Professional Actor Headshots
As an actor or performer you know that your headshot is a vital tool of the trade - it's a staple of the casting process; Especially for international work, it is the thin edge of the wedge that can get you an opportunity to be seen.
SAGA Members get 20% off the list price!*
By investing in professional photographs you show that you value yourself and your career. It gives casting directors the confidence that you are invested in your career and believe in yourself enough to spend your own money to get work.
This is not just a limited time special: Professional Actors get Four edited professional headshot photos as high resolution digital downloads for R384.00 including tax.
*This offer is valid for photo shoots in my studio in Melkbosstrand, Cape Town only. I can travel with my camera, lights and backdrop, but you'll be paying extra to cover my risk of travelling with valuable assets.
**I can arrange hair and make-up people, but costs will be for your account.
Portfolio In Studio
Actors, Models and Extras: Your agent needs studio quality photographs to secure castings for you.
You will get: a set of portfolio photos including head-shots, 3/4 and full length portraits, profiles and hands. We'll also record a short video clip of you, introducing yourself. All in all you'll get at least 20 high resolution photographs for your portfolio.
This is a 30 minutes shoot in my studio in Melkbosstrand (click to view in Google Maps), and is ideal for updating your agency photos or if you want to approach and agent for representation.
Please arrive ready to shoot - you'll be responsible for your own hair, make-up and wardrobe. We'll run through a set of standard photos and, after this, you're free to pose and play and create portraits to share on social media. If you have a photo you'd like to emulate, do send it to me ahead of time and I'll see what can be done.
Wardrobe: Bring clothes that look good on you and make you feel comfortable and confident. During the session we can cover 3 "looks": one casual, one formal and one smart-casual outfit.
*A note on colours: Do not wear white or black clothing, do not display visible logos or bold prints on t-shirts. Busy dense patterns or lines/stripes are best left at home.
Hair: My advice is: keep it simple. It's not necessary to come with just-styled salon hair. You're going to want a look you can maintain, and wear your hair like you'll wear it for castings and auditions. If you have long hair, we'll want to see it up and down, we can do that with one of your looks.
Do what you can to tame frizzy hair, unless it's part of your look, then show off your natural hair. It's awesome.) If you wear a wig, remember that you will want to look like your photographs when you do castings. If you have fine hair, please try to tame the fly-aways if you can.
Whatever your style on the day, that's what we'll capture.
Make-up (for ladies): Best of all is the "nude look" - simple and natural looking make-up. Remember that the focus must be on your face, not your make-up skills. Show up like you would if you didn't have much time to prepare. If you like you can bring a nice bold lip to dress up your formal look, but we'll apply that for the last look. It's easier to apply more make-up for dressier looks than to try and scrape it off!
Guys and kids should not wear any make-up for portfolio shoots. A little lip-gloss is allowed, but I don't want to know that it's there.
or a sport uniform/outfit. If you're confident about your body we can explore how much to show. - if you have a niche hobby, it may be a good subject for a photo or two.
SAGA members get a 20% discount** on any photo shoot. Certain agencies get discounts**, so please ask when you book (you can add a note to say which agency you're signed with)
Chat to me if you want to get into doing TV/video commercials or photographic modeling, I may be able to help you sign up with an agent.
I'm looking forward to seeing you in studio - we live in exciting times. What we do during the hard times will certainly bear fruit when it gets easier!
Wet Shoot (30 minutes)
Surfers, swimmers, body boarders:
On a Wet Shoot I follow you into the water with my "go anywhere" compact camera and we'll spend up to 30 minutes playing in the waves. You don't have to be a surfer to get some great action shots - I've even done a family photo shoot in the ocean, and it is an unforgettable experience.
I wear swim fins to get around and I'll position myself to get the best shots of the action.
Before booking your shoot, please check out the 6-day surf prediction at:
Surf report for Melkbosstrand on Magicseaweed
I usually also look at the weather prediction. Cloudy or partly cloudy skies make for better photographs:
Melkbosstrand Weather Forecast, FreeMeteo.co.za
If observable surf conditions are challenging on the day we may have to reschedule the shoot. You must be a strong swimmer and accept the risks of entering the ocean, I won't be held responsible for any mishaps and I am not a life guard.
Family Photo Shoot, Outdoors
Book a family photo shoot on the beach. This is a 1 hour long informal, open air shoot for up to 12 people.
Outdoor photo shoots are a fun way to interact with your family and create lasting memories that you can cherish - after all, your kids are growing up and this is a very special age. Fur babies are also welcome (as long as they are well socialised, we want this photo shoot to be a real happy experience for everyone).
I can't wait to meet you and your family or friends. (A photo party in your own back garden is the same price - check the attached photos for Michelle's photo party pics)
Book A Product Studio Photoshoot
My studio in Melkbosstrand is ideal for small groups, family photo shoots or product shoots. Minimum booking: 1 hour.
Studio shoots are charged at R650 for the first hour. Additional time is charged at R450 per hour and is prorated (calculated by actual time taken). It is a space roughly 3 m x 3 m x 3 m with white backdrops, LED lights and flash/speedlights. Smaller Black and white backdrops and a 1.5 x 2.5m green screen can be set up. Large green screen on request.
Your 50% deposit secures your booking.
Your up to date, professional headshot is a signal to your customers that you are trustworthy.
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