Headshots: Summary Steps for Working Together
Following is a quick summary of the process for getting headshots done.
Figuring Out Rates
First, inquire about rates for the headshots you need: is it for acting (for example theatrical and/or commercial looks to submit for castings), or for business (for LinkedIn or the company website), or for modeling (multiple looks to submit to agencies or enhance your portfolio). Then, figure out how many finished photos you need or contact The Light Committee if you need help deciding upon how many you need.
As always, there is required paperwork. For any headshot session, this includes a standard release from liability and permission for photography. Other permissions and releases may be needed for shoots at other locations.
Planning & Shooting
If your headshot session is straightforward, not much planning is needed. You might be provided guidance on what to wear, etc. but otherwise, just show up for your session time. Other shoots, such as for actors and models, may require additional planning. This might include a mood board to pre-identify shots we’ll want to go after.
After the Shoot
When the shoot is done, you will be provided a link to review thumbnail versions of the photos from the shoot (low-resolution watermarked images). Based on the agreed-upon number of finished photos to provide, this is when you make your selections. I will then do touch-ups on the selected photos, though extensive editing requiring more than 10-15 minutes per photo is additional.
The Light Committee offers a same-day headshot session where you get a finished headshot while you wait. In this case, a link may be emailed to you same day to download the headshot or, for an additional $5 fee, you may be provided the finished headshot on a USB memory thumb stick.
Receiving the Photos
You’ll be notified when the photos are ready and provided a link where you can download them. Finished photos are provided as two file types. One file type is to save as the original high resolution file. A second file will be a web-ready version that is a much smaller file size suitable for posting online, such as to casting websites, modeling agency websites, social media profiles, etc. RAW (original source files) files are not provided unless a per-image copyright buyout is accomplished as a separate and additional agreement.
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