CASTING/PUBLICITY SHOTS INFORMATION
Daylight or Studio Light – Inside or Outside?
I don’t have a preference the object is to get the best shots possible for you. If you have a preference I will oblige. However, you can always depend on a lighting kit (be it LED, tungsten or flash), but not always on the weather. I’m happy to shoot in any way you prefer – The object is always to help and make you feel as relaxed as is possible.
Film or Digital?
These days I shoot digitally. If you want to do it on film you will find yourself with a higher price, a longer waiting time and few shots to play with. Whatever is said for or against digital or film is purely inconsequential when all you want is the best photograph you can get. If your pictures are shot or lit badly on film or digital the result is exactly the same. I changed from film to digital many years ago, because of improved technology and the economics of shooting. The upshot being that I can take more pictures and my client can see the results instantaneously. But, if actor’s headshots came out best when shot with a carrot, I’d be the first to use carrots!
What’s the cost and how long will it take?
The cost of a normal session is 400 € and includes shooting 4 different set ups, so the equivalent of 100 € per look. If you are short of funds and wish to do less looks then please feel free to contact me and discuss your requirement. If it seems expensive or you don’t have enough money, all I can really say is; ‘It’s your career’. I’m neither the most expensive nor the cheapest. You have to speak to a photographer and find out what they are about and whether you feel you will be comfortable with them. I guarantee my work and if you paid pro-rata to a Volkswagen mechanic it would cost a whole lot more!
Included in my package is 8 retouched images. If you want more it is 50€ per shot/image.
Do you give student discounts?
Yes, if you’re a full-time student, or two or more people come to the session I give a 25% discount euros.
N.B. Should you wish to meet for a chat over coffee to discuss what you want, what you’ve had done before and what your agent my require, I have no problem doing this.
On the day
We shoot for as long as is necessary – (If you want a make-up artiste this can be done by arrangement but costs extra).
At the end of the session we will have between 200 – 300 shots. We will then go through your shots and delete ones’ that you don’t like and want to reduce them down to the top 75 – 125. From there your day is done, I will check through make any necessary extra crops, before outputting them to colour and Black and white files, plus contact sheets should you want them. Once this is completed I will send all of the pictures (zipped) to you via wetransfer or mybigfile.
How should I prepare for the shoot?
Don’t get drunk the night before and have a good night’s sleep. Don’t cut your hair the day before – do it a week or two in advance to allow your hair to settle. Unless of course you’re bald, which simplifies the matter somewhat.
Bring a selection of tops; medium to dark those have texture but not extreme patterns. Simplicity is the key and a V line is always effective, fussy fluffy collars are not. Don’t forget to bring a selection of trousers or skirts if you want medium to three-quarter shots, but all in all if you are unsure, bring it.
‘Can you make me look like Claudia Schiffer/Jake Gyllenhaal?’
Believe it or not, the shot has to look like you. I can do wonders in Photoshop and of course I can get rid of non-permanent blemish. But if you have a serious scar for example – If I remove it, ‘it’ will still be there at your next casting or audition. The main thing is to get the best representation of you and the character inside and this I will do with the minimum amount of pressure.
If you have any questions at any time please feel free to ask, I want you to be happy that is the main object of the exercise. If you are happy your shots will be good.
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