You've just spent a month and 1/2 of rent money on getting your headshots. The experience was nerve wracking. You felt awkward, insecure, and began a total spiral of negative inner talk. "I hate getting my photos taken!" you think to yourself, because every headshot you've ever had has been this way. Besides the fact that the photographer didn't give very understandable direction, or didn't even give direction at all, they're the pro, right? Clearly they know what they're doing, and you don't. UGH.
You don't sleep that night - how did this end up so badly? And then the photos arrive in your email. Out of hundreds, you happen to luck in to one or two shots that you could use . You may not be crazy in love with them, but they'll suffice. Besides, you're just not good in front of the camera, right? (*cue to eating carbs and drinking wine*)
I get it. This was me. And sadly, not only is this a true story, but I know it's a true story for most of you out there.
My name is Pamela Bob, and I am an Actor. I have been on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional and TV/Film both on the performer side as well as the creative side. Headshots were always a conundrum, a point of stress to the extreme. I am one of you.
Let me take you back to 2001. After a few years of dipping in the waters of what would be my "job-job" outside of performing, I began my 2nd career: A Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist. This was one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I found another passion outside of performing that I truly loved, had a true talent for, and became quite successful. Hence, my business name, WHODOESYOURMAKEUP. (Cute, right?) www.WhoDoesYourMakeup.com
In 2007, another lucky thing happened to me: I became the Makeup Artist and Hairstylist for Jordan Matter, who was already the best Headshot/Portrait/Lifestyle Photographer in the business. Over the next 14 years (14 YEARS?!?!) I was at virtually every shoot assisting, doing HMU, and learning from the best. I have seen it all. His business went from already successful to off the charts booming over those years, and I was right there by his side.
And here is what I learned: HEADSHOTS ARE EASY.
That's right. I said it.
Ok, maybe they might not feel easy at first. But they certainly are simple. Meaning, knowing how to talk to the client using SIMPLE yet EFFECTIVE direction proved to me over the course of the thousands of headshots I have been a part of, that to get a great headshot does not require deep psychological delving. It does not have to conjure your "essence"... whatever that means. (How would you do that, anyway?) It is as simple as having a conversation with someone. As easy/simple as that. I learned that you don't have to just "luck" into that one shot. Even the most skeptical and fearful of clients walked out with dozens of shots that were stunning, no matter their age, skin tone, their type or their initial ease and ability in front of the camera.
Of course, a good photographer not only needs to know how to coach the client, but they need to know how to take beautiful, interesting, unique photos with perfect lighting. And have fun while doing it. Ta da.
Fast forward to today.
I decided to pick up my camera.
And guess what? I knew a thing or two.
And another passion emerged.
Now I am so excited to extend my services to you, with the same guidance and know-how with my years of experience that has taught me what a truly awesome photo should be. I care deeply about that.
Because remember, I'm one of you.
*photo by Jordan Matter
I shoot with natural light, which means that the majority of our time will be outside.
Because of this, I need another person at the shoot to help hold reflectors and deflectors.
If you are able to bring someone to help, or an additional 2nd person to also get their shots taken, I offer a discounted rate. (See rates below).
I am located in a fantastic area of Astoria, Queens which provides several varied and rich backgrounds right in my backyard!
Shoots can happen in all weather, with the exception of a solid rain downpour. Do not be discouraged if it's a gray day-often times that makes for the best lighting! We will be in correspondence before your shoot to make sure the weather will hold up.
If, however, you prefer being inside for the majority of the shoot, there are studio spaces in Long Island City, easily accessible by Subway or Car, that are fantastic for shooting, This will take a week or two in advance to book a space, at a nominal additional cost.
Clothes! Don't stress! The most effective pieces of clothing you can bring are the simplest. Because the environment depicts the mood of the shots (along with your expression), your clothes can be kept to the basics. Here are the never-go-wrong options:
These sessions are a little different than a normal headshot session, because in addition to your headshots, we will shoot 2-4 other looks/types that will be used for print work.
*Please note, Actors--
you can achieve different looks without having to do a comp card during your regular headshot session*
Before booking a comp card session, really know what specific types you are going for. Some examples could be:
Please do NOT consider the following types unless you could actively work in these industries or believably portray them:
Many of these looks might require some accessories, such as purses, jewelry (minimal), different shoes, etc.
You will be able to change hair and slight makeup changes in accordance to your looks.
That's right! No need to find a HMU artist - WDYphotography is a one-stop shop. Before your shoot, I will do your hair and makeup, and we will get to know each other!
MEN: I do suggest hair and makeup. This is more grooming than makeup-ing. I make sure your skin isn't shiny, even out some possible skin discoloration, and set the hair. Remember, this is makeup to look like you're not wearing any makeup!
Don't want to use me? No problem- You are still welcome to bring someone else.
*The same rate applies, whether you use my services or not.
You can check out my work here, and link to my Instagram:
We will typically use 2-3 clothing changes, and cater your looks to your types and industry needs.
If you book your session in March, I am offering this discounted rate INCLUDING HMU! Prices will go up after March!
If you bring someone to help with the shoot, get back some money, baby!
If you book a shot along with someone else, you receive a discount, too! PLUS it's super fun taking pictures together. Don't worry-You will each get your own individual shots, not just the same backgrounds for every shot. No headshot is a one-size-fits-all!
Same rates apply as above with the addition of the studio rental.
3 hr rental preferred. Does not exclude outdoor shots if wanted!
Headshots plus 2-4 Specific looks mostly used for Print work
All looks INCLUDE Headshots, HMU and any HMU changes
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I will narrow down the choices from the full session to the 30-40 very best and create a separate "favorites" page. This is also perfect for sharing to reps and others to see the best options to choose from.
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