Headshot FAQ's

Everyone has questions about their session and this is the place to get your answers. We try to anticipate any issues that might come up but we might have missed something. If you don’t see the answer to your question here, feel free to call or text 407-617-1231 or email info@hughesfioretti.com.

The majority of our sessions take place in our studio located near College Park in Orlando. If your needs require something specific, we are available to go on location for a small fee. In some cases, we can also add backgrounds digitally, giving you plenty of options.

You should bring plenty of options to the shoot, we will go over it before hand but here are some pointers for you:

Always bring clothes that match your style and personality.

Avoid bringing only black clothes or only white clothes (yes it happens), not only can they lose detail in photos, but it can limit the variety of images in your portfolio. Concentrate on bringing solid colors that complement your natural color so that your face, not your shirt, will stand out in the images. 

Stay away from clothes with busy patterns. Solid colors are best. 

Make sure any clothes that you bring are clean and neatly pressed. This goes double for collared shirts and suits. The camera picks up a lot more detail than you think. Standard retouching does not include fixing the wrinkles in your clothes.

Blue Jeans always look great on camera, unless they are dingy and torn. For headshots your lower half won’t make it in to most of the pictures, but don’t neglect to pick out some good pants for the shoot. Keep in mind what look you are going for and bring clean, simple, and timeless choices.

Make sure to dress comfortable but classy, v-neck and u-neck sweaters and shirts are great. For women tank-tops are always good, stay away from clothes that are too tight or uncomfortable.

Collared button down shirts are great, a solid color for the men and a stylish solid color for women. All shirts need to be clean and pressed. You can always add a quick extra look to your shoot by bringing a couple of jackets or a tie

Be rested and drink plenty of water the day before your shoot, it is amazing for your skin.

Don’t concentrate on jewelry or accessories too much. Keep your choices to classic pieces so that match a variety of outfits. For commercial acting headshots, jewelry isn’t necessary. 

Hair and makeup is not included in the session fee. Most of the time men can get by without using professional hair and makeup, but we recommend a powder or foundation to help even out skin tones and to keep the face from looking shiny. You can pick up a powder in your color at any department store, we recommend the MAC counter or a beauty supply store where you can get professional help picking the right color.

For women we always recommend professional makeup. A professional makeup artist knows how to make you look your best for the camera.

You can bring your own makeup artist to the shoot, or we can provide you with a list of local HMUA’s that we work with all the time and love!

Our studio is open for you to have your hair and makeup done before your session, just make sure to let us know when you schedule your appointment.

For most headshot sessions our turnaround time is three business days to get your gallery of images. Once you make your retouching selections it is typically another two to three business days before your final, edited images are delivered to you. If you have a deadline and need something even faster, be sure to let us know when you book.

Straight out of the camera your images will be pretty much ready to go. We use the right lighting and posing techniques to make you look your best. Before we deliver the images to you we sort through and ditch any of the blinky or blurry ones, color-correct and crop them.

You can order images to be digitally retouched as an add on to your session. Each image you order is then given the highest level of attention to reduce and remove wrinkles and blemishes as well as stray hairs and dark circles. The key is to enhance the image without making you look fake.

For more on our retouching process you can read this post on our blog.

Getting a facial several days to a week before the shoot can ensure that your skin will look its best. It is important for you to look natural, and too much retouching can make you look fake.

As an actor, the type of shots you need is going to be determined by a few factors including your market (where you live and work), your type (what you look and act like), what you want to audition for and more. Here are a couple of things to consider.

  • You should always consult your agent on what you need. They have experience in the industry and more importantly, they know what you need to book more jobs.

  • If you don’t have an agent yet then by default you want to get a clean, simple, commercial headshot. Basically a smiling, looking-at-the-camera head and shoulders image with minimal retouching to show potential agents and casting directors what you look like.

  • Remember that the majority of casting for film and television, at least in the early stages, is done online. Casting directors look at an array of small thumbnails to determine the initial round of auditions so it’s important that your headshot is impactful and close up. A small thumbnail of your whole body from head to toe will make your face a lot less visivble at that size.

  • Don’t worry too much about specific character shots unless directed by your agent. Your two basic looks will be commercial (upbeat and happy) and theatrical (more dramatic).