I am a French photographer, based in Los Angeles, working both in the US and in Europe. As an award winning actor and based on my experience as a director I can direct you knowingly and efficiently on a set, which is a crucial skill to have as a photographer. Not only does it make me stand out in the business, but it allows me to get the best out of you and capture it instantly.
Here is my check list prior to the shoot:
- Check with your agent what characters you need to portray in order to be sent out on auditions.
- The shoot takes place in the street. Please note that you'll change in my SUV with dark tinted windows. Don't bring your entire wardrobe, but do bring options for each look to make sure we don’t end up stuck with the wrong shirt.
- Make sure your clothes are clean & ironed.
Avoid colors that wash you out, we want to bring the very best out of you!
- Avoid white, unless it's under a jacket or a shirt etc.
- Food for thought: a lawyer would wear a different necklace than a school teacher. What would an inmate wear? A bandana? If you don't have any of these accessories you can check GOODWILL's jewelry section, which has amazing discounted second hand items. If you are not sure about accessories and your agent wants a lawyer’s look watch a legal tv show and study their appearance, so you can replicate the look. A casting director is extremely busy and gets up to 5000 submissions for one TV part. What are your chances to be called in for an audition if you don't have the look he/she is looking for? It all starts at the photo shoot! If you come up with the exact look (clothes, accessories, etc.) your agent needs, you are putting all the odds on your side! Should you not have time to gather all these accessories I understand and we will try to make it work nonetheless.
- Have all outfits/accessories organized by characters, e.g. the private investigator, the girl/boy next door, the business woman/man, etc. Again, don’t bring your entire wardrobe, but don’t hesitate to bring several outfits per character.
- Bring comfortable shoes and regular shoes that match your outfit, if full body shots are requested. For headshots shoes are inconsequential.
- Retouches are minor retouches, which doesn’t include hair color or shirt color modifications. You will receive the 3 retouched images you have chosen but not the raw images (some exceptions can be made for an additional $150 for all photos). It is usually suggested to choose one image per look.
- You can expect a minimum of 150 pictures to choose from - per look. You will get them watermarked via Flicker.
- You have the possibility to add a hoody or a jacket once over a shirt and it's not considered an extra look, it’s still one look. If we do it again after that, then it becomes an extra look ($40 per additional look). I can clarify this on the shoot if not understood.
- Any additional look will be charged an extra $40 per look.
- Payment is CASH only! Venmo or PayPal is fine for extra retouches.
- You will get the pictures via FLICKER within 24hrs after the shoot.
* $250 for 3 looks, roughly 600 images taken
* Delivered to you low res via Flickr within 24hrs or the next day
* 1 retouched image per look is on me, afterwards it’s $12 per image
* $40 per additional look
LIFE STYLE / FASHION pictures:
Chances are you contacted me because you need edgy actors/actresses headshots in characters. However, I do life style/fashion shoots as well. It’s a total different ball game though, it’s more sophisticated and more time consuming, therefore we will be spending more time on clothes, poses and locations.
A 2 hour shoot will be required and the fee is $350. $20 per picture will be added for an editorial look-professional retouch. Please note that $12 is the rate for a regular retouch.
A professional make up artist is available for $100, or you have the option to do it yourself or you can take advantage of the services at Sephora.
If a vintage car is needed, the fee is an additional $100 for a black 1968 Buick convertible skylark. (If your sister is a MUA and she happens to drive a vintage car … yay, you'll have saved $200!)
- Get some sleep the night before! Also 3 days prior to the shoot, if possible, don’t eat chocolate, junk food and don’t drink alcohol or sodas. It is highly recommended to eat salmon instead for 3 days and no intake of water at all, or a minimum amount, the day prior to the shoot.
- Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.