Your headshot is a useful component in how you present yourself and your values to the world. That is why at Tommyphoto, we focus on these values in creating your headshot. All your details, from clothing to makeup to the expression you want to convey are considered in creating the headshot that is right for you. Our job is making you look great, and in the style you prefer. What follows are some common questions you may ask about your photo session.


Do you work, or want to work, in film, television, or theater? Do you work for a company that has asked you to submit your picture for a website or annual report? Have you thought about using a good photo to promote yourself in your profession? Whatever your photo needs, the main thing to consider is what you want to project to the world.


Before we start making images, we will talk about how your headshots will help you achieve your career goals and your brand. Then we can go over your clothing choices and we can work out the most flattering look for you. (All clients must bring their own clothes.) From there, our hair and makeup artist will discuss your likes and dislikes in makeup and hairstyles and will start preparing you for the camera.

All my sessions are a team effort, collaboration among you, the stylist and me. We will take some test shots for preview and make any necessary adjustments immediately so that you feel your best in the photos.

My studio features natural light outside with weather permit. As in studio I use cinema light for  easy on the eyes, not like a flashbulb that cause blinking problem. The goal is to illuminate your eyes and the contours of your face.

For each look (clothes change) I capture a wide range of poses and expressions, so that you are able to use multiple shots for different marketing purposes. After we shoot each look, which may include several dozen shots, we will go over the shots together. By shooting and editing, we will work together to cover anything that we may have missed so you’ll know exactly what you’ve got when you leave the studio.

I will coach and guide you throughout the entire time, helping you to get the most out of your photo session.


Generally, solid colors work better than complicated patterns. Remember, your eyes should be focus of your headshot, not your clothes. Combine dark and light colors, and remember to avoid colors that closely match your skin tone so that your clothing contrasts with your complexion. Women should bring a variety of necklines with matching bras. Don’t wear anything too bulky, as that can be a distraction in the photo. Men should bring a layered look, like a suit with a good shirt and tie, for professional-looking headshots. For more informal headshots, baggy clothes do not photograph well, so if you wear a tee-shirt, make sure it is form-fitting and flatters you.

Feel free to bring in your old headshots or photos of other people as examples of what you like.

Women, please arrive wearing no makeup and your hair as close as possible to the way you want it to look for your headshots. Our stylist will do your makeup and manage your hair.

There is no need to arrive early, because we allow time for us to consult, for you to get your makeup done, and for us to take the photos in the time allotted.

For clients under 17 years of age, we require accompany by a parent or guardian at all time.


Any retouched images will be delivered electronically. I will grant you a print release for the use with any media. More about retouching technique that I use here.

Retouching means that we keep you looking at your best, but not airbrushed. We tend to remove facial lines and blemishes, delete stray hairs, reduce eye veins or redness, and whiten teeth. More complex retouching work is subject to additional charges.


For actors headshots within 2 – 3 days after the session, I will upload the proofs usually about 75 – 100 shots onto a dropbox folder for you to preview and you have 30 days to select your final shots for retouch.

For business headshots we select the final shot(s) before you leave the studio, I will upload the selected photo and deliver it within 24 to 48 hours. For same day service there is a small rush fee.


Please schedule as far in advance as possible by calling 818-579-4668 or tommy at tommyphoto.net.

I recommend that we have a phone consultation before your appointment, to go over any questions you may have and to ensure that you feel comfortable with your shoot.

If for any reason you need to change your appointment, I require a 48-hour notice. Otherwise, the deposit can be forfeited. However, if we are able to fill your slot with another client, then we can credit your deposit toward a rescheduled session.