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HOW DO I GET TO THE STUDIO?

We are based in Southeast London, Zone 2, Peckham.
Closest tube stations are Queens Road Peckham, Elephant & Castle, London Bridge and New Cross Gate.
From Elephant & Castle take bus 53, 453 or 172 and get off at Commercial Way (15 min)
From Queens Road Peckham walk up the Asylum Road (10min)
From London Bridge take bus 21 and get off at Commercial Way (15 min)
From New Cross Gate take bus 53, 453, 172 or 21 and get off at Commercial Way (5 min).

Google sometimes likes to take you next door (to Caroline Gardens) but the studio is an old perfume factory with big windows just opposite Toys R Us. You can access it via a grey gate between two houses. Buzz F when you get here.
If you have trouble finding the place feel free to give me a call on 07830163927.

CAN I ARRIVE EARLY FOR MY SESSION?

It’s absolutely fine to arrive 10 minutes early, I will be able to let you in, but if you come much earlier I might be finishing another session or still be having breakfast. I don’t have a waiting area so I might ask you to wait in the cafe around the corner.

HOW DO I VIEW MY IMAGES?

I will send you a link to your online gallery straight after the shoot or the next day latest.

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

If cancelling or rescheduling your photo shoot is necessary please notify us at least 48 hours prior to your shoot date. If you cancel or reschedule less than 48 hours before the session time, or do not appear for the session, we will not refund your deposit. Thank you for your understanding.

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE?

Try to avoid alcohol for a week and drink lots of water. Get some good night sleeps.

Clothing:
Rules are made to be broken. By no means are these strict conditions, they are general observations of what works that I have discovered over the years. Feel free to swim against the tide with a few unique option that you feel work for you and we will give it a go. THE DON’TS NO LOGOS with the exception of tiny logos that can easily be photoshopped out AVOID HEAVY PATTERNS Checked shirts and snazzy patterns are very distracting. However, texture in the fabric (as long as the tones are relatively similar) can work wonders. AVOID STRAPPY TOPS With the exception of dancers (mid length shot). 10×8 headshots crop just above the chest traditionally and what you end up with are two bars wrapping around the shoulders, which feels a little cheap. BE CAREFUL WITH HIGH COLLAR SHIRTS With shirts make sure there is space around the neckline below the chin. If a shirt’s collar rises too high you will look like you have no neck FLUORESCENT CLOTHING That bright fluorescent party top that looks lovely on you, leave it at home OLD OR WORN OUT ITEMS By no means am I endorsed by Primark but we have no excuse not to bring clean fresh clothing especially since for £2.50 you can pick up the perfect V-neck or round neck deep tone top Old or faded, out of shape or bobbly jumpers however sentimental do look cheap and worn. THE DOS SOLID COLOURS Simple solid t-shirts, shirts, dresses and tops work best. FITTED ITEMS Simply clothes that fit you well. DARK LAYERS Dark jackets, blazers, cardigans work brilliantly at breaking up the lower part of the frame and can add complimentary shapes at the bottom of the image that can accentuate jaw lines especially with a slightly lighter top underneath CLOTHES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD! With the exception of that old bobbly jumper, an item that makes you feel a certain way has its own charm and character so bring it BRING LAYERS I love layers in my headshots work in fact I ask every client to bring at least two to play with. It adds depth bring separation and adds leading lines that can help with cropping and ultimately lead to what matters most, the eyes. Don’t get me wrong the right tone of block colour tee shirt can look great, simple and classic however breaking up that mass of colour at the bottom of the image with a jacket or a smart blazer can elevate the feel and add a touch of class. This is quite important to me so even if you feel that you don’t wear layers to your auditions or it’s not something you would wear in day to day life. you would be surprised how much it can add to an image. So bring a couple to play with. There is a common misconception that a layer (jacket) especially a blazer makes an actor look too official. leaning towards it feeling corporate. this all depends on lighting and cropping and overall mood of the shots. Jackets for guys: Long camel coat can look amazing in a black and white creative shot! Or similar style coat in navy blue or black. Layers for Girls: Black blazer, leather jacket ( not to baggie ) Note BAGGY CLOTHES If it’s that one thing you love or you just fell more comfortable in baggy clothing bring them as I do have clips to pull them into an extent, however, remember headshots are traditionally cropped in above the chest and are not too figure exposing. It’s better to have clothes that fit you well as too much material can distort your appearance. WHITE Ok, so the jury is out on this one. White on its own as in a solid white shirt overpowers and dominates the image and totally takes away from your eyes. If you have long black or blonde hair you can get away with framing the white top with your hair in front of your shoulders. Layers can work with white to soften the effect, a dark jacket or a waistcoat. When white works best for girls: Off-white, cream lace, Downton Abbey-style period drama attire looks lovely. ONLY BLACK SUITS ME While a black V or round neck does look classic and has a timeless feel do bring more of a range. DO I HAVE TO SAY NO TO THAT ALL NIGHT PARTY THE DAY BEFORE? Ummm, this is your photoshoot, however, turning up tired or even still a little tipsy or drunk (it has happened) from the night before will affect the energy we have to work within your photo shoot. Even a shot or glass of wine to calm the nerves beforehand shifts your energy in a different way and you won’t look as sharp. HOW SHOULD I DO MY HAIR AND MAKEUP? If you’re doing your own make-up please keep it minimal, natural, even and neutral to start with. Bring mascara, eyeliner and a few tones of lipstick to play with if this is in keeping with how you would present yourself at a casting. I HAVE CHOSEN TO HAVE A MUA. WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT? If you have chosen the option to have a hair and makeup artist please arrive with your hair recently washed and your face clean without any makeup on. Your makeup will be applied in front of a large mirror in the studio so you can keep an eye on what’s going on at all times. There will be an opportunity to discuss with me and the MUA beforehand so we all get on the same page as far as what we wish to achieve together.

