LIGHTING, LOCATION, STYLE:
I shoot digitally and with assisted natural light. My studio is located on Main Street in Santa Monica, CA, 2 blocks from the beach. It is a beautiful second floor walk up unit that looks out to Main Street. If climbing stairs is problematic for you please let us know right away so we can make other accommodations for your shoot. The studio is completely indoors so environmental factors (wind, rain) aren't an issue. I tend to shoot in a very organic style and make decisions about backgrounds and feel once I meet clients.
BUT WAIT!? HOW FAR OUT ARE YOU BOOKED?:
Typically one week.
UNLIMITED LOOKS? BUT HOW MANY SHOULD I DO?
If you don't have an agent and the purpose of these shots is to get you one, 2 looks is perfect (one commercial and one theatrical). Once you get an agent they may request specific looks from you so to get more than that at this point may be unnecessary. Any more than 2 (without an agent) would only be for specific character looks. If you do have an agent, speak to your agent and ask how many and what types of looks they want from you. Usually they'll have very specific needs and will tell you exactly what to get.
For corporate clients, 1-2 is appropriate.
BUT WHAT ABOUT MAKEUP?
You must come hair and makeup ready!
(If you require a makeup artist please send me an email, we can hire one of our professionals.)
2 retouches of your choosing is included with your shoot.
All of my retouching is done in house.
*Each ADDITIONAL retouching requested is $20 Per Image (for basic retouching)
* Email requests to: firstname.lastname@example.org
* In your email include: the image numbers you would like retouched (no need to attach them to the email, he has the originals). The image number should look like this: yourname_1234.jpg.
* Turn-around time: 2-3 days
* Basic retouching includes: softening under-eyes, softening fine lines, removing blemishes, cleaning up fly-aways, whitening teeth, brightening/whitening eyes. (anything past this is advanced retouching and will be quoted per job)
* Also includes: A high resolution file for printing as well as images re-sized for LA casting and Actors Access.
PLANNING FOR YOUR SHOOT:
Treat your session like an audition or job interview. ‘Book out’ the day of the shoot. Tell your agents and/or manager not to schedule you for auditions or jobs. Allow enough time to request off of work for your shoot and plan enough time for pre-shoot grooming. Don't wait until the last minute to get a waxing, haircut, or tan. I’ve seen many last minute grooming sessions end in disaster so please plan at least a week for salon visits. Prior to your shoot day I will email you detailed instructions with all of your shooting information and tons of wardrobe tips (my prep sheets are incredibly detailed so you will be totally prepared for your shoot!).
DAY OF THE SHOOT:
Please arrive on time. If you are early (we're on main street, there's plenty of great stores and cafes to hang out in) or wait in your car as we often have a client before your scheduled time. If you’ve had a bad day please try your best to ‘leave the drama at the door’. While we often will be able to sympathize with your situation (everyone has bad days), bringing negativity into your shoot will only reflect poorly on your photos. Please have all of your clothes organized and clean. Make sure your hair and make up is done.
LENGTH OF SHOOT:
We block out 1hr and 30mins for each session. This includes UNLIMITED looks. We RECOMMEND no more than 4 to 5 wardrobe changes per session.
NOTE: we may not need the whole hour and a half, if we feel like we got what we need some sessions end early.
AMOUNT OF PHOTOS YOU WILL RECEIVE:
Generally between 175 and 225 images (this always varies per session).
BRINGING PEOPLE WITH YOU TO YOUR SHOOT:
For kids under 18: Please bring 1 legal guardian with you. Please do not bring your entire family. Too many people in my studio at once can be distracting from the photo shoot and my main goal is to keep focus on you.
For adults: I prefer closed sets but if you'd like to bring someone for your comfort level you can bring 1 person with you. Sometimes people like to bring an agent or manager, I prefer if you don't. If your agent or manager insists on coming it's okay as long as you are 100% comfortable with this person (and please let me know prior to your session so I know they are coming). I find having representation there can make an actor uncomfortable and I want you to be the most relaxed you can be for your photos. I like to keep my attention 100% on you while you are in my studio, extra guests create more distractions and can hinder creativity.
