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Headshot FAQs

This page & service is primarily for actors, but the same information & skillset also applies to publicity & promotional headshots such as those used by TV personalities, models, athletes, singers, dancers, artists, authors, and other performers.


> How much does it cost?

> Do I have to pay a deposit?

> What is 'Total Shoot Time'?

> What is a 'Total Look'?

> How can I pay for my headshots?

> Can I pay with a credit card?

> Can I pay with a personal check?

> Do you provide proofs?

> Will I get a CD of all images taken during session?

> How do I see my proofs?

> Can I get some modeling shots during my headshot session?

> Can we shoot outside?

> What is a 'retouched-high resolution digital file'?

> How long does it take to get my final image?

> How long does it take to get my proofs?

> How can I get more total final images?

> What if I don't like any of my proofs?

> What if I have to cancel my appointment?

> What if I need to reschedule my appointment?

> What if I am late to my appointment?

> Is my deposit refundable?

> What kind of light do you use?

> Do you edit or re-touch photos?

> When is the balance due for my session?

> Is make-up or hairstyling included?

> Can you suggest a make-up artist or hair stylist?

> Do you shoot in color or black-and-white?

> Do you print my photos?

> Can I bring someone with me to the shoot?

> Can I bring my own make-up artist or hair stylist?

> Do you have a private studio?

> Will you travel to me?



-Please visit my rates page HERE for standard pricing.  If you would like a custom service, or would like to discuss other options, please EMAIL me.  Your package must be paid in full prior to session start.  You can pay in advance or day of with cash, credit card, or business/corporate check (no personal checks accepted).  Deposits are due to schedule an appointment.  There is a $35.00 fee for any returned business check.  Please notify in advance if you will need to pay with credit card at the session.

-For performer headshots, a $50 deposit is due at time of booking to schedule an appointment.  This deposit is applied to your total booking fee. Your reservation will be canceled if the deposit is not received at least 24 hours prior to your appointment. Personal checks are not accepted for deposits.  You can conveniently pay your deposit via PayPal, or hand deliver a cash payment. Deposits are non-refundable if you cancel and do not reschedule. A new deposit is required if rescheduling within 24 hours, or after a no-show occurs.

-'Total Shoot Time' is the period after make-up, hair, and final looks once the subject steps in front of the lens until the number of appropriate images has been reached. I do not believe in limiting the number of shots (exposures) in the Digital Age, just the allotted time for the session. Some sessions are completed in a short total shoot time with minimal images, some require longer times and more images. I am committed to capturing however many total images are needed to provide the perfect headshot.

-A 'Total Look' is a combination of an outfit, hair & make-up, lighting setup, and background or location. A standard headshot session is generally two 'Total Looks'.

-A private online link to your low-resolution proofs will be available within 48 hours upon completion of your session for your perusal and selection.  This link can be shared with anyone you would like to assist in your selection. These proofs are watermarked and should not be reproduced. In most cases for group corporate sessions, immediate proofs and final selections can be arranged.  Once you receive your proofs, you are free to make your selection by filename, choosing however many final images come with your package.  You are free to download any file for your records, a full CD of all proofs will cost $10.

-Once you make your selection from the proofs, you will receive preview images within five business days to approve all edits.  When you approve the preview images, you will be sent a retouched high resolution digital file via a link from Dropbox for each image which will be print ready.  ATP does not print headshot files for you unless special arrangements are made in advance, and may incur a separate fee.  You do not need a Dropbox account to download the files.  If you wish to add more final images than what is included with your package, they are available at $25 each as a retouched high resolution digital file.  A CD of all full resolution files will cost $45.

-If you have booked, agreed to, and paid for a headshot session, modeling shots cannot be provided without adding a model or portfolio session.

-ATP loves to shoot outside!  Cloud coverage, amount of daylight, weather, etc are all contributing factors.  As such, shooting outside is not always possible as scheduled.

-A retouched high resolution digital file, or final image, is an image that has been optimized for print by having light & color adjusted and skin imperfections corrected.

-My goal as a professional photographer is to make you happy with your photos.  In the unlikely event that there is a technical problem, I offer a free re-shoot.  Please address any concerns within 7 days of the shoot.

-Natural light is my light of choice, but that is not always available nor is it always possible.  I have a fully mobile studio setup and flash capabilites as well.

-Life happens, if you need to cancel for any reason, I will allow one rescheduled session on the same deposit within thirty days as long as you cancel more than 24 hours in advance.  If you don't show up to your session, or if you cancel within 24 hours of your scheduled shoot, you forfeit your deposit and a new deposit will be required to reschedule.  If you are more than 15 minutes late arriving to your scheduled appointment, the session will be canceled and you forfeit your deposit.

-ATP performs basic retouching and editing on all final images.  This includes adjusting light, color, flyaways, and skin blemishes to ensure that you look like yourself at your best.  I do not alter facial structure, body size, body shape or perform other major adjustments unless specific arrangements have been made and may incur an additional fee.  Remember, it is important that your performer headshot resembles you as you are.  If you have any concerns, please address them prior to shoot start.

-All images are shot in full color, but an image can be easily adjusted to black and white.

-You are welcome to bring one guest with you to your headshot session for morale, support, safety, you name it-as long as they do not interfere with the session.

-At this time,  headshot sessions are held at a private home studio.  Exterior shots are available and in most cases are preferred for modern headshots.

-Makeup and hairstyling services are not included with any session rates.  You are welcome to bring your own, but please arrive camera ready at your scheduled time; time will be allotted for final looks and retouching as necessary.  Bringing your own stylists does not count against your guest or escort.  Visit my RATES page to view current booking costs to have ATP provide services for you from preferred artists.

-Hair and makeup services are cash only to be paid directly to the artist.  Rates posted are mostly for headshots and portraits; for custom services and some extended fashion or modeling sessions, custom rates may be required by the freelance artist.  Hair and make-up services are provided by talented, professional freelance artists and are not employees of Ashland Thomas Photography.

-ATP will travel anywhere!  Local shoots (no fee) is any shoot within the geographical limits of the City of Chicago.  There are fees to travel outside city limits to cover travel expenses, fuel, tolls, etc.  No location is too far-have passport, will travel!


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