Actor/Individual Headshot Session

Imagine that when a casting director quickly goes through the sea of little thumbnails of headshots and actor resumes, your headshot really stands out and leave them a great impression. All we want is to help you to push your acting career forward by giving you the tools so that you could have a better chance to land the role of your dreams.

One of the greatest challenges to a headshot photographer has always been how to capture the emotions and the feelings of an individual in front of his or her camera. To me, a great actor's headshot almost always makes the viewers feel something. We are human and we feel a lot. My goal is to convey a glimpse of the personality of the actors to the casting directors. I do so through communicating and subtly directing actors to make them "forget" they are being photographed, that's where the magic really happens.

THE SESSION

Our actor's headshot sessions usually last up to three hours and a half in length. There is plenty of time so that you can fully relax and focus on taking directions and getting the best headshot for your acting career. We will be shooting in front of an elegant white background because we believe “less is more” in a headshot. We intend to make your features and emotion the highlight of the photo. I will go over and discuss each photo with you during the headshot session in front of a large screen and make the selection on the go. By doing this, I will show you thing(s) you could do differently to produce better headshots. You will be able to see every photo taken during the headshot session and know exactly what headshot you will be getting before leaving the studio. The approved photos will be made available on Google drive. The images are usually posted shortly after you leave the studio. You will be responsible to pick the images you would like to be retouched and get back to us.

RETOUCHING

After you have selected the photos, you can place an order for retouching with us. Our rate is $30/image. Retouching is usually divided into two parts. After the initial retouching, photos will be made available for feedback from both you and your agents. Any feedback will be discussed. After that, changes will take place. In the end, the print-ready images will be released to the client through the Google drive link. For quality control purposes we prefer to have all our work handled by ourselves.

CLOTHING

Feel free to bring a range of different colours and necklines. We want you to bring the ones you really love and feel comfortable in. Don’t be seasonal, everything from t-shirts, tank tops to sweaters and jackets can work. Textures and layers will look great. Please try to keep the jewelry to a minimum. Studs or small earrings work as well as simple necklaces. Have some fun with this, if you feel your wardrobe is missing something then go shopping and we will keep the tags on it in case you would like to return the items afterward. We have a steamer in the studio for sorting out wrinkling.

HAIR AND MAKEUP

women’s makeup: Having your makeup professionally done is the icing on a good headshot cake! You are welcome to come makeup ready. We will start with a very clean simple look. Water-based foundations are recommended for its hydrating benefits that result in a healthier natural look. We would also be happy to recommend a few makeup artists we worked with in the past.

Women’s hair: We ask that everyone come in with her hair ready the way she would like to present herself. We want your hair to look the way you look on a fantastic hair day and can’t have you show up to the studio like you just rolled out of bed.

Men: We don’t recommend makeup on men. All our photos are retouched afterward, so any blemish will be taken out during that process.

Facial Hair: If you would like to shoot with facial hair we would be happy for you to come in with any level of growth you like. Once we have gotten the scruff covered, you can shave or trim it down for a different look. Please feel free to bring any grooming products you will need with you to get it done.

Group Rates/Business Portrait Sessions

Leave a great first impression on your prospective clients before they even meet you! You only have about 5 seconds to do so. In the digital age, it is critical for you and your team to look professional, trustworthy, confident and approachable with genuine smiles in the photo because people want to see your face first and, believe me, they will google you up before they decide to get in touch.

Imagine how many opportunities you could have missed out using a less than amazing photo of you. We offer groups of people that need a consistent look and feel to showcase their brand. We spend our time bringing our studio to our clients’ office and shooting over the course of the day there. - no more poorly lit “selfies” or random passport photo like “mug shots” with fake smiles for you and your team.

THE SESSION

Let’s face it, you might need only ONE great looking photo for your brand, but unless you are a professional model, who gets paid to look good in front of a camera, the chance of you nailing a great photo at your first try is very slim. This is why that ONE great looking photo is so hard to get. Our business portrait sessions is all about the process of starting somewhere and building it up to that “ONE great looking shot”. I am going to let you in on a secret, I have ways to communicate with you to bring out your best look no matter how stiff and nervous you might be at the beginning of the photo shoot. The session usually last for one to one and a half hours in length. There are a few options of background from white to black and everything in between. We will go over each photo captured during our session in front of a large screen and make selection as we go. On-site proofing and selecting will eliminate long and tedious back and forth after the photo shoot, so that you know exactly what you will be getting before you leave.

HAIR AND MAKEUP

Our session can include professional makeup application on location and in the studio. You are welcome to come makeup ready. We want everyone to come in the way they would like to present themselves to an interview.

SCHEDULING AND LOGISTICS

Let us work around your schedule and bring our studio to you! We would be happy to discuss the logistics and create a custom quote to fulfill your needs. The group rates are discounted based on the number of people being photographed.


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201 Weston Road, Unit 105

Toronto, ON M6N3P1

Email: studio@ziqi-zhang.com

Cell: (306) 880 0295


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