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frequently asked questions


Whether we’re working with people or things, we’re all about collaboration and communication. Allison has a background that includes production, acting and directing. She applies the principles learned in school, classes and on set to every session, from specific lighting techniques for portraits and products to communicative direction, which helps clients immediately feel more comfortable in front of the camera.

We love photoshop, but for the finished product, we do our best to deliver beautiful images to you from the jump. We give you access to your high res unretouched images via your online gallery, so if you prefer to skip the final pop and polish, that’s alright with us.

We take headshots and portraits (editorial/pr) for actors, musicians, comedians, clowns, you name it. We also take corporate headshots and branding shots for other kinds of professionals. We also offer in-studio family sessions and product photography

Sub FAQ: What’s the difference between these things?

Acting headshots are for actors looking to get auditions and representation.

Editorial/PR shots are more personality driven shots that tell a story about the subject and may be used for promotional purposes or publications (with permission). These tend to be more experimental and less adherent to any particular industry rules. They’re for all kinds of people, but we put them with performers because we’ve got to categorize somehow.

Corporate headshots are for business professionals like CEOs, entrepreneurs, corporate consultants, real estate agents, doctors, lawyers etc.

Branding shots are for non-corporate professionals like therapists, teachers, authors, chefs, coaches, etc.

Product shots are for ecommerce shops, brick and mortar shops, food service – anything that involves a thing. 

Family sessions are family portraits. You get it.  

Please visit the corresponding category for the session you want to book (performer headshots/portraits, corporate/branding, products, families) to find rates or click on rates under the corresponding category in our main menu.

For organization purposes, we prefer to book via email. Scroll down to the contact form at the bottom of this page to give us all the info we need to get you on the books.

There is a $75 non-refundable deposit required to hold your appointment. That amount goes toward your session provided you keep your appointment as planned, or reschedule within our grace period (more details on that next).

We collect a deposit to ensure that all parties have a stake in keeping the appointment. Once paid, this deposit is 100% non-refundable, no exceptions. 
You WILL NOT lose your deposit if you request to reschedule with at least 5 days’ notice. 
You WILL lose your deposit if you request to reschedule within 5 days of your appointment. 
Super specific example: If your session is on Friday the 25th at 12:35pm, be sure to reschedule by Sunday the 20th at 12:35pm to retain your deposit. If you request to reschedule after that time, you will lose your deposit. 
We understand that life happens, but we cannot be responsible for things that come up in your life that prevent you from coming in. For actors, we recommend you book out during the time of your shoot, or that you let us know if there’s even a possibility of a callback or a booking conflict so we can line up a potential backup (you get this info, so share it even if it’s not a done deal). But really, if you’ve booked something, don’t let $75 ruin the celebration.
Now the exceptions (you’re right, we said no exceptions, but keep reading anyway):
– If we find someone to take your place, you keep your deposit. In our experience, it’s tricky to find a taker with less than a week’s notice, but we will try because we like being able to pay rent.
– If you find someone to take your place. The deposit is fully transferable if you have a friend who will take the appointment. Kind of like a concert ticket, except headshots. So actually very different, but you get it.
– If we have to reschedule you for any reason, you can opt for a refund and decline to rebook.
Please note that not reading this policy is not a valid excuse for requesting that your deposit be refunded. Not sure who we’re talking to here, because now you’ve read the whole thing and you’re the best!

We accept Cash, Check, Venmo, Zelle, and all major Credit Cards (on-site swipe).

We are located in the industrial area of Atwater Village, near Golden Road Brewery. 

Yes. Our large multi-purpose creative space has plenty of room for you to spread out. There’s a bathroom, makeup area, and private changing space. We have a small kitchenette with water, microwave, and fridge. The studio also has an HVAC system that keeps us from completely melting away during those east side summers and freezing during the winter (jk).

Yes. Feel free to bring a playlist for your session. We will hook up your phone to our sound system. We also have Spotify so you can listen to pretty much whatever you want while we work.

We send images to you via an online gallery platform. You can share, create a favorites list, and download images (or the gallery as a whole). For headshots, portraits, corporate and branding sessions, we aim to get this link out to you within one week of your shoot.

Yes. On location pricing for portraits and products is based on several factors. Please reach out via the form below to tell us more about what you’re looking for and we will get back to you with a quote.

Yes, we will send you or your recipient a digital gift card that they can use to book an appointment. Just let us know who you’re buying for and how much you want to spend.


We can provide the very basics for people that don’t have any experience applying makeup and/or don’t own their own makeup. If you want to hire someone for full hair and makeup/grooming services, you are welcome to do so. We do not make these arrangements for you, but we have a list of excellent options on our HMUA info page

Please read our HMUA info page if you’re considering hiring a pro. You do NOT need to hire someone from our list, but be sure your HMUA knows what they’re doing when it comes to headshot makeup. 

