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Actor Headshots Los Angeles
SESSIONS BELOW INCLUDE:
- 40-60 photos created per look, estimated
- Gallery emailed in 1-2 business days
- Download all usable session photos
- Photos size around 2,500 DPI (long edge)
- Select a set number for retouching
- Retouching, 1-2 business days after selects
Scroll down, select BOOK NOW, to schedule your session. Deposit required.
1 Look (No Outfit Changes)
Up to a 30 Minute Session
1 Retouch Included
2 Looks (1 Outfit Change)
Up to a 45 Minute Session
2 Retouches Included
3 Looks (2 Outfit Changes)
Up to a 1 Hour Session
3 Retouches Included
4 Looks (3 Outfit Changes)
Up to a 1.5 Hour Session
4 Retouches Included
What to Expect When Booking with The Light Committee
In the following sections, you can learn about how the whole process works – from the options to book your session, to what happens during your session, and how you eventually get the photos. In addition, you can refer to the FAQ page for additional answers.
How to Book and the Location
You can book a session with the BOOKING PAGE button at the top of this page. On the booking page you can see rates, a schedule of availability, and complete details on what is included in a session. If you have questions first, email, message, or call anytime.
A deposit is required to hold a spot and can be refunded if within the cancellation policy. You will be emailed confirmations of your appointment and receipt.
The studio is in Montrose. Haven’t heard of Montrose? Most people have not but Hollywood has. Many movie studios have filmed famous movies and TV shows on the charming and picturesque street where The Light Committee is located. Montrose is in the Glendale area. It is roughly 12 miles East of the San Fernando Valley, or North Hollywood, and around 12 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.
There are sessions that suit almost all needs You can contact the studio for custom sessions. Add-ons includes a hair and makeup artist on-site and a high-quality slate video production, with studio lighting and studio audio. Otherwise, the sessions are straightforward for acting headshots, each one offering different numbers of looks and retouches.
Deciding which session is best for you might depend on where you are in your career. If you are just getting started and will be looking for agent representation, perhaps just a couple of looks is good enough. Then, after getting representation you can discuss your headshot options with your agent. Sometimes, agents will send an actor back for more headshots, for example to cover specific looks, like character headshots. Agents are likely to have input on what types of looks and how many they want from you. So, if you already have an agent, it is recommended you get specific input from them before scheduling.
If you already have headshots for your current looks and are just looking for more options, then which session is best depends on how many new looks you want to add. There are many cases where you will want to have more than just a couple of headshots and looks. For example, your agent likely needs many new options, or specific options, to submit to castings for you. Or perhaps you do not have a current portfolio yet or need an all-new one because your look has changed, and so on. In such cases, more than two looks are probably the way to go.
In general, having more is better than having too few.
What Looks Should I Go For?
In most cases, those looking to get the best actor headshots in Los Angeles will want to cover at least one commercial look and one theatrical look. If you are just getting started and are not familiar with these looks, there are links at the bottom of this page to go over it.
How many of each depends on factors like how many headshots you already have that you can use, what your agent or manager needs, personal preference for how many options you want, and so on. Some actors opt just for commercial or just theatrical looks. It is important to know your goals ahead of time or discuss your goals with your agent or manager to ensure you get the headshots for the roles you want to target or that are ideal for you.
What Should I Wear for Acting Headshots?
There is a link below to a blog post to go over things in more detail. But briefly here, typically solid vibrant colors are best. There is nothing wrong with a plain black or white t-shirt but consider it is commonly used by other actors – and you want to use strategies to stand out as much as possible. For theatrical looks, think in layers, like a leather jacket over a shirt. Avoid busy patterns or jewelry, and large logos. Basically, minimize anything in your clothing that would distract attention away from your face, as the goal of your headshot is to focus casting directors there. Bring plenty of options with you. The goal of your clothes should be to complement the look you are trying to create while not being essential to that look. For character headshots it can be the opposite. A specific outfit and accessories help ensure the look is clear, like a lab coat and stethoscope for a doctor look.
Are Studio or Natural Light Shots Better for Actor Headshots?
This is personal opinion or preference and varies by person. The Light Committee recommends studio headshots primarily. But outdoors should also be strongly considered. The primary reason for preferring studio is because a photographer that knows what they are doing has full control of light output. Outdoors, you are at the mercy of the sun and wind – is it too bright, too late in the day and too dark, is it cloudy, is it windy, and so on.
Excellent quality studio light stands out against lesser quality lighting equipment too. But again, natural light also has its own look that some people really like. Natural light can look as good or better than high-quality studio lights when it can be properly controlled. But this is more difficult to do than with studio lighting and when good equipment is available.
A good approach is – get your main actor headshots in a studio and extra support shots outdoors to round out your portfolio. In most cases, it is advised to have 5-7 strong actor headshots in your portfolio, not much fewer and too many more creates confusion. If you have 5-7, then it is probably good that at least 2-3 of these are with natural light.
