This stuff is pretty basic and common business sense,  but we humans sometimes forget.  Also those new to the business may not know what to expect.
 
  • Although your shoot will be fun and relaxed, it is still BUSINESS. We're working -  think of it as you would any job- you don't bring buddies/family etc. or goof off.  We want to get  as much great work done for you as possible.
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  • Talk with your agent or manager prior to a shoot to find out what they want and what they don't want in a headshot for you. Everybody has their preferences. There is not just one way to do headshots. 
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  •  Do not bring anybody with you who is not vital to the shoot. (Of course chaperones are fine when needed.) We have limited space, and other bodies/energy/conversations just louse up shoots.
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  • For actors/actresses headshots  -- Please - for your own good- do not get special hair or makeup done for your shoot.  Casting directors don't want glamor shots, they want to see what you look like on an average day. The main reason people don't look like their headshot is they have their makeup done special. Do your makeup the way you would any day.  You're beautiful the way you are. (and we can always retouch if needed.
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  • Be sure to bring water/snacks, etc.  We need to keep  your energy and mood up. Don't starve yourself thinking you'll look fat in the pics. It doesn't work like that.
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  •  Don't be rushed or stressed.  Make this your photo day. If you're running around all day or having to rush off to be somewhere directly before or after the shoot, you're hurting the results.  .Keep your day about your shoot so you are refreshed, relaxed and you.  So also don't party the night before and don't skimp on the sleep.
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  •  Focus on your shoot. Do not invite distractions that will waste time and nerves. Keep your phone off.  It will be a brief but necessary time away from it.
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  • Additional note:  Shoots take place in an antique Hollywood bldg. built by Paramount Studios for their early stars. If you're new to the business, you will learn that auditions, shoots, interviews, etc take place in all sorts of places, from private residences to garages, parks, etc. Hollywood is not all glamor and glitz in shiny glossy high-tech studios. Of course always be careful and go with your gut instincts, but keep an open mind.
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  •  Ok, thanks.  All this is only to get you the best shoot possible. I care doggonit.