IF YOU HAVE AGENT REPRESENTATION:
Please ask your agents what looks they need from you. I do encourage approving wardrobe through agents, however please be aware that not all agents like this (but some like it). So just please communicate with your agent whether or not they want to see your final wardrobe before your shoot day (either way don't bombard your agents with photos, they hate that). We will offer our wardrobe and hair recommendations during your shoot but it is your responsibility to communicate with your agent prior to your shoot day. Reshoots for wardrobe or hair style preferences are not allowed so approving hair style (up or down, curly or straight) with the wardrobe you will be wearing with your agent prior to your shoot can save you a lot of grief later. This process will only heighten your chances of a photoshoot they will love which means they will send you on more auditions!
There is no charge for reshoots due to technical issues (equipment malfunction, computer malfunction, etc.) However, due to the creative nature of what we do, free reshoots for any other reason are not allowed. The photographer and stylist make recommendations regarding your makeup, hair, and wardrobe, but the client always has the final approval. It is your responsibility if you do not like something the day of the shoot to say so. Otherwise, we will make the best decision we can for the style of your shoot based on our expertise.
IMAGE CONSULTING (OPTIONAL):
If you are looking for extra pre-shooting wardrobe help, I highly recommend image consultant Buckley Sampson. Buckley will help prepare you not only for our shoot but for auditions to come. Buckley Sampson / email@example.com / imagebybuckley.com
A deposit of $50 is required to complete your reservation and is refundable only 7 days or more prior to your shoot day. The remainder of the session fee is due the day of the shoot. If you are paying by check, there is a strict 7 day hold on your photos to allow your check to clear. The makeup artist and the photographer are paid separately so please be prepared to bring payment forms appropriate for both.
We reserve studio space for every appointment booked. We pay the studio fees in advance and refuse other work during a scheduled client booking. The closer it gets to a scheduled shoot day, the harder it is for us to re-fill a space if someone cancels. And unfortunately, we have to pay the studio fees regardless. For this reason, we have a strict cancellation policy. Thank you for your understanding.
Any cancellation under 120 hours (5 days) from a scheduled appointment the deposit is forfeited. Cancellations made 120 hours or more prior to your scheduled shoot time (5 days), a full refund of your deposit is available.
HOW YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR PHOTOS:
All images are emailed to you within 2-4 days after your shoot (unless you are paying with check there is a strict 7 day hold on the photos until your check has cleared). You will receive a link to your personal password protected gallery and a zip file with all the images from your session as well as detailed instructions.
If you are in a rush to receive your photos please let me know prior to your shoot so I can accommodate you. Every session goes through a process of color correcting, image adjustments, and resizing before I send anything out. This process is an important element to the final image of my photographs - what I like to call 'putting my thumbprint' on my photos. You will receive a link to your personal online gallery and a download of your entire session with all of the high resolution JPEG images. Once you receive the download link, please download your session to your computer immediately. It is your responsibility to backup your files once you receive them.
PRINTING FOR HEADSHOTS:
I love these two places:
Argentum Photo LabPhone: 323-461-2775www.argentum.com
Model Printing www.modelprinting.com
PRINTING FOR FAMILY SHOOTS:
You will be able to print your photos directly from my online gallery or you can take them to a printer of your choice. I can provide a printing release if needed.
INTERNET USAGE - PHOTOGRAPHY CREDIT RULES:
Please credit me anytime you post any photos on Facebook or any other networking sites:
How to credit: Photo by Rosenberg Image or www.rosenbergimage.com
Instagram: @brosenberg11 or #rosenbergimage. Thanks so very much!!!
PHOTO GUARANTEE AND COPYRIGHT:
Photographer does not warrant the longevity in quality of any digital media or files delivered to client. Client bears the sole responsibility for backing up, archiving, and maintaining the integrity of the files. The work created by Photographer during the assignment constitutes the copyrighted work of Photographer. The work at all times shall remain the property of Photographer. Any portion of the work delivered to client is for client’s personal use only. Client may not sell or reproduce, nor authorize the sale or reproduction of, any portion of the work without the photographers written consent. The only reproduction that is allowed is only for the purpose of promoting themselves in their line of business.