What constitutes a look?
A look is a change of a combination of clothing, lighting, make-up, and hair. Variations of a change of clothing are still considered the same look. For example, if your look involves wearing a shirt and tie, you can loosen the tie and throw on some glasses between shots and those would still be considered the same look. You are encouraged to do this in order to get the most out of your shoot.
How would you describe what you do? What is your Market?
This is boutique-style, small production, high-quality, tailor-made actor headshot photography that deals with both the art and the science behind opening doors for actors. You will be guided, considered, and taken care of every step of the way. I generally work with serious actors who want to market themselves comprehensively and without cutting corners, but who also love to have fun.
Your headshots look like you travel to different locations…is this the case? Or is it all in one studio?
For your comfort, I shoot everything in my downtown LA studio. I create the location, look, and feel that will help you communicate to the right casting directors. Being in one place makes your shoot more comfortable and open; it’s going to be just you, the make-up artist, and myself in the air-conditioned space, with water and snacks within reach, and without passerby awkwardly peeping your session.
How long does a headshot session take?
Roughly 1 hour for the first look (make-up/wardrobe selections take time) and 30 minutes for every subsequent look. However, there is no way to say definitively because every actor is different and my sessions are by definition a tailor-made experience. If you need longer in order to achieve your goals, you will get it, no questions asked. This does not mean you’re a “difficult” client; there is no such thing. You are you and it’s my job to fulfill your needs. This is the beauty of working with a photographer who doesn’t run a headshot factory. Your headshots are your business’ marketing, they are a huge part of your livelihood and I approach my craft and business with that in mind.
Do you shoot with natural or studio lighting?
I generally shoot with a mix, but I prefer to manipulate studio lighting to look like natural light. That’s what gives my headshots that extra punch, but it also helps clients feel more at ease and prevents squinting. Both of these things translate to better expressions.
Should I show up early for make-up?
I encourage that. 15 minutes early is okay.
Does make-up also take care of hair?
Make-up is $135 for women, and $85 for men. Hair services are $40 extra. If you want hair services, I recommend bringing your own products but we will have straighteners, blow-driers, and curling irons here. Blow-outs should be done before arriving to the studio.
What should I bring to my headshot session?
I deal in tailor-made headshots, so I don’t believe in a single general answer for this. Once you book, you’ll receive an introductory e-mail that will fully consult you based on your features and goals. You’ll know exactly what styles and colors will reward your headshots. That said, roughly 4 clothing options per look is great, but feel free to bring more based on your consultation e-mail. You should also bring any specific hair product you foresee needing. Lastly, bring energy!
Will you help me pick what I wear from the wardrobe selection I bring?
Yes. As a headshot photographer it’s my job to advise the actor regarding any elements that will end up in the frame. I commit to consulting my clients as well as explaining my suggestions. As I said above, you will get a comprehensive introduction e-mail, but I will also consult on site once we see your entire wardrobe.
If I’m not satisfied, do you offer re-shoots?
Absolutely, but this does not happen. It’s literally impossible for clients to not be satisfied because I let all my clients view their images from each look on a computer monitor before moving on to the next look. My clients decide when we move on, not me.
Is my deposit refundable?
Yes, if you give me at least a 48-hour notice.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash and credit. Those eligible for the rep package can also pay by check, but there is a $35 charge for checks that bounce.
How does the payment plan work?
For those interested in setting up a payment plan, you will need a government issued ID, and a credit or debit card. The ID will be photocopied and you’ll sign a form authorizing the periodic payments for a predetermined number of months. The maximum number of payments is 3 (unless you purchase a rep package in which case the maximum number of payments is 4). Once your balance is paid the payments will stop automatically. You will not have to wait until the balance is paid to get your images. There is no way to cheat this system without overwhelming consequences, so there’s no need for me to hold your images hostage.
How does the ‘Rep’ package work?
Any agent or manager can have a profile with Nogen Beck Photography that communicates their headshot preferences. Once they fill out a brief questionnaire available upon request, they officially have a profile. A representative with a profile can be sure that every shoot involving any of their clients will adhere to their preferences unless otherwise specified by the client. Actors whose representation has a profile with Nogen Beck Photography get an extra retouch included in their package as well as $25 off for a total of up to $110 in savings. These actors may also pay by checks and are eligible for 4-month payment plans rather than a 2-3 month limit. Ready to get started? Click here to fill out the Rep Questionnaire.
Does it matter to you where I print my headshots?
After we shoot, that same night you’ll get your images via dropbox and you’ll also get a “What now” e-mail from me. This e-mail is filled with details, and there’s a whole section dedicated to the differences between each print shop. Just because we’re done shooting doesn’t mean I leave you in the dark!
Where do you suggest I print my headshots?
I like both Argentum and A&I/ISGO. Why? Because Argentum prints in RGB color space (rather than sRGB like almost everyone else) which means better, truer colors, and more varying tones. That said, Argentum is a little pricier. A&I is the leader in fine art prints. Fine art photographers are the most particular clients out there, so since A&I captured that market you can be sure they cut no corners and spare no details. Their prices are also extremely competitive.
How important are retouches?
There’s a difference between retouching and processing. I don’t usually recommend retouching unless there’s a distracting skin/hair/wardrobe issue. However, processing is beneficial to 100% of images as it deals with optimized brightness, black levels, midtones, contrast, and other image enhancements that help the actor communicate and get noticed.
How do I get my files?
After the shoot you will be invited to a dropbox folder with all of your images. Dropbox is free and secure and offers you the option to invite other people to your shared folder. If you would like RAW images, bring a hard-drive. DVDs are sooo 2001. Final images will be delivered via dropbox as well.