WHAT IS YOUR TURN AROUND TIME?

Once you selected the images that you want to get retouched the turn-around time is usually around 7-10 days.

If you have an earlier deadline let us know in an email so we can prioritise.

DO YOU DO JOINT SESSIONS?

There is a possibility to do a joint session if you’d like to have one with your friend who is also an actor but please note that this would be still charged as two separate sessions. It’s best to book these via email kimhardyphotography@gmail.com

DO YOU DO ANY OTHER KINDS OF PHOTOGRAPHY?

I do all sort of photography. Travel, Street, theatrical, commercial…etc. Have a look at my Instagram if you are interested to see. 🙂

CAN I CHANGE MY HAIR / SHAVE HALF WAY THOUGH THE SESSION?

Of course. Just bring all the tools you need with you.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING/WEAR ETC?

Rules are made to be broken. By no means are these strict conditions, they are general observations of what works that I have discovered over the years. Feel free to swim against the tide with a few unique option that you feel work for you and we will give it a go.

THE DON’TS
NO LOGOS
with the exception of tiny logos that can easily be photoshopped out

AVOID HEAVY PATTERNS
Checked shirts and snazzy patterns are very distracting. However, texture in the fabric (as long as the tones are relatively similar) can work wonders.

AVOID STRAPPY TOPS
With the exception of dancers (mid length shot). 10×8 headshots crop just above the chest traditionally and what you end up with are two bars wrapping around the shoulders, which feels a little cheap.

BE CAREFUL WITH HIGH COLLAR SHIRTS
With shirts make sure there is space around the neckline below the chin. If a shirt’s collar rises too high you will look like you have no neck

FLUORESCENT CLOTHING
That bright fluorescent party top that looks lovely on you, leave it at home

OLD OR WORN OUT ITEMS
By no means am I endorsed by Primark but we have no excuse not to bring clean fresh clothing especially since for £2.50 you can pick up the perfect V-neck or round neck deep tone top Old or faded, out of shape or bobbly jumpers however sentimental do look cheap and worn.

THE DOS
SOLID COLOURS
Simple solid t-shirts, shirts, dresses and tops work best.

FITTED ITEMS
Simply clothes that fit you well.

DARK LAYERS
Dark jackets, blazers, cardigans work brilliantly at breaking up the lower part of the frame and can add complimentary shapes at the bottom of the image that can accentuate jaw lines especially with a slightly lighter top underneath

CLOTHES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD!
With the exception of that old bobbly jumper, an item that makes you feel a certain way has its own charm and character so bring it

BRING LAYERS
I love layers in my headshots work in fact I ask every client to bring at least two to play with. It adds depth bring separation and adds leading lines that can help with cropping and ultimately lead to what matters most, the eyes. Don’t get me wrong the right tone of block colour tee shirt can look great, simple and classic however breaking up that mass of colour at the bottom of the image with a jacket or a smart blazer can elevate the feel and add a touch of class.

