Q: Do you shoot with studio lighting or natural lighting?
A: I use both so it’s up to you to decide which type of lighting you prefer. My studio is equipped with soft, professional lights that will make you look spectacular.
Q: What should I wear for my headshot session?
A: Avoid wearing patterns and logos because they will distract from you. Opt for solid colors instead. The best wardrobe for your shoot will depend on what kind of headshots you need. Bright colors work well for commercial headshots while subdued colors are appropriate for theatrical headshots. I have found that in most cases a person’s favorite color suits them well. After all, it’s your favorite color for a reason!
Bring at least two extra changes of clothing in case. Keep in mind that it’s always better to have too much clothing than too little. Make sure your clothing is clean and wrinkle-free because every little wrinkle can and will get picked up by the camera.
Q: Can you mach the background?
A: Yes we can recreate any background. Many corporations and offices have already headshots of their employees, you want to keep the consistency of your headshot look, but if the photographer who took previous pictures is no longer available then you have a challenge, it can be hard to find the same background. Either you have to reshoot the whole staff again or you can call Greenville HeadShots. At Greenville HeadShots we can match your existing background with your new pictures close to 99%- 100%
Q: How should I wear my hair?
A: Hair is usually not an issue for guys but it can be a dilemma for women. The rule of thumb is to wear your hair as you would to an audition. Ladies who wear their hair straight or curly depending on the occasion can experiment with both looks at the shoot. Casting directors want to know what your hair looks like so avoid hats, pony tails, pig tails, and buns. If necessary, we can use those hair styles for your character shots.
Q: What is the difference between a commercial headshot and a theatrical headshot?
A: A commercial headshot is designed to help you land auditions for commercials, whether local or national. In a commercial headshot, you must look friendly, approachable, and trustworthy. Smiling for commercial headshots is a must.
A theatrical headshot is used to help you get auditions for TV, theatre, and film work. In a theatrical headshot, you must look professional, confident, and responsible enough to take on a serious role.
Q: What is a character headshot?
A: If you are going for a character role such as that of the bad guy, nerd, or cowboy, you need character headshots. Character headshots communicate your ability to play these specific roles. You shouldn’t wear a costume for a character headshot but you may want to do your hair slightly differently or wear clothing that is suitable for the role. For example, use a checkered shirt for a cowboy headshot, wear glasses for a nerd headshot, or do whatever else it takes for you to subtly represent the character. I will choose the angles, backgrounds, and locations most appropriate to achieve the guise you’re going for.
Q: What is a “look”?
A: A look is a change of clothing and/or hairstyle. For each look, we’ll photograph a commercial headshot and a theatrical headshot. If you are being represented by an agency and they have particular preferences, we’ll follow their specific recommendations of course.
Q: How many looks do I need?
A: You should have at the very least a theatrical headshot and a commercial headshot. On casting websites you can upload photos with as many looks as you’d like but it’s important to keep in mind that less is more when it comes to headshots. It’s far more beneficial to have a few very powerful headshots on your website rather than a large number of mediocre ones. And don’t make the mistake of using amateur photos. This is your career so take it seriously from the beginning. Be professional and hire a professional photographer!
Q: How should I wear my make-up? Should I hire a make-up artist?
A: Your make-up should enhance your natural beauty rather than distract from it. If you can afford to hire a make-up artist, go for it. Cameras can pick up blemishes and areas of discoloration. A make-up artist will ensure that you look picture perfect.
Q: I’m a guy. Do I need make-up?
A: While you should avoid appearing as if you are wearing make-up, it’s a good idea to make sure that your skin doesn’t look shiny, that any blemishes you have are concealed, and that your facial hair is well-groomed or shaved. Apply chapstick before your shoot so your lips don’t get dry. Hire a make-up artist if you can afford it but if not, just make an effort to look the best you possibly can.
Q: Can you recommend a make-up artist?
A: Yes, we work with good local make-up artists and hair stylists, ask us about availability.
Q: When do I need a new headshot?
A: Have you changed your hair recently? Have you lost or gained weight since your last headshot? Did the headshot your friend took with his cool digital camera fail to get you a single audition or even an agent? Did you once get a lot of work from your headshots but have the calls stopped? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need a new headshot!! Children on the other hand need a new headshot every 6 months because their appearance changes quickly.
Q: Will you help me with my poses and expressions?
A: Yes, I will guide you from beginning to end but it would be beneficial for you to spend a few minutes in front a mirror before the shoot so you can practice making different expressions and find the best angles.
Q: How long will the shoot take?
The length of the shoot will vary depending on how many looks you need. We will discuss the details during your phone consultation.
Q: Should I arrive to the studio early?
A: Please arrive to the studio right on time. Remember that other people will have shoots scheduled before and after you so don’t come too early and certainly don’t come too late! Arrive to the studio ready to go with your hair and make-up done and your wardrobe prepared. If you’re hiring a make-up artist to do your make-up, come to the studio with your hair done and your face without make-up. Your appointment will be scheduled so there is enough time for you to have your make-up done prior to the shoot.
Q: When are you available to shoot?
A: For your convenience, weekend appointments are available upon request in addition to weekday appointments. Please contact me for more information.