Having been on both sides of the camera, I know how awkward it can be to have your picture taken and so we do all we can to make you comfortable and direct you. The session is kept light, fun, and relaxed (Many of these smiles are real!). We want the person in the headshot to represent the actor going into the room on their best day.
To get different aspects of your personality to shine through we match the background, wardrobe, makeup, light, and composition to your look. Most importantly: We direct you and help you bring out your personality.
Demo Reels are an increasingly popular way with which to market yourself. You can host your reels on Casting Workbook, other industry websites, or on your own page. I work as a filmmaker, and can cut your footage into an exciting reel. If you don’t have footage we can shoot self tape style video for you and edit that
They want to see you on tape? We can help!
We can shoot your audition at our Toronto self tape studio (Queen West) or we can bring our studio to you. Our self tape facility features seamless backdrops, camera, studio lights or natural light options, LAV and directional mics, and an experienced actor working as your reader and/or coach. You can book either half or full hour slots and choose whether you would like us to edit and export your audition.
Our acting coach can be booked for half hour, one hour, or even a half day. We can book you into our studio or meet you at a location convenient to you. Yes, you can book coaching separately from a self tape.
Our MUAs are experienced, friendly, and available to stay with us for the duration of the shoot. Optional.
Not a problem. If you are looking for great corporate portraits, family photos, event/wedding photography, boudoir, fitness photos, video, or anything else, visit our sister site Dan Abramovici Photography for our other photography services and our video production work.
We don’t have a set number of exposures we take in a session… We shoot as many as are needed to get you a variety of great looks. An average session has anywhere from 150 to 250 shots taken.
We work with you until both you and the photographer are 100% sure you have all the looks you need. On average our actor headshot session is an hour and a half. Expect to add a half hour to that if booking hair/makeup.
Our Toronto studio is located at Queen West. We love natural light and do a combination of studio shooting as well as natural light outdoor. That said, if you prefer to do everything in studio or everything outside we can certainly tailor the session to your taste.
Yep. Full list of our discounts are available on our discounts page. If you were referred by someone you get a free touched up shot or 10% off your session. Same offer goes to the person who referred you.
Absolutely. We are always happy to speak with your rep to make sure we deliver a product everyone on your team is happy with.
You are more than welcome to send us looks you like but that is absolutely not necessary. Your photographer will spend time at the start of the session to find and discuss your different looks and we will cover a huge range of of them throughout the session. Your photographer is trained in finding poses and angles that work and will guide you through that process.
If we’re able to let you in early we absolutely will do that. If we’re in a session or not yet at the studio there are plenty of nearby cafes to hang out at. If you are late we will do everything we can to accommodate you but you may be cutting your session short if we have someone after you. We ask that you please call your photographer as soon as you think you may be running late.
Absolutely! You can connect your phone/iPod/whatever to our speakers via bluetooth or AUX and blast your favourite tunes. We can also put on anything you want on Spotify or any other music streaming service you enjoy.
Experience has taught us to not work with outside hair/makeup artists. We have a roster of a few super talented hair/makeup professionals who have many years of experience working specifically on portrait headshots as well as on set doing film and tv. These professionals are trained in shooting high definition images.
If you book our hair/makeup professional then you don’t need to worry about anything. It’s optional but always recommended. Our hair/makeup artist gets you set up at the start of the session and then touches up and changes your looks as needed throughout. She’ll also watch things like stray hairs, how your hair is falling in the photos, shine, etc.
Please note that hair includes styling. It does not include a wash and dry. Just have your hair clean when you come in.
If you choose to do your own makeup then bring the supplies you usually use day to day to prep for an audition.
Bring with you a couple of wardrobe options, keeping in mind different looks you would go out for. No need to be too specific (keep the doctor smocks at home) but do bring an option or two for casual daytime, a night out, and a more professional look. Your photographer will help you mix and match the wardrobe with your hair, makeup, and different background and lighting setups. Remember, it’s not so much about the clothes… It’s about you and the energy and personality you bring from shot to shot.
As a general rule: Bring stuff you would wear to an audition, a fun night out, or on a date. Stuff you feel good and confident in.
Stay away from distracting patterns and large logos. Not to worry, smaller logos can be photoshopped out.
If you think you’ll still like it in a few months’ time then feel free to bring it. Keep in mind that the focus with headshots is your eyes, so you might want to stay away from big or otherwise distracting jewelry.
Our photographer will go over all your shots and upload them to a password protected client page. You’ll be able to go on and view all your photos, and are welcome to share them with family, friends, your agent, manager, and anyone else you want to help you make your selects.
We use a professional post production process to get your favourite photos looking their best. Among other adjustments, your selected photos will be cropped, colour corrected, and things like stray hairs and blemishes will be addressed.
Yes. Post production is included in the price. Number of touched up shots you get just depends on the package you buy.
Absolutely. You can always purchase additional touched up shots and you also get a bonus free touched up image with every referral!