Here's how easy it is to get yourself professional headshots that you're 100% happy with. It all starts by choosing a photographer whose style you like.
This is my style:
You're an actor. You're going to be seen on a screen that is horizontal with a 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio. Show a casting director what you will look like on screen, not in a portrait. I prefer to shoot landscape headshots 99% of the time (that doesn't mean I won't do portrait if that's what you want.)
I shoot against a white backdrop which depending on the lighting we use can be white, 50% grey, dark grey, or even black.
A little shadow on one side of the face looks great, but we want to make sure we see both eyes clearly.
I retouch all my images in Photoshop CS6. Some actors want a very natural look with little to no skin retouching. In these cases, I merely correct exposure and color.
Ninety percent of my clients ask for a retouch which consists of several layers of corrections. Blemishes are removed, skin is smoothed, eyes and teeth can be brightened. I do up to two retouches. A retouch for a single image takes between 20-30 minutes.
During a typical headshot session I take between 200-300 pictures. This number can vary depending if the client chooses a studio or outdoor session. (Outdoor sessions are limited by the number of shots we can get in the hour before the sun sets.) Studio sessions are usually longer, involve wardrobe changes, and image reviews.
Within 24 hours of your shoot, all of your images will be available online on a password-protected private gallery at my portfolio site on Zenfolio.
Each image is numbered so you can identify your favorites to be retouched. If you're unsure, I can help you choose your best shots.
Once the images are retouched I can deliver them to you via Dropbox or you can purchase your headshots directly from Zenfolio for $2.19 per 8x10. All prints are done at Millers, the largest professional lab in the United States. Images will remain on Zenfolio for an additional two weeks after-which they will be gone forever. I only archive your retouched photos. Clients who want access to all images can pay extra for a CD/DVD of the originals.