In Los Angeles, there are many places to do headshots outdoors. At The Light Committee studio, located in Montrose (Glendale area), there is a very picturesque street right in front of the studio. There are also plenty of great parks nearby for greenery.
During Your Headshot Session
First, there is free 3-hour parking in a lot behind and above the studio – south and north of Honolulu Ave. For shorter sessions, there is also metered parking – quarters only – on Honolulu Ave. and some side street. You will be provided a map of parking when you get your email confirmation for booking a session. The studio entrance is on Honolulu Ave.
In the studio, there is plenty of seating for comfort and a place to hang any outfits you bring. Free Wi-Fi and bottled water is available too. When you arrive, we will start with a quick consult about what you are after and begin planning the shoot. For example, we can discuss outfit and background options and whether you want your shoot in-studio, outdoors, or both.
Once we get started shooting, and along the way, we will review the photos as we go to ensure success each step of the way in getting the looks you are after. If you are getting multiple looks, you will eventually want to change. There is a restroom for this. There is also a hair and makeup room if needed.
At the end of your session, you pay any balance due. Venmo, Zelle, Apple Wallet pay, or cash are preferred. Major credit cards are also accepted, as are tap payments like Apple Pay or Google Pay.
Getting Your Actor Headshots Afterward
Once your session is done, you will get an online proof gallery. From there you can download all the photos. They are provided with basic corrections if needed, like color, brightness, and so on. They are uncropped JPEG files sized at around 2,500 DPI along the long edge. In this same gallery you can select the retouches you want and can opt to purchase extra retouches. It typically takes a couple of business days to receive the gallery and then another couple of business days after you make your retouch selections to receive those photos too.
Retouched shots are typically provided as a print quality 8×10″ JPEG file. For the shots that are not retouched, they are still very high quality so you can put these extra shots to use too, like on social media, etc.
The Light Committee has amongst the most 5-star reviews for headshots in Los Angeles – nearly 250 – and you can read them here.
Amongst the Highest Rated Actor Headshot Photographer in Los Angeles on Google!
I literally didn’t want to post this because it would sound fake. Easy scheduling, price was right. He even helped me select pictures. As an actor with 0 experience and not even a full profile I got over 10 auditions the first week (all decent paid) and made the first one I applied to. As of now the single headshot on my profile is generating anywhere from 8-15 auditions per week. Had a theme and he adjusted the colors to match. Can’t be better.
I am an actress and have taken headshots with Rafael twice… The first time I took headshots with him I was able to use them to find an agent to represent me, and two months later they got me a McDonald’s audition WITH THE SAME HEADSHOT. I even booked the role!
Really easy shoot, great service, great photos, great price!! I would 100% recommend for actors who need affordable headshots that will really help them stand out.
This place is wonderful! I got my acting headshots taken here and I absolutely love them. I got so many beautiful pictures in such little time. Rafael, the photographer, helped me feel so comfortable even though it was my first time taking headshots. He made me feel like a pro! I highly recommend this place for any of your photography needs!
I had a great experience with Rafael! He knows his stuff and helped the session flow smoothly. I’ve received excellent and TIMELY results that my career and I are thankful for.
Rafael was so attentive, professional and friendly. He made sure I felt comfortable and confident throughout the entire photo shoot. I will sure be going back to him and recommending him to all my actor friends 😊
Rafael is always so nice and makes the entire photo shoot feel so comfortable! He always gives me great results and I definitely will be continuing to work with him.
- Actors – many pictured on this page – that have had headshots made by The Light Committee have submitted them to talent agents and secured their representation.
- Actors – many pictured on this page – have used these headshots as part of submitting to be considered for auditions and then successfully got cast on productions by A&E, BET, HBO, Lifetime, Netflix, etc.
- Actors – again, many pictured here – have used their headshots as part of submitting for auditions and then successfully got cast for commercial roles with major brands.
- Some talent agents and some managers have recommended that the actors they work with get their headshots updated only with The Light Committee.
Actor Headshots Printing Services
Printing for limited-run 8×10″ headshots are offered for $30 for the first print, plus $3 for each additional print. Samples are available on-site. High quality premium luster paper is used. Mailing can be done for an additional fee or prints can be made available for pick up at the studio when they are ready. *NOTE: printing services are ONLY offered to customers that had their photos made / shot by The Light Committee.
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*NOTE: The Light Committee makes no warranties or guarantees about the results headshots will offer, whether expressed or implied. Getting a good headshot like seen here is but one important component to succeeding at getting an agent, getting cast as an actor, or achieving other successes. Individual results vary. The results mentioned here were verified by The Light Committee via individual actor profiles available online or by being informed by the actor of their achievements.