How long have you been a photographer?
About 6 years.
Do you use natural light or studio lighting?
I use natural light for the most part. Sometimes I will use studio lights as rim lights, but the light illuminating your face will always be natural light.
Can I do an afternoon or evening shoot?
Unfortunately no. Right now all of my shoots start at 9:30AM for best lighting, and usually wrap up around noon. In years past I have tried to do shoots later in the day to accommodate people's schedules, but it always results in overly harsh or shadowy light, so now I stick to shooting at a time of day when I KNOW we will get good shots with beautiful, flattering lighting. No exceptions.
Do you shoot indoors or outdoors?
We can do both. My shoots usually consist of a combination of indoor "studio" shots in my apartment or garage, and outdoors shots grabbed guerrilla style at locations around Burbank. It's my goal to get you as much variation as possible.
How far in advance should I contact you about a shoot?
You should try to contact me at least a week before you want to shoot. Sometimes I book up several weeks in advance, but usually if you give me a week’s notice, I’ll be able to fit you in.
Where are you located?
All photo sessions are done in Burbank. I will send you the exact address once we have settled on a shoot date and the deposit has been paid.
What should I wear during my headshot session?
I will send you a detailed wardrobe guide prior to our shoot. It is one of the first things I send you after you've booked your session. The guide includes sample photos, wardrobe packing tips and color recommendations. I always recommend that you put together specific "looks" (i.e. girl next door, young dad, lawyer/business executive, nerd, etc.) so you should also be watching TV and commercials and paying attention to how these different character types are dressed, then use that as inspiration for your own wardrobe during our headshot session.
Should I have my makeup done professionally?
This is completely up to you. I never pressure anyone to hire a makeup artist, and if you're on a very tight budget or are already skilled at doing your own hair and makeup, then you can certainly forego the pro. That said, there are benefits to hiring an MUA. They have access to high-end makeups that are designed for photography, they work quickly and efficiently, and their application is sleek and precise (so we won't have to Photoshop any uneven eyeliner or bleeding lipstick.) They are also great at pointing out and correcting flyaways and clothing wrinkles that you and I might not notice once we’re in the swing of shooting. And for guys, I do recommend some kind of makeup. Whether you do it yourself or hire an MUA, just having a nice base of foundation makes a big difference. Your skin will reflect light better and you’ll be able to go easy on the touch ups in post. Nobody has perfect skin, and strategically applied makeup always looks better than Photoshop.
Anything else I should know?
As I mentioned above, I am a natural light headshot photographer. This means if it is cloudy or raining, we will have to postpone the shoot. This happens more often than you would think in LA, especially during the winter. I will always keep an eye on the forecast and give you as much heads up as possible (usually a few days) if it looks like we’ll need to postpone due to weather.