Aquisha - Head Shot Session | Leighton DaCosta, Charleston Head Shot Photographer

If you are a model or an actor, then you already know that probably, the most important image that you have in your portfolio is your head shot. Let me correct myself, your most CURRENT head shot.

Unedited: Model, Aquisha G. from Fayetteville, NC

Unedited: Model, Aquisha G. from Fayetteville, NC

Today, with online profiles for business and professional pages, the head shot is not just a tool for entertainers, but used by Realtors, Doctors, Lawyers, and even your local bistro Chef. A warm and inviting smile, can make new patrons feel comfortable about your services. Or maybe a stern steely gaze of a fighter, can be a civil attorney's signal to a potential client, that she is the person for the job. Whatever the reason you have for a new head shot, keep in mind, there is no "One Size Fits All" type of head shot, nor a "One Size Fits All" type of client. 

Earlier I corrected myself by emphasizing that the head shot should be current. According to the actor's advice site, 'Headshots 101' head shots should be updated frequently to keep up with growth, major changes (i.e. weight gain/loss, major hair style or color changes, etc), and industry head shot trends. Trends can be timely, like black and white vs. color, or regional such as environmental vs studio backdrop, or a mix of both, such as landscape oriented head shots which display better on computer screens and websites.

Unedited: Model Aquisha G. feb2016

Unedited: Model Aquisha G. feb2016

Some of you, may remember a session that I did with Aquisha a year ago, photographing a more formal image. We had a very successful session which resulted in some great images. I was honored when she wanted to book a last-minute session this weekend and was willing to drive all the way from Fayetteville to do so. Talk about someone dedicated to her craft!

Aquisha arrived to my Charleston home studio at a little past seven in the evening. I know that she had driven a long way, and before we got to shooting, I wanted to make sure she was ready to work. So, of course, we went across the street to a local pizzeria to get a quick bite to eat. Once she was comfortable, we began to set up for the session.

What a great photo session it was. My average head shot session, I usually allow for up to 50 frames for the entire session, from which the client usually can choose their favorite 5 images to be retouched and edited (you are always more than welcome to choose more than that at an à la carte rate per image). While the average head shot session is scheduled for an hour, Aquisha and I were able to knock out under 40 frames in less than 30 minutes. (You can take a look at our unedited session HERE).

Unedited: Model, Aquisha G. holds up a color checker for establishing a color reference.

Unedited: Model, Aquisha G. holds up a color checker for establishing a color reference.

Once again, thank you Aquisha for trusting me with your image and making the trip. Until next time.



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Leighton DaCosta

LeightonD, LLC, PO Box 80065, Charleston, SC 29416, USA

Hello, I'm Leighton and I help people around the world tell their story. Let me introduce myself. Whether it's for online dating, or a professional profile, it always seems that the "About Me" section is always the hardest to write. Not because you have nothing to say about yourself, but because you want to be sincere, genuine, interesting, and brief all at the same time. I have never been a fan of writing about me in the third person, like: "Leighton DaCosta, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to Brooklyn, NY at an early age when his parents wanted to form a new life for themselves and their children. In the third grade, the family moved to Orlando, Fl, where Leighton considers his home town. After spending 3 tours in the Navy, he settled in Jacksonville, and now Miramar, Florida, where he now calls home. Today, still wanted by many, he does work as a fashion and wedding photographer. If you have a wedding(or photo shoot)... if no one else can help... and if you can find him... maybe you can hire... ok.. this is not The A- Team." But you see what I mean? What do you know about me? How can we connect? Did you know that my FAVORITE food is Pizza and Sushi? Or that my favorite color is Purple? When I go to the wine bars, I usually order Mimosas, because even the cheapest champagne tastes great with some good ole OJ. When I travel, I like staying in nice hotels. Not because of the name, (even though I AM partial to Hyatt) but because of the bathrooms. One of my favorite hotels is the Viking in Newport, Rhode Island. Small rooms, but AWESOME bathrooms. I LOVE TO EAT, and eating as much as I have, has led me to be about 100 pounds more than I was in High School... Yeah there is some muscle there, but if it was all muscle, I'm sorry folks, I wouldn't be taking photos, I would be retiring from the NFL. If you want to see some of my favorite dishes, follow me on Instagram. Because of that, I find myself now in the gym more than ever. Trying to stay fit and alive... I workout, so I can EAT! Well that's enough for now, if you want to know more about me, follow my blog. Better yet, I want to find out more about YOU. So let's talk!