Me taking a photography, circa 1995.
A note on style:
I prefer cinematic, muted portraits to overly poppy, bubblegum style headshots. If you need that, I totally respect it, but I don't think I am the right photographer for you.
That does not mean I don't shoot commercial portraits. Of course I do. I believe there are more effective, more engaging, less distracting ways to achieve an eye-catching photograph than by flooding a frame with thousands of watts of light and ten different colors. A clear, crisp, properly exposed, tightly-framed, thoughtful setup will always be a better business tool than a shot that makes you look like you are in a Mission Impossible film, or on the backlot of a huge movie studio. That's just noise and it won't serve you in the long run, so I don't do it. If you look at most successful actors' portraits, they are simple, well-lit, understated editorial-style photos.
Theatrical headshots I tend to do with a bit more shadow and a bit more mood.
Generally, I prefer more muted colors to overly saturated colors that distract. I also prefer cooler tones to warmer tones: light and dark greys, slate, blues, cool blacks, cool, crips whites, & natural greens. I prefer magenta to red. You can of course bring anything you want and if you love a warm color and know that you look great in it, then we can by all means shoot it.
I also tend to add some grain to my retouches because I think it's interesting and, again, cinematic. If you don't want that, just say so.
Things I will NOT do during retouching (please do not ask):
- Smooth your skin beyond what is natural
- Remove moles, birth marks, or obvious scars
- Change eye color
- Make your eyes perfectly white
- Alter your jaw line