How do I work?
Looks, market goals, backgrounds, lighting, style, agent/manager request and wardrobe selections are figured out before the shoot and I stay open to spontaneous possibilities during the shoot.
I shoot with variety of lighting options to best capture the unique selling points of each look.
Images are reviewed and processed during the shoot to check the progress and make adjustments if needed.
I shoot headshots in studio with mainly flash and sometimes natural light, rarely shoot outside but if it can make the shot will do.
I prefer the control and versatility of flash lighting and light modifiers.
I believe in avoiding distracting backgrounds I use some even textures, solid complimentary colors or neutral tones in background.
My style ranges from common formula commercial to high end beauty and editorial portraiture.
My personality is artistic and passionate with a nonsense drive to cut through the negativity and capture something effective.
I am serious and give the energy needed to work through the details.
With each person we go over the specifics for each look wardrobe, hair/makeup, styling set target goals then let creative instincts take over.
Images are reviewed and post processed during the shoot to make any adjustments if needed and see the final results.
How do you sell yourself an an actor..
Sell your perceived character type based on physicality, voice, demeanor.
Believe in and sell you, what you have, dont hide what you have, there is a market for every human.
Study, consult, be.
Bring specific as well as simple items like t-shirts, camisoles, sweaters and layers, accessories, don't forget that jacket.
Wardrobe options are very important, avoid wrinkles and please bring on hangers. I have a steamer.
Recommend hair/makeup artist or know how to style yourself prep hair by experimenting with styles in advance.
Consult with reps on specific looks bring several options for each and bring items that you like for yourself.
Know what you are selling be specific including hair changes, dress the part.
If its period research the hair and wardrobe for that period.
If its a general editorial then just bring what you like.
Do what you want be an artist.
Getting your images:
As of December 15 2018
Free download of all hi res images with 3 month gallery.
Please download all images and make backups.
If you shot before December 15 2018
All headshots digital files are uploaded to reproductions.com .
There is a 4 number pin in the Reproductions proofs gallery link email.
This pin is to download all of the smaller size proofs.
You can separately download all of the full size headshots from the entire shoot from reproductions for $10.
To download all full size images from googledrive:
Top of page click on “download all”
To download all full size headshots from Reproductions :
Go to proofs gallery from Reproductions email.
1. Click on any image.
2. Click on Buy Photo. NOTE... This does not mean you are buying only one photo, this brings you to the next menu.
3. Scroll down till you see Digital, "All Photos Download (High Resolution)" click on the "+" to add one to cart.
4. Click on View Cart.
5. Click on Checkout.
All images are only delivered electronically through the internet.
If I give you the files myself in any tangible physical form including copying from my computer to your flash drive I would need to collect state tax on the entire cost of the shoot.
Electronic transfer of digital photographs delivered through the internet is non taxable in California the shoot is then a non taxable service not a retail transaction.
Hair / Makeup:
You may bring any makeup person you wish or I have a list of referrals.
Makeup is booked separately with the makeup/hair artist, i do not book makeup for you.
All images are owned by James DePietro Photography
Images may be used only for casting, self promotion, personal websites and social media.
Use of images by third party publications, films, videos, music labels, products, advertisements, or any third party requires signed release agreement.
Where is studio located: North Hollywood Arts District.
Is there parking: Yes free guest parking in covered garage.
Where are you from: Live in Burbank Grew up in Boston.
How long to get pics: usually 1-2 days googledrive link.
How long is shoot: typically 3 hours men, 4 hours women for 3-4 looks.
Do you need "RAW" files: No, a raw file is unreadable without a raw editor its an unfinished, unedited data file that needs to be processed to jpg.
Do you offer any retouching: All headshots are post processed from raw to jpg, color corrected, adjusted exposure and contrast, some processing is done on each look while shooting so you can see the end result.
I rarely do any retouching as in remove acne, fly away hairs or wrinkles in clothes. Need for any retouching is minimal with the various lighting options and attention to detail.
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