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If you choose to book a shoot with me after viewing my on-line portfolio instead of viewing the portfolio at my studio, your cost for the shoot will be $650 instead of $850. A $200.00 Savings!!!

(See discount price breakdown at the bottom of this page)

Bookings by Telephone Only!

To Receive This Offer Call 212-243-0652

 

Please read the following tips completely!

Your 2 hour shoot includes:

  • 300+ DIGITAL IMAGES!
  • USB external hard drive stick of web-ready images which are perfect for emails and website usage. (A USB external hard drive stick of print-ready images is available for $75.)
  • A $50 REBATE for each and every person you refer to me who eventually shoots with me!
  • The rebate is great!! I shot a person from Julliard one month, and the next month he sent me all his classmates – so he made $50 for each and every person…YOWZA!!

We don’t use flash here! After modeling with Ford for 12 years, I’ve learned it’s just too darned hard to time your “look” to the flash and stay natural. With flash, your eyes become hesitant, posed, tired, dead, stilted and Stepford wifey – exactly the opposite of what you want in a headshot! Your eyes will attract a lot more attention from agents and casting directors, when they are doing something, when they are communicating – when they are alive, approachable, spontaneous and full of light! The easiest way for us to achieve that is to shoot with natural light! (It’s also not necessary to spend extra money on a makeup artist whose main job is to combat that “jarring flash”!)

 

Collaboration

You and I will spend about the first 1/2 hour talking about how you’d like the shoot to go (ie., defining a “commercial” and “legit” shot, deciding which clothes work best for you…) So if you learn something new by the day of the shoot, we’ll always have time to discuss it. We’ll also meet Mr. Hair Mirror and Mrs. Face Mirror to address your concerns. Oh, what a joy!

 

Approach

Nobody comes in here saying “I just can’t wait to get my headshots done!” So here are a few things that will make things go easier, and we actually do have fun!

Bring music! I’ve got a 5 C.D. shuffler just to get that “juke box effect”. If you forget, I have quite a variety for you to choose from. You can bring your IPod too!

You’re in my comfortable, warm, living room, looking through six huge 9 ft. windows @ the Hudson River, instead of a cold steely studio.

Also, from being on both sides of the camera, I’ve learned that the best sessions don’t have to take too long! Again, since we’re not using flash (where by definition shoots can take in excess of 3 hours, or even a grueling full day), 2 hours is all we need! If any more than 2 hours is spent, your eyes get tired, pooped out and will lack pizazz!

I have an assistant ! She’s wacky and fun to be around, and helps me out a bunch!

And it’s good if you’re nervous – we can use it!

One of the reasons I’m working so hard is because all my business comes from recommendations by agents, casting directors, managers… and clients like you! (Thank You!) What’s good about that is it’s proof that my work is working out there, and that I get direct-up-to-date feedback on what works best! Three of the most V.I.P. things that they like in my shots are : 1) You look like yourself! An obvious, but a usually overlooked point. 2) There’s life, movement and a kind of 3-dimensionality in your shots, almost as if they were taken from an actual movie, and 3) Your EYES, EYES, EYES! They’re full of warmth, aliveness and light! You then become expressive, communicative and approachable! That is exactly what you want in a headshot!! You’ll see more of how we get that in my video extraordinaire.

 

Clothes

To insure that your eyes stay the most important part of your picture, clothes should direct the attention to your face. Solid colored things work best! Bright white doesn’t, black does! Textures are wonderful – sweaters, jackets, V-necks etc. Bring stuff you normally wear – 4 or 5 items. Once you get here, we’ll lay them out, go over them together and choose 3-4 looks. If you have a doubt about it, bring it! It’s much easier for me to decide once it’s in front of me. White stuff is fine underneath jackets or shirts. Showing arms as in sleeveless or short sleeved shirts is a bit too busy! Remember keep it simple!

 

“What if it’s not sunny?”

I was on the waiting list for this apartment for 3 years just so I could answer this question with confidence! Since I have so much ambient light from the sky and from the water coming through these big windows, we always have GREAT light! — YIPPEE!!!

 

Hair and Makeup

The rule of thumb here is whatever you see in the mirror is exactly what you’re going to get! Men & Women: come to the shoot with hair and makeup already done, as if you’re going to a barbeque and there’s someone there you want to impress, or to a “casual” commercial call – natural! Bring makeup and hair stuff and we can add to it as we go along as needed. Men: wear no makeup. We’ll put stuff on you here if you need it.

 

Retouching

Because of the way I shoot, most people choose not to retouch. However, it is totally up to you! You can do in all online thru your webpage, or sit down with some folks I can recommend and do it one on one. However, the way I shoot is is very forgiving and hence, more economical should you choose not to retouch!

 

Deposits

To schedule a shoot time, you’ll need to deposit $200 (plus tax, that’s $17.25 making the total deposit amount $217.25). The check should be made out to JENNIFER DAUK. If you have to postpone, you must call me at (212) 243-0652 by 8:00 a.m. 2 business days before your shoot date! (Saturday and Sunday ain’t business days.) For example, if your shoot is scheduled on Wednesday, call me on Monday by 8:00 a.m. to cancel or else, ouch, you lose your deposit. Sorry, no exceptions!

Film sessions are still available upon request. Call for details.

* Reshoots are $200, barring haircuts, or going in a totally different direction than what was discussed at the initial shoot.
* Tax is $17.25 on the first installment payment of $200, therefore please make the first check out to Jennifer Dauk for $217.25. Total tax paid for the $650 shoot is $56.06.
* No Refunds
*Although I am happy to give you recommendations, you are responsible for your choice of makeup artists. The makeup is to be applied outside of the studio (i.e. @ the makeup artists studio, your apartment…)

This is a good headshot guide. In other words, if you see other photographers, make sure they answer every question I’ve answered for you here.

By scheduling a headshot session, you are agreeing to all the terms of this info page.