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Who are you?
a photographer and a performer. I have a degree in Fine Arts,
majoring in photography, from Columbia College. I interned at
Playboy before graduation.I love to be on stage,
obsessed with long form improv. You can read more about me here.Since
I'm a performer, I know what it feels like to hand your headshot over
to that person with the blank expression, who staples
you to an empty seat, and asks you to wait as your tummy does
back flips. I've auditioned at least 20 times. I
do I need to know?
by asking the question: what do I want these photos for?
you trying to get commercials? Do you want photos for
dramatic theater? Are you a stand-up comic?
any photo that you take will cover all of those categories.
be realistic. What you are doing is marketing yourself.
basic rule of marketing is to know your customer and to know the
product that you are selling. The product, in this case, is
Your photos should
reflect what you want to do,
and who you are.
friend of mine used to audition for everything. Not only
that she wasn't right for, but things that she didn't want.
She would literally audition for parts that called for someone of a
After sitting down with
she realized that she should put that same energy into
auditioning less, but for the parts that were right for her.
not suggesting that actors shouldn't stretch their talents, or audition
for everything that they are right for.
I'm suggesting, strongly, to go with your strengths.
to market yourself correctly - before you meet with a photographer -
decide what you want to do. Talk to your directors, coaches,
instructors, and agents. What is your "type"?
I'm not saying that you must
go with what they say. I am asking you to recognize what you
want to do.
Its the first question
that any decent
photographer will ask you.
ask every client to find copies of headshots that they like, and
headshots that they don't like. I ask them to bring them when
meet, and tell me what they like. More importantly, I want to
know what you don't
When a client comes for
their photograph, I ask them for
adjectives describing the image that they want their photo to project.
Here are some examples:
intelligent, goofy, sexy, professional, intense, broad,
insane, funny, serious, confident, etc.
It helps me to
understand what you want directors and casting agencies to see in you.
makes you different from other headshot photographers?
don't give kickbacks to agencies for recommending me. (Yes,
happens.) I won't pressure a client to be
a style that I think is right for them, when they want something else.
I don't charge for reprints, I simply hand you the
CD of photos. I'm not interested in
"nickel and diming" you to death.I charge a flat fee, and
don't offer packages to try to get my clients to spend more
money.I will not sell your
image to someone without your
permission.I don't ask for my
payment until my
client is satisfied with my photos.I
realized early on the hardest part of taking
headshots: getting a performer to relax in front of a camera
they knew how much money they were spending for my time.Since
I'm not taking the money up front, the pressure is on me to perform.
Not you.This simple business
practice makes my
clients more relaxed, and gives me the photos that we both want.Because
of this, I require everyone that I photograph to meet with me ahead of
time. It gives me a chance to find your personality before
stand in front of my lights.There
are a lot of good
photographers out there. I believe that my best selling point
that once you get to know me, you'll trust me. -And once you
trust me? Taking your photo is a thousand times easier.
How much do
currently charge $250 for one basic session. That includes up
100 images before editing, which I burn to a CD or DVD upon payment.
I also offer a discount of $25 if you and a friend shoot on the same day. Call me for more details.If
you want to shoot a composite for modeling, I charge $500.
E-mail me for more
information.I am considered very
inexpensive for a
headshot photographer. Hire me while I'm accessible.I
highly recommend a stylist for makeup and hair, which is a separate
charge and independent from me. Payment is required for the
stylist up front and is paid directly to them. The cost depends on
which artist you use. You can e-mail or call me for quotes
stylists, but a typical cost would be $75 for makeup, and $150 for hair
and makeup. I currently work with Georgia Jacobs and Monique
Madrid, and Brie. They do not give kickbacks to me, but do a great job and make it
easy for me to do mine.I
don't charge for reprints. Once I've burned you a CD, its
to keep. I do retain the copyright, however. What
means is that you cannot use the photo I've taken for commercial
purposes. You can, of course, use it for anything that you'd
normally use a headshot for.I normally retouch one
photo for each client from the headshots we've taken. Any
additional retouching is $25 an image.
Where do you shoot?
shoot most of my headshots in a studio space in my apartment.
very casual. I live on the Northwest side of Chicago in an
known as "Old Irving", near Irving and Kedzie. When its nice
outdoors, I like to roam outside for photos in the nearby park.
If you have an idea for somewhere you want to shoot, and you have
permission from whoever ows the location, try me. I'm usually up
for the challenge.I have two wonderful
Lewis. I hide them before most shoots because they always
be in the photos. I use a HEPA
filter. But if you are heavily allergic to kitties, we should shoot
outdoors or on location.I love shooting on location, and I'll try to find a way under certain circumstances. For
you have an ideal location that you'd love to shoot at - or you've
lined up more then one person to shoot at a remote location - talk to
me. But make sure you have permission to shoot there, first.
What should I wear?
of this depends on what
your type is, but the basics are almost always the same.
outfit, one formal, and something that is 'you'. More outfits
are better, and give us both choices.
- Don't bring
clothes with patterns, logos, or words. They distract from
- Stay away from super bright colors unless they
really do bring out your eyes.
- Bright white should
- Think of the necklines that look best
on you. If we're shooting close up, consider that.
that outfit that someone said looks great on you? Please
- Don't be afraid to think unconventional.
Just bring conventional along, too.
shave for my headshots?
lot of men with beards ask me this, and its hard to give a simple yes
or no answer.
What is your type? Does your beard
change your look dramatically? Would it be going against your
type to shave?
In my opinion, it really varies from person to
person depending on their goals, their look, and who they're trying to impress.
It never hurts to ask them,
the person you are trying to impress, what they
think you should do. I can only give you an opinion on what
good on you. Quite often, that's different from what a
might see in you.
What else should I
that you like on a CD, or an ipod.
A hairbrush, comb, and
Make-up if you insist on
doing your own.
Bring more then one color of lipstick then one, please.
Black and White or
current trend is towards color.
Its a reflection on how
are hiring. Agencies are now responsible for an entire look,
unless they are doing a black and white campaign, they want to see
every detail of you in color.
Tips for great
sleep the night before. Don't stay out drinking.
Please. I am a great photographer, but I can't make
you being hung over.
- Treat your body well the week
before. Its just one week. You can go back to
abusing it after you take your headshot.
for guys; if you shave regularly, do it at least 3 hours
beforehand. Most men get bumps after shaving. Use a
blade, or it will be the day that you accidentally cut yourself.
during the hours that you feel at your "peak". Some of us are
better in the evening, while others reach their speed in the afternoon.
your photographer the day before to confirm: 773-319-6445. It makes us feel
loved and respected.
- Don't hire a photographer
because someone is pressuring you to use them.
- Hire me.