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A headshot's one of the most valuable tools you have as an actor. When I was a young actor, teachers always emphasized their importance, but it wasn't until I accepted a job at a bi-coastal talent agency that I learned just how critical they are. Throughout the five years I spent working as a rep, it was clear that talented actors could miss out on the auditions that they deserved because of a bad headshot. A good headshot tells your story and shows what makes you unique as an actor. The right headshot can help open doors.

As a young actor, I was rushed through my first photo shoot. Now that I'm shooting, I never schedule more than one actor a day.

When you arrive, we'll put on your favorite music and chat about what you want to achieve with your new headshots. We'll go through my portfolio so I can get sense of which photographs you were drawn to. Together, we will focus in on what your strengths are and choose the clothes, lighting, and locations that will compliment your goals.

In the days leading up to your shoot, I'll ask that you think about which productions you'd be a good fit for. A recent actor I worked with was targeting shows like Mr. Robot. If you haven't seen it, it's a dark New York City drama about a group of hackers. That idea made me think of shadowy locations that suggest being on-the-run. We decided to shoot underground in the subway and created an image that could easily be a production photograph from that show. That type of shot isn't right for everyone, but it shows how a little research can lead to a compelling photograph that represents the roles you're right for. A photographer should be able to adapt to an actor, not box you into their narrow "trademark" style. A headshot is about you, not the photographer.

As a young actor, I was rushed through my first photo shoot. Now that I'm shooting, I never schedule more than one actor a day. It's obvious why photographers schedule lots of actors -- there's more money to be made. I'm not a headshot factory here. I never want anyone I work with to feel like they're just a number on a conveyor belt.

"The atmosphere was very relaxed, very friendly. Chris made you feel like you had known him for years. Everyone seems to agree that my photo is a good reflection of not only what I look like, but who I am."
-Dolan Byrnes from the Backstage article "Picture Yourself Working: Getting the Headshot That's Right for You"

I want your headshot experience to be as simple and stress-free as possible. You probably spend your days auditioning among the madness of midtown. I'm only a few subway stops away -- though it might as well be a different city -- on the Upper West Side, right across from Central Park. It doesn't feel like typical New York up here and the chill vibe helps everyone slow down a little and breathe.

When we're shooting, I do everything I can to take your mind off of the camera. When we're doing your commercial (laughing) headshots, you'll have a bunch of bad jokes thrown at you. More than once, I've heard "You're such a dork!" as people laugh. I know that if I'm willing to make myself look like an idiot, you'll feel like you can relax and take risks. For the dramatic shots, a lot of actors prefer turning up Beyoncé whilst I watch for the typical tension actors hold in their faces. Sometimes I feel like a choreographer of the face. It's not unlike an acting class -- actors arrive working too hard at emoting, and I'm reminding you to just breathe and relax your overactive eyebrows. I'll pick on you a little, but you'll thank me later. As we shoot, I'll show you previews of the images just to make sure you like how everything looks. If you're not loving a shirt, background, or anything else, we'll change it.

"Chris is calm, caring, and creative. I consider those three C's to count for a whole lot in a headshot photographer!"
- Jenn Gambatese (Broadway's School of Rock, All Shook Up)

After we're done shooting, I'll sort through all of the headshots, mark my favorites, and then upload them to a private gallery. You'll have access to all of your images on the night of your shoot. I built an interactive gallery system from the ground up. You can invite your friends, agents, and professors to the gallery and they can vote on their favorite headshots.

All shoots include two images that I personally retouch. Whenever I show my retouching samples, everyone always comments, "That's amazing, can you retouch me like that in real life?" All of my retouching work is natural, keeping in mind that you should look like yourself. Once they're retouched, I'll upload them to your gallery where you can save and share them.

Throughout the entire process, you can email me with any questions and I'm happy to help. Scroll down to view all of my pricing information, frequently asked questions, and to view my online calendar where you can book a shoot day. I look forward to working with you!



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What's included
  • Two hours of shooting
    Your choice of indoor shooting and/or outdoor shooting if the weather permits. There's no limit on looks, but it's best to narrow them down to five or less.
  • Two retouched images
    I'll retouch two high-resolution images from your shoot. Additional retouched images are available for $35 each through me, or you can use other professional retouchers.
  • Web gallery, ready the same day
    On the night of your shoot, you will get password protected access to all of your high-resolution images. You're able to invite friends, agents, managers, etc. into the gallery.
  • Suggested shots
    I'll go through all of your images and mark the ones I think will work best for your goals. Ultimately, you get to pick which images are used, but my clients have found it helpful to get my input.
  • Online backup
    Your online gallery will remain online for at least two years, making downloading and backing up of your images easy.
  • Ego-free photographer guarantee
    I'm here to help, not intimidate. From pre-shoot to post-shoot, I'm here to answer questions and guide you through the photo shoot process.



Pricing details
  • Shoot price: $595
    The shoot price includes all of the items listed above. A deposit is due at the time of booking and the balance is due on the shoot day. Payment can be made with credit card, Venmo, check, or cash. Discounts are offered for students, groups, and returning clients:
    Available discounts:
    • $495 for full-time students details
      For students enrolled in a full-time BFA or MFA program. I also extend the discount to current students of the two years programs at William Esper Studio, Stella Adler, AADA, Lee Strasberg, and Atlantic Theater Company. Not combinable with other discounts.
    • $495 if you book with a friend details
      Team up with a friend, book your individual shoot days, and enjoy a $100 discount on both of your shoots. There's no limit to the number of people who can sign up together. Not combinable with other discounts.
    • $445 for student + friend details
      If you're a full-time student and you team up with your classmates, everyone gets $150 off. Just book your individual shoot dates and enter the names of your classmates when you book. Not combinable with other discounts.
    • $395 for returning clients details
      You're back! I'm excited to work with you again and you're going to get a massive discount! Not combinable with other discounts.
  • Hair & makeup for women: $195
    It might seem like everyone in my portfolio is naturally perfect, but there's a lot of activity going on behind the scenes to make everything look as good as it does. She stays with us for the entire shoot and makes sure you look your best and will listen to any feedback you have. To ensure the best results, she is required for all shoots. The hair & makeup artist price is in addition to the shoot price.
  • Hair & makeup for men: $95-145
    If you have good skin, a hair and makeup artist is usually not necessary. If you'd like to have a makeup artist, she charges $95 to come in before your shoot, fix you up, and then leave for the shoot. If you're shaving, you can schedule her to stay for the first-half of the shoot and fix your makeup after you shave for $145. The hair & makeup artist price is in addition to the shoot price.



Scheduling a shoot
My calendar is available online to make scheduling a shoot easy.

I typically add shoot days to my calendar about 30 days in advance. If a day you want is booked already, I'm happy to notify you of a cancellation.

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