Where are you based?
My studio is in Enfield, north London, about 20 minutes from central London.
How long will the session last?
Usually around 2 - 3 hours. Every session starts with a chat over a cup of tea so I can get to know you, find out a bit about your career, what kind of actor you are and what you're looking for before we kick off.
Is there parking at your studio?
There is. It's free all day, every day.
What should I bring?
Bring lots of tops. Lots of different tops. This is important - it's much better to have loads with you that we can pick the best ones from than to not have enough for the session. Also bring any hair products, shaving gear etc that you might need. Don't worry about this too much for now though, once you're booked in I'll send you a confirmation email that goes in to much more detail about all of this.
Can I bring a friend or relative with me?
Of course. But when we start shooting they'll need to nip off for a coffee as we'll be working alone so we can focus and avoid distractions.
What should I do to prepare?
Have a look at my Headshot Tips page here.
Outdoors or indoors?
I shoot both. I own a private daylight studio so I work outdoors and indoors using natural light, indoors with a combination of natural and studio or just studio. Everyone's different and needs to be lit differently. My studio gives us the options to do whatever is needed, but the name of the game is range so most sessions tend to consist of a mix.
Can I shave or change my hair during the session?
Of course, just bring whatever you need with you.
What happens after the session?
A few days after the shoot I'll email you a password which you can use to log in to your own private gallery on my website where you can view your proofs - usually between 200-250 in total and these are for viewing only. I can CC your agent in to the email too if you'd like. I always say to people it can take up a week to get the password but in reality it's never usually this long. If you're working to a deadline I can make sure I fit in with it to get you the images on time, but you'll need to let me know about the deadline at the point of booking in.
How many retouched images will I get?
There are 3 retouched images included in the rate. Extras are £20 each. I keep your photos on file for a 2-3 years so they're available for a good while afterwards. All retouched photos are supplied to you high res and in 4 different versions: colour, colour with a 10x8 crop, black & white and black & white with a 10x8 crop. These can take up to a week to get to you.
I only left drama school a few weeks ago - can I still pay the student rate?
I'm afraid not. I know it's almost impossible to hold down a job whilst at drama school which is why I offer a discount to students. However there has to be a cut off point, so as soon as you finish studying and are able to work you are no longer eligible for a discount. I consider my rates very carefully and always try to keep them as competitive as I can.
How long have you been a photographer?
I graduated from drama school in 2000 and took up photography as a hobby in the same year. I made the switch to become a full time professional photographer in 2007.
I see you’re ‘APHP Approved’. What’s this?
In 2016 a collection of the UK’s leading headshot photographers formed the Association of Professional Headshot Photographers, a non-profit organisation committed to promoting and upholding the highest quality in headshot photography. Strict criteria need to be met to become approved by the APHP and I’m proud to be a founder member of the association. See www.theaphp.co.uk
Do you work weekends?
I do. Well, Saturdays. I know it's hard if you're studying, rehearsing or working during the week to get time off so I shoot on Saturdays at no extra charge, although they often get very busy so please give me as much notice as possible. Sundays are my day off.
How often should I get my headshots done?
The common thought is around every 2 years, but that's far from being a written rule. The most important thing to remember is that as soon as your headshots are out of date and no longer honestly represent you, your work hit rate will go down. You may still be getting auditions but the further the gap between you and your headshot becomes, the more likely it is you'll be going up for the wrong jobs. However, if your current headshot is still a true image of you then unless you want add something different to your portfolio you probably don't need new ones.
Any other tips?
Yep, have a look at my page of Headshot Tips here.