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Headshots - Actors | Actresses

Deb has been a successfully working Actor, Director, and Choreographer for over 25 years. She knows exactly what Directors and Casting Directors are looking for in a headshot. Your headshot is the best tool to show them what you've got! Generally,your headshot has less than 5 seconds to get the attention of the people that will cast you. You need your headshot to capture the essence of you; your confidence, attitude, and personality. All selected final prints will be touched up (e.g. hair, blemishes, lint, etc.) by our team of certified Photoshop artists when needed.

Portraits - Familes

Let's face the hardest thing about doing a family portrait is getting everyone together at the same time and at the same place. At FotosByFailla, we are completely portable and can afford you the luxury of having your family portraits done in you own home, with professional lighing, backdrops, or in your yard or a local park. We will discuss with you during a pre-portrait consultation, on the phone, how to best prepare your family to get the best possible pictures.

Portraits - Children

As a mother of a toddler, Deb completely understands how a child can change at each stage of his or her life. And wouldn't it be wonderful to capture those times? FotosbyFailla will portray your child's personality and will create a moment-in-time memory for them.

Portrait - Executive

Corporate publications, sales collateral, websites, press releases, and authored papers all require publicity portraits. Hands down, the most common request for any promotional material is a corporate headshot and or a shoulder pose of a manager or C-leader. Back in the day, there was a strong need for classic black and white photography, but recently we've noticed a trend of 4 color portraits. We can certainly accomodate either request. If you want to make a lasting impression with an image that conveys friendliness, warmth, and professionalism, contact us and we will be able to assist you.

Some General Information about Actor Headshots:

  • Actors: think about characters you might portray:
  • The good guy/girl
  • The popular guy/girl
  • The guy/girl next door
  • The bad guy/girl
  • The professional guy/girl
  • do you think you can portray a character older than yourself? or younger?
  • Where is this character from? What is his/her disposition? What is his/her financial background (blue collar/white collar/middle)? These questions will help you decide what kind of wardrobe to bring.
  • If you are a character actor you should think of the type of character that you are looking to portray. Sinister characters should wear dark long sleeved shirts, leather jackets, dark suit with a dark shirt, etc... Casual characters wear middle tones. No costumes! The wardrobe should help the mood not create the character... you do that with your features & expression
  • What to wear:
  • Wear clothes that are comfortable and that make you look great
  • Don't overdress
  • Avoid logos or branding
  • A simple black shirt/blouse/dress is often a good option
  • Avoid white shirts unless you plan to wear it underneath something
  • Darker clothes attract less attention and put the attention on your face and eyes
  • Solid colors are great
  • Avoid busy patterns and large lines or stripes
  • No glitter
  • Blue/green/turquoise clothing can help emphasize blue/green/hazel eyes
  • Avoid red as a dominant color
  • A suit or jacket are great for men wanting a more professional look
  • Clothes should be neatly pressed and should look new or like new
  • For multiple looks, bring a variety of clothing that emphasizes different roles/characters (professional, blue-collar worker, intellectual, sexy, etc...)
  • Pay attention to details. Layers, ties, belts etc
  • Different necklines will change the apparent shape of your face. Bring a variety different shirts/blouses to see what works best
  • Turtlenecks are almost always a bad idea (since they crowd the face)
  • Don't worry about shoes too much unless you specifically want a full-length look
  • Don't only bring 3-4 same-style shirts in different colors. Bring a variety of styles
  • Bring a few extra outfits so we can choose what looks best on you at the shoot
  • REMEMBER: Select and wear clothes that make you feel comfortable. Select something that makes you look good.
  • Jewelry:
  • Keep jewelry extremely simple - small is better
  • Avoid jewelry that would distract from your face or that looks dated
  • The picture is about your face not your jewelry
  • Be prepared to remove facial piercings or multiple ear piercings
  • What to bring:
  • Your previous headshots (so we can improve)
  • Favorite Music (CD or iPod/MP3 player)
  • Various changes of clothing (see above)
  • Good attitude
  • Lip balm
  • Hair brush/comb
  • Makeup and hair products you prefer (especially if you have allergies)
  • Arrive with:
  • Hair styled and makeup already applied (if not using makeup artist)
  • Nails manicured
  • Already dressed in first outfit
  • Hair and Makeup Tips:
  • Make-up should be clean and natural. -  Since your final headshots choices will be retouched, there’s no need to use makeup to cover blemishes.  With Photoshop, removing blemishes is very easy and very effective.  So don’t overdue it if you’re just trying to cover your pimples.
  • Wear a heavy layer of translucent powder - your face will appear flawless in photos. Shine disappears, pores seem smaller, skin looks even, and blush is smoother.
  • Men may need base, concealer, and powder for the shoot. It is best to obtain your own so it is specially matched to your skin tone.
  • Men - Shave right before appointment. Unless you want to go for a scruff look or you want to have a full or partial facial hair in one of your “looks” in which case you should bring your own razor and shaving cream to shave part of the way through the session. If you sport a beard you should come with it and be prepared to shave to show both looks. No ear rings for men unless it is for a character shot. No unibrows unless you are a character actor.
  • Line lips before applying matte lipstick, then reline. Don't overdo it. Dip a cotton bud in powder and run along lip line to prevent color from bleeding.
  • Avoid shimmers or products with lots of sparkle or shine.
  • Avoid frosts or garish colors.
  • Don't get a new hair cut just before the shoot (you may want to let it grow-in a bit or get used to styling a new cut).
  • Do not try/use any new product on your hair, face or body the day before or few days before your shoot.
  • Avoid over-styling (soap opera hair looks too staged) or the latest fad such as pinning tresses with lots of tiny barrettes.
  • If you are under 16-years old the only makeup you need is lip balm or lip gloss.?