WHY MEDIA KITS
Unlike traditional headshots, the Media Kit + Headshot packages include a traditional headshot PLUS editorial images for your social media, your website, your agency site, and other outlets (Backstage, One on One, Actors Green Room, etc...). These extra images help shape your image and show people more of your personality, your diversity, your range, and more.
Headshot packages from traditional headshot-photographers range from $99 - $1200 but only include a basic headshot and do nothing more to help define show your look. The bonus of extra images give you the opportunity to shape your public image. ...Plus, if you're going to buy headshots anyway, it's always more fun and better to get cool images for yourself!
& MEDIA KIT RATES* **
$500 / 2 Looks
$650 / 3 Looks
$750 / 4 Looks
These rates are for friends & referral, available for a limited time only. Rates include:
• 1 Retouched Headshot from each look (Color and/or B&W)
• 3+ retouched "editorial" images from each look
• Editorial images will be shot in the same style/quality I shoot for editorials
• All final retouched images delivered online in HiRez for print, as well as Low Rez for social media
50% due to reserve a shoot date to confirm rates, remainder is due on the day of shooting. You can pay in Cash, Check, or Credit Card***. Click here to email Michael and set up an appointment!
* Hair, makeup and styling not included but are available.
*** $15 convenience fee added to credit/debit card orders.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
MEET: I usually request we meet up for a few minutes a few days or weeks before our shoot (depending on our schedules). This lets me see you in person, and let's you meet me before the shoot. Once we meet, we usually decide on an overall direction, go over wardrobe, select a date, and I collect a 50% deposit.
SHOOT DAY: You arrive. We play, we laugh, we shoot. Shoots can last 2-4 hours. Sometimes less and sometimes more depending on what we're shooting. I don't rush and will spend as long as we need to get your shots. During the shoot I will check the images on the computer to get an idea of the overall direction. This also helps us balance out the images and help you define your look a bit more. It also lets you see how I retouch. You start to see your editorial and headshots right away! (Oh... and you'll make your final payment this day as well!)
A COUPLE DAYS AFTER you will receive a contact sheet of the headshots. Take as long as you want to go through them. Once you select an image, I'll begin retouching within the next few days and send all the final images in high-resolution.
WHAT DO I GET?
Many things. For starters, you get one fully retouched headshot from each look you purchase. You also get 4-5 editorial images from each look you purchase. That is a LOT of images!!! And the range is major. You'll also get an online composite card (like the ones you see above).
DO I GET COLOR OR B&W?
Both! It's 2014... you should have both.
DO I GET TO PICK THE IMAGES?
The headshots: Yes.
The editorial images: yes and no. Because the way I work, I shoot a lot of content here and work from there.
I select images and retouch them at the same level and quality I do for editorials, and I approach it with the same respect and attitude as I do with commercial, celebrity, and editorial clients. Because this process is specific to my style and my work, I tend to go through the images myself. I know what sort of images work and what doesn't. I know what I can get out of an image. But I also know you may not like 1 or 2 of those extra images I send. I suggest you only use the ones you like and throw out the extras... but that still leaves you with 8-20 images you can use!!! This is MUCH more than you'd get with traditional headshot photographers!!!
WILL THE IMAGES BE IN COLOR OR B&W?
You'll get a range. Some of the images will be color and some will be B&W. You can choose to make your final headshot in color or B&W. The goal is to get images that show you as you are, by creating authentic and great images.
WHAT'S YOUR THEORY ON ALL THIS?
Well, my theory is that headshots are really limiting if left on their own in a world of social media. It's pretty simple. Casting directors want to see you, what you look like. They're looking for your personality. I have shot thousands of people for various purposes and I've NEVER summed up a person in one shot. Anyone that says they can do that is lying. But, with extra images, we can shape things and get a much clearer perspective on your personality.
WHO WE ARE
Michael Donovan is a fashion, editorial and portrait photographer who shoots for clients from the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America. He has always had his camera but got more in to photography while he was working and studying comedy at Second City in Chicago. Clients include Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Playboy, Elle, Maxim, The Gap, and more.
Alex Gjerpen is a Norwegian American actor and writer. She studied photography in Denmark and graduated from William Esper Studio for acting.
We are based in the East Village.
Want to know where to print, make a site, and get your name/face out there? There are more resources here!!!