natural Light / Outdoor Session Rates (Garden Setting)
Your Questions Answered (FAQ)
I believe 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. For headshot sessions, they are setup to keep costs low and time efficient for you. Thus, most people come hair and makeup-ready. If you want to bring a HMUA with you to the session, please inform me 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 after you leave, where retouch work 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.
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, Bitcoin, etc.
For the arts district, we will meet at the studio and then walk north up Mateo Street, to around 4th street and circle back to the studio. Along the way, there are plenty of backdrops to stop and shoot at - various tones of brick walls, seating areas, and more. For a garden setting, we will meet at a garden that has plenty of different nature looks - flowers, trees, etc. of various types.