Yes. If you need matching slates for some or all of your headshot looks, we can tape these for you during the session. It does take a few minutes before or after each look, so it’s best to plan for fewer looks or book more time if this is something you need. The fee for this service is $15 per slate and includes editing. The files will be uploaded and sent separately from your gallery.

Please be sure to let us know if you need this prior to your appointment so we can have the equipment set up and ready to tape.

If you’ve already shot with us and you want to come back in to match your slates to your shots, send us an email.

Yes. Just communicate your goals when you book so we can be sure to leave room for this style of explorative shooting. We’re not fans of upselling and we always try to work with whatever budget is presented, but we will let you know if we don’t think it’s possible to meet your goals in the time you’ve booked.

Yes. We can shoot classic professional headshots as well as less corporate branding shots in the same session as long as you book enough time for the looks you need.

Yes. This is a great way to save a little money and still get the looks you need. The additional person fee is $125 for shared headshot sessions. 

When you book a shared session, we have both you and your shooting partner arrive at the same time and switch back and forth so that one of you shoots while the other preps for the next look. This works best when you’re doing your own hair and makeup and/or you don’t need to make major adjustments between looks.

Hiring a professional HMUA makes a shared session a little more complicated, but is doable. We highly recommend booking the Standard or Works sessions if both parties want to use pro HMUA services. We’ll be happy to get into the weeds with you on the logistics of this if you let us know your specific needs when you reach out.

For corporate team pricing or ongoing photography services send us an email.

For a friends headshot or a family headshot, where we are not also getting individual headshots for each person, there is no extra person fee and we recommend booking the Short Sesh.

Wardrobe is super important for headshots and should not be left to the last minute. Formulating a plan before the session helps everything go smoothly and gives you all the confidence going into your session. If you’re repped, check with your agents and/or managers as they may have very specific requests. Allison is also more than happy to consult on your wardrobe before your session or on the day. Here are a couple of options for help on this:

If you want to get input from us, we offer a few options. First, the freebies: you can send along your list of looks/types and wardrobe options via google drive or dropbox (not text, please)  and Allison will get back to you with feedback. You just need to send this email at least 5 days before your session. A 20-minute zoom consultation is also possible but based on availability. 

For our full consultation option, head to the next question.

In addition to the freebies described above, Allison offers a Full Virtual Consultation ($150) where she recommends types to aim for, specific wardrobe suggestions, accessorizing tips, hair and makeup / grooming suggestions, shopping links to suggested pieces whenever possible, and presented in the order we recommend shooting. It starts with a request for materials so she can review your goals and current look. She’ll then create a document with the plan laid out and offer a follow up via zoom to go over everything. 

Yes, but do so with caution. Irritated skin doesn’t look great on camera, so if your skin is sensitive, we don’t recommend it and we don’t take responsibility for shots that are problematic due to skin reactions to shaving. We recommend an electric razor always, but you know your skin best. Definitely keep in mind that shaving should not be rushed, so please book enough time to make this change.

Yes. The number of included retouches is detailed in the breakdown of each session package. You can visit the retouching page for information on what is covered with our retouching services.


Product photography pricing is based on several factors. We will send a proposal once we’ve learned more about your needs and goals for the shoot. Please email us directly to start the conversation or fill out the contact form on the products page.

A deposit is required for all sessions. We will send an invoice for the deposit, which is based on the total fee for the session, along with our proposal. If everything looks good to you, we will lock in your shoot and schedule a call once we receive your deposit. If you find that we are not a good fit for your needs, a partial refund of your deposit is possible at any point up until the conclusion of the consultation call.

This depends on the needs of the client. We will always have a consultation with the client to discuss the aesthetic and get a general plan in place. From there, we will work with you at our studio or on location to capture the images. 

Products may also be shipped or dropped off if shoot-day collaboration is unnecessary.

We will have a zoom session to discuss the needs and goals for the session as well as the brand voice and look. From there, we will request a mood board or create a mood board if one does not exist, for clear communication on shooting style and look. 

Product sessions are delivered via online gallery. The turnaround time depends on the number of products photographed, but generally we can deliver sessions within one week of the shoot.

Some retouching is included with every session, however, the amount of retouches included and the fee for additional retouching depends on the product we are working with. We will include this information in our proposal.


We create websites for individuals and small businesses to create both informational and ecommerce websites. Please visit our web design page for more information.

We work with families both in our studio and on location. Pricing begins at $450 for a 90-minute session in our studio. On location pricing depends on multiple factors. Please send us a message below and include any details you’re envisioning.

Please note that family portraits may be different from a family headshot. Reach out below if you’re not sure what you need.

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