FAQ

HOW DO I GET TO THE STUDIO?

My studio is in Stoke Newington, north London, N16 zone 2
Closest Tube stations are Finsbury Park and Manor House

From Finsbury Park station, take 106 bus from Station Place. Get off after 5 stops at Queen Elizabeth's Walk approx. 5mins

From Manor House, exit station via exit 3. Walk south along Green Lanes for 10mins. Turn left into Lordship Park and walk

for a further 4mins until you reach junction with Queen Elizabeth's walk

I HATE HAVING MY PHOTOS TAKEN. ANYTHING YOU CAN DO?

Yes, don't worry!  I hear this a lot I must say. In front of my camera you will need to look as natural as possible which is uncomfortable to do in front of a stranger. As an actor you are used to attending auditions with rehearsed lines and a character to portray.  I will therefore get you to treat your session as an audition with me as a director.  You are used to re-enacting characters and emotions so I will get you to portray them for me.  This will help you as you won't have any time to worry about how you look and instead will be focused.  This technique has worked for me in a vast majority of cases but I do realise that this may not work for you so I am flexible in finding a way that works for you - such as being more spontaneous. In either case, I won't simply take hundreds of shots without direction. I will always direct you for every single shot I take. No monastic silence my end!

 

If you are not an actor then don't worry.  Similar sort of principles work just as well. The main thing is that you need to entrust me with capturing the shots that you want and we will work together collaboratively to achieve it

 

Don't take my word for it though. Read what some people have said about my services in the testimonials above

HOW DO I BOOK A SESSION?

The best way is to email me at remy@remyhunterphotography.co.uk with your available dates. I can also be reached on 07766 760724

IS PARKING AVAILABLE?

Yes, metered parking is available on Queen Elizabeth's Walk near to Clissold Park, a short distance from my studio. You can stay a maximum of 2 hours but you can move your car to another metered bay during your session and plenty are available. The current charge is £3.20 per hour

WHAT TOPS SHOULD I BRING?

Regardless of session length, I would always advise you bringing 6 or 7 tops

 

DO BRING:

 

  • 2 or 3 of black tops (black comes out best in headshots regardless of skin colour)
  • Darker tops other than black
  • Lighter tops (not white or pastel colours though)
  • Round neck and v neck t-shirts
  • Darker coloured shirt
  • Shirt, tie and jacket if you'd like a corporate look
  • Casual jacket to put over a t-shirt or shirt

 

DON'T BRING

 

  • White tops. White rarely looks good in headshots though it's ok to bring a white top if  you have a jacket to go on top of it
  • Tops with patterns as these will distract
  • Tops with logos if possible although they can be retouched out
  • Polo neck tops as these can make you look like you have no neck

 

 

DO I HAVE TO PAY A DEPOSIT?

Yes, a £50 deposit is payable to secure your session. This protects me against no-shows or last minute cancellations.

Once a deposit has been paid I will email you to confirm your session and give the full address of my studio along with details of what tops to bring as well as makeup if applicable

Confirmed sessions can be rescheduled up to 48 hours in advance. If you cancel your session at the last minute or do not turn up then you will lose your deposit.

 

WHAT PAYMENT METHODS DO YOU ACCEPT?

A £50 deposit must be paid before your session to secure it. This can be done through Paypal on the 'Rates' link above. You do not need a Paypal account to pay and you can pay using your credit or debit card.  The balance must be paid at the end of your session and you can pay by cash, credit or debit card using Paypal or by an online bank transfer

 

You also have the option of paying for your session in full and in advance on the 'Rates' page.

WHAT DO YOU ADVISE ABOUT MAKEUP?

You will need to look as natural as possible in your headshots so I would advise you to wear makeup that represents how you look from day-to-day.  I consider that a makeup artist isn't necessary for an actor's headshot session as, normally, you do not have access to one from day-to-day so why should your session be any different?  Just make sure you are happy with your makeup and that it is natural. I can always tell you how it looks through the lens and if I think it needs touching up

WHAT'S YOUR ADVICE ABOUT HAIR?

Similar to makeup.  Make sure it's as natural as possible. A few casting directors have told me that they do not like to see someone who hasn't got a hair out of place.  They are used to seeing people at auditions who may have rushed across London on public transport and whose hair isn't perfect.  Just make sure you are happy with it. I will of course tell you if something isn't quite right and if your hair needs tweaking or a stray hair tucked away out of sight.  Rest assured though that I can easily retouch stray hairs out of a photo

WILL I GET ALL THE UNEDITED IMAGES AFTER THE SESSION?

No. by giving out unedited images then there would be nothing to stop people from using them. By only giving you your chosen images which I have retouched and enhanced this ensures that your images represent both you and my work in the best possible light

HOW WILL I SEE THE IMAGES AT THE END OF THE SESSION?

I will email you a link to a password protected online gallery of all your images which you (and your agent if you have one) can see. I will aim to email you the link on the same day as your session but due to time contraints this may have to be the next day. Please note that I will only email you the link once your session has been paid in full

CAN I SHAVE MID-WAY THROUGH THE SESSION?

Yes, of course. You are very welcome to bring your shaving equipment and shave mid-way through

TYPICAL! I USUALLY NEVER HAVE SPOTS BUT ON THE DAY OF MY SESSION I HAVE ONE. CAN YOU REMOVE IT?

Yes, absolutely, with ease.  I can also remove stray hairs, small areas of dry skin and rashes and shaving cuts with Photoshop

DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH AT THE WEEKENDS?

Yes, I do and for no extra charge

CAN I ORDER MORE RETOUCHED IMAGES?

Yes, you can order extra retouched images at a cost of £20 each. You can order extra images at any time after the session.  Extra images can be paid for by Paypal or via an online bank transfer

WHAT ABOUT THE FINAL RETOUCHED IMAGES?

Once I know which chosen images to work on I will aim to get the ready for you in 2 or 3 days, depending on my schedule.  I will always keep you up to date on when you can expect your chosen images. Once ready I will email you 3 file sizes of each image in colour and black & white:

 

  • 10x8 for printing
  • Spotlight for uploading to your online Spotlight profile
  • Mandy.com for uploading to your online profile

 

I can also send you an additional specific size free of charge, if requested, for your agent's website for example

 

AM I ABLE TO SHOW YOU SAMPLE IMAGES OF THE KIND OF HEADSHOTS I'M AFTER?

Yes, by all means. It would be helpful to see what you have in mind for your headshots. Please email me

at remy@remyhunterphotography.co.uk to send me examples