– answers to frequently asked questions –
– answers to frequently asked questions –
We do not collect a deposit when you first schedule, however, a deposit is due if you need to reschedule your session for any reason. This deposit is non-refundable and is required to set a new appointment date. The amount will be applied to your session fee unless you cancel again, in which case, it will be forfeit and a new deposit will be due to hold another date.
A deposit is not due if we need to reschedule you. Reasons we may need to reschedule you include:
1) Bad weather. As Outkast said, you can plan a pretty picnic but you can’t predict the weather. And for our natural light shoots, rain can be a problem. If it makes sense to bring your shoot inside, we’ll do it, otherwise we’ll reschedule you for a date shortly thereafter.
2) Auditions/Bookings. If an audition or booking comes up on our end we will try hard to work around it, but if we can’t then we’ll work with your schedule to get you back in as soon as possible. If you’ve paid a deposit it will still be applied to the new date or we will refund you if you do not wish to be rescheduled.
3) Illness. If we get sick but can still shoot, we’ll warn you and leave the decision to you. If you get sick, don’t take your headshots. Your photos won’t be good. They just won’t be good at all.
If you need to cancel or reschedule your session, let us know with as much notice as possible so we can try to get your appointment covered by another client. The deposit amount due will depend on how much notice you give us: more than 72 hours requires a $50 non-refundable deposit, less than 72 hours requires 50% of your session fee. Again, this deposit is applied to your new shoot date and is only forfeit if you need to reschedule a second time.
We understand that auditions come up last minute, but we recommend that you treat your session with as much respect as you would an audition or booking and book out for the day of your appointment. We reserve the right to refuse rescheduling if you are a no-show or if you reschedule multiple times.
All of our pricing information is available over on the Pricing page. All referrals and returning clients can take $20 off any session. Be sure to let us know how you heard about us!
Natural Light Headshots: We love natural light for acting headshots because it’s flattering, and, well natural. (Because it’s great to look like your headshot when you walk in the room.) These shots are a more classic headshot style, framed a little closer for the most part and focused on your face. We use the light from the sun with a little fill to keep your eyes sparkly. On gray days, we may use a strobe to fill things in. Unfortunately we can’t shoot in the rain, however, if it makes sense for your plan, we’ll move you indoors. If not, we’ll reschedule you for the next available date that works for everyone.
Studio Light Headshots/PR/Beauty: Our 800sf back studio is outfitted for all kinds of stuff. We’ve got extra large backdrops, white walls, multi-colored walls for fun, and textured walls for drama. We’ve got continuous lights, we’ve got strobes. We’ve even got big bright windows to mix it up. This kind of thing is great for creative PR shots, beauty shots, and full body, fitness, or dance shots.
Outdoor / Lifestyle: We’re lucky to be surrounded by all kinds of photogenic backdrops at 270° Studios, both indoors and outdoors. For these shots we go outside to shoot in front of real walls, in real settings. You can get PR style shots here as well as specific character driven headshots. We don’t need to wander too far from basecamp to get a lot of different vibes, so we don’t eat up too much time walking around.
Can you do it all in one session? You sure can. Just be sure to book enough time to get everything you need.
Send us a message using the form on our contact page and we will respond within 24 hours with a date for you. You can check out the calendar on that page as well to get our general availability. No deposit is required to hold a date. A deposit will be due if you need to reschedule your originally scheduled session (see the Reschedule Policy above).
If you’re appointment is further out than you want, you can check our calendar to see if anything opens up. Sometimes we have reschedules or cancellations and sometimes we open up a new date if our schedule allows. It’s all marked on the calendar and filled on a first come, first served basis.
Yes, you need to wear makeup. Unless you’re going for a really raw look, you’ll want to wear a little more makeup than you usually wear for an audition. Guys, you will need at minimum anti-shine powder.
We do not provide full service makeup artistry, but we do provide very basic foundation/powder application most suitable for our male clients, but available to everyone. We highly recommend hiring a hair and makeup artist (HMUA) if you are not totally confident in your own hair and makeup skills or if you just prefer to sit back and relax while someone else does the work. We have a list of really awesome HMUAs that we can send upon request, but you are also welcome to hire anyone you already know and love.
Please note that you must arrange a pre-shoot appointment with your HMUA for the 1-hour, Returning Client, and Editorial sessions so that you can arrive to the shoot camera-ready.
For 2 hours & up, we can arrange to have you arrive to your session up to 60 minutes early to discuss the wardrobe plan and prep with your HMUA before the session. You just need to let us know that you’re planning to hire a HMUA when you contact us to book.
Your HMUA is welcome to stay for changes and touch-ups during the shoot.
We are now located in the industrial area of Atwater Village, near Cinelease and . The exact address and parking information will be provided to you via text a day or two before your scheduled appointment. We do this to check in one more time before your session and to be sure you have easy access to that information.
Generally speaking, we schedule 1-hour sessions in the afternoon, and longer sessions earlier in the day. This allows for time to be added to the front of the session if you should decide to hire a hair and makeup artist and prep at the studio before your shoot. If you are doing PR-style or other studio-lighting shots, we may schedule you earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon, as sunlight is not an issue.
Wardrobe is so important! Never leave it to the last minute to figure out. Allison is more than happy to consult on your wardrobe via email before your session or on the day. You can send selfies or pics of your wardrobe choices along with a list of the looks you want to achieve and she’ll get back to you with input. If you’re repped, always check with your agent/manager as they may have very specific requests. And if you need some more hands-on help, a stylist (like Tandem client Buckley Sampson) will take you shopping and help you devise a solid plan. Whatever input you get, just be sure to narrow down your choices to a reasonable, easy to schlep number before your shoot date.
Both of us are actors, so we speak your language. Allison has a background in filmmaking, has experience directing for film, and has worked with actors for years. She will guide you using energy work, scenarios, physicality, etc. She will communicate with you as she shoots and will not just let you wonder if you’re doing things right. But there’s always room for you to try things and get silly too.
We shoot out of our large multi-purpose creative space in Atwater Village where we have plenty of room for you to spread out. There is a bathroom, makeup area, and private changing space. We make no guarantees about the facilities for the Editorial Session, however, so you will want to plan accordingly.
We shoot out of our large multi-purpose creative space in Atwater Village where we have plenty of room for you to spread out. There is a bathroom, makeup area, and private changing space.
Additional retouching (beyond what is included in your session) is $15 per image. The turnaround is usually 5-7 business days but ultimately depends on our workload at the time you order.
The fee for non-Tandem photo retouching is usually $20 per image, but ultimately depends on the quality of the photo we are working with and the amount of work that is required. You can email it over for a quote.
For more information visit our Retouching page.
Check out our gifts page for more details on buying a headshot session or editing credit for the lucky so-and-so in your life.
Don’t worry! We’ll send out an email when you book with more information that is specific to your shoot and tips to help you prepare. And if you have questions, just ask us. We’re nice!