Me taking a photography, circa 1995.
A note on style:
I prefer cinematic portraits to overly poppy, bubblegum style headshots. If you need that, I totally respect it, but I am probably not the right photographer for you.
A clear & crisp, properly exposed, tightly-framed, thoughtful portrait 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 photos.
You should always be the focus, not the photography itself.
Generally, I 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.
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