Hair + Makeup Artistry

You are not required to hire a hair and makeup artist, but if you prefer to, please let us know so we can schedule prep time before your shoot (unless you prefer to prep off-site first). We can provide up to 75 minutes of prep time prior to your session to get ready with your HMUA at the studio (not applicable to the Short Sesh). If you want more time, you will need to arrange an off-site appointment with your HMUA beforehand. They are welcome to come with you to shoot even if you prep off-site first.

Disclaimer: We love working with hair and makeup artists, but we take no part in hiring a HMUA for you, nor do we take any responsibility for artists cancelling on you – like actors, they sometimes need to take a good gig when they get it. You enter into this agreement with your HMUA directly. We highly encourage you to keep communication open and clear throughout your planning process. Before you hire a makeup artist, look at their work, confirm their rate, and ask about their contingency plan if they need to cancel on you. The deposit to hold your spot with us is entirely unrelated to your HMUA, and if you need to cancel because of a HMUA (within 7 days of your appointment) you will be required to pay a new deposit.

More info after the list.

A list of talented hair + makeup artists that know how we work:

pricing is based on last known info
all rates should be confirmed before booking.

Bethany Johnson, Makeup + Hair
$275 for up to 3 hours
$50 per 1/2 hour thereafter
Portfolio  |  Email

T’ai Rising Moore, Makeup + Hair
$250 for up to 3 hours
$50 per additional hour
Portfolio  |  Email

Theresa Baca, Makeup + Hair
Portfolio  |  Email

Rachel Nicole, Makeup + Hair
$225 for 1-hour sessions
$275 for 2-hour sessions
Check with Rachel for longer session rates
Portfolio  |  Email

Danielle Katherine, Makeup + Hair
$260 for up to 3 hours
Portfolio  |  Email

Check with them for rates.



Nancy Nicholson, Makeup + Hair
Portfolio  |  Email


Kate Hollinshead, Makeup + Hair
$175 for 1-hour sessions
$250 for 2-hour sessions
$300 for 3-hour sessions
+$50 per 30 minutes from there
Portfolio  |  Email

Kelsey Link, Makeup + “Light” Hair
Portfolio  |  Email

Jayme Kavanaugh, Makeup + Hair
$200 for “Do & Go”
$250 for on-set presence, 1-3 looks
+ $50 for 4-5 looks 
Portfolio  |  Email

Elita Moon, Makeup + Hair
building a portfolio, affordable rates

A few other things to keep in mind:

If you require specialty makeup – eg: goth, punk, glam, hosting, beauty – you will want to schedule, at minimum, a 2-hour session for no more than 4 looks (3 hrs w/HMUA). If time allows, we’ll be happy to work in more looks. If you absolutely need more looks, you will need to book more time. Specialty makeup may incur a higher fee with your makeup artist, so be upfront about it.

You are not required to hire an HMUA from the list above. If you hire a different HMUA, please be sure they know how to do headshot hair and makeup. It is different from beauty, glam, and special effects makeup. These are headshots that should look like you, not you at your wedding, not you on the red carpet, but you when you walk into the audition room.

Lastly, remember that your makeup artist works in very close proximity to your face. Respect them and us by not coming to your session if you’re sick. Let us know and we’ll try to work with you.

"Omg these are amazing!!!!"
"Allison and Matthew thank you so much! You did an amazing job and it's gonna be such hard work to pick. I'm so happy! Thank you thank you thank you!"
"Ho. Lee. Sheet. These are insane."
"I got an agent!! Your headshots are amazing!! I got signed to [LA agency]! Thanks so much!!...I’ll be in touch about getting some touch ups, although the photos are so good already...Thank you so much!"
"Ok I gotta tell you -- I booked like 20 gigs last year from those headshots and I'm STILL BOOKING."
"Really, really good stuff...In fact, I posted [a shot] on facebook and got about 400 likes, 30 something comments and a handful of DM's from people congratulating me on coming into my own. I mean...if you're looking for better feedback than that, you're a greedy MFer'"
"I am absolutely floored. I’ve never come out of a session so happy and feeling so confident. I literally can’t choose between photos because I love them all...Thank you guys so much!"
"I’m so happy you convinced me to do [a particular look]. Those pics are just so cool. It really reflects the kind of roles I’ve been dying to play but haven’t gotten the chance. It made me cry a little bit...So excited thank you xoxo"
"Thank you so much for such a great shoot!!...I am usually pretty nervous for headshots and you made it such a joyful easy experience. I really appreciate it!!"
"Oh my goodness—I’m so excited about these!! Thank you so much. Can’t wait to go through in more detail and pick my favorites, but I’m thrilled so far 🙂 Thank you for making such beautiful, creative choices with the PR stuff—it’s exactly what I wanted."
"My headshots have had great results already and I'm about to sign with a new agent!!! Thank you so much! They're amazing!"
"My reps LOVE the shots and we've already started using [them]. They're getting lots of attention. THANK YOU!"
"I am in love with these new shots...Thank you so much for capturing ME. They feel fresh and vibrant - exactly what I was hoping for."
"Wanted to thank you for the lovely experience you cultivated during our photo session. Just wanted to let you know, I was immediately signed to an agent from your headshots. She was so impressed with them all that she asked for your info and wants to send her other clients your way."
"I just counted. I booked 18 film/tv jobs off of the photos from our last session."
"It truly was a joy working with you. Headshots can sometimes be such a daunting chore, but you made it so fun and easy."
"Hey wanted to reach out and let you know that I am absolutely in love with these photos. Having the hardest time narrowing them down thank you so much ❤️"
"Just wanted to say thanks! I am really happy with the session and can't believe we managed to get all of that done in an hour! WOW. This is honestly the best I've ever felt about headshots."
"I'm happy! Reps are happy! [My agent] wants to replace all my old looks with the new-new vibe!"

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