This is quite important to me so even if you feel that you don’t wear layers to your auditions or it’s not something you would wear in day to day life. you would be surprised how much it can add to an image. So bring a couple to play with.

There is a common misconception that a layer (jacket) especially a blazer makes an actor look too official. leaning towards it feeling corporate. this all depends on lighting and cropping and overall mood of the shots.

Jackets for guys: Long camel coat can look amazing in a black and white creative shot! Or similar style coat in navy blue or black.

Layers for Girls: Black blazer, leather jacket ( not to baggie )

Note
BAGGY CLOTHES
If it’s that one thing you love or you just fell more comfortable in baggy clothing bring them as I do have clips to pull them into an extent, however, remember headshots are traditionally cropped in above the chest and are not too figure exposing. It’s better to have clothes that fit you well as too much material can distort your appearance.

WHITE
Ok, so the jury is out on this one. White on its own as in a solid white shirt overpowers and dominates the image and totally takes away from your eyes. If you have long black or blonde hair you can get away with framing the white top with your hair in front of your shoulders. Layers can work with white to soften the effect, a dark jacket or a waistcoat.

When white works best for girls: Off-white, cream lace, Downton Abbey-style period drama attire looks lovely.

ONLY BLACK SUITS ME
While a black V or round neck does look classic and has a timeless feel do bring more of a range.

HOW DO I PAY FOR MY SESSION?

We ask for a £30 deposit to secure your slot. Ideally, bring the rest in cash for the shoot but if it’s a problem we can accept bank transfers as well.

MY FIRST PHOTO SHOOT/ I DON’T LIKE HAVING MY PHOTOS TAKEN CAN YOU HELP?

Not to worry I’m here to guide you through. I aim to maintain clear and detailed communication throughout the entire process to ensure you are well equipped to get the most out of your session, especially if it’s your first headshot session. Most actors including myself don’t enjoy the process of getting their headshots taken and this is something I’ve worked very hard to ensure we get the best genuine moments possible. I’ve developed a series of ideas that help you to feel more engaged and in the moment. Giving you context that uses your imagination rather than feeling like you have to do something on top of what is actually there. I adapted my methods according to each client as different things work for different people, the best thing to do is to keep an open mind and put your trust in me as much as possible. I know it’s a lot to ask however I’m confident that we will get more than enough tools for you to play with. Have a look at the testimonials page and see what others have said about their experiences if you wish.

DO I GET TO SEE MY IMAGES THROUGHOUT THE SESSION?

Yes. It’s very important for me to review the images with you to see that we are going to the right direction and that we are covering all the looks you are after.

DO I HAVE TO PAY A DEPOSIT?

Yes. We started to take £30 deposits to prevent any last minute cancellations or no-shows. If you need to reschedule please let us know at least 48 hours before your session. Let us know if you feel like a cold coming on or if you got pencilled in for a shoot, or if you are not sure how long your rehearsal will last. Treat your headshot session as a professional commitment.

CAN I ORDER EXTRA RETOUCHES?

You can order extra retouches for £20 per image.

DO YOU GIVE OUT UNEDITED IMAGES?

No, sorry. I don’t give out unedited images because I want to maintain the highest possible quality that represents you and me at our best. But I keep your images on file so you can order extras as and when you need them for £20 per retouch.

CAN I DO MY OWN MAKE UP?

Absolutely. Just please keep it very natural.

DO YOU RECOMMEND BOOKING A MAKE UP ARTIST?

Personally, I love working with a makeup artist on my shoots and I alway feel that regardless if you’re a person who usually wears makeup or not, a makeup artist is a beneficial addition to the shoot. However, it is by no means a deal breaker not to have one. The idea for me is to alway keep things looking natural and even and that’s the idea when it comes to makeup for headshots. It’s an art form in itself and the girls who work with me are excellent at getting that right. Hair has a life of its own and we all know when it looks good or when it’s the typical bad hair day! It’s true that hair composition can make a shot have that extra “wow” factor and hair is extremely important for me to get right! I’m very good personally at styling hair so you’re already in good hands, but to add that extra expertise, having a MUA is always a good choice.

CAN I BRING A FRIEND?

We usually advise against bringing a friend as they tend to shut you up and distract you rather that relax you in a headshot situation but it’s your call. Do let us know if you bring somebody. Previously we had people bringing over their mother, child, pet…etc but please note there are lots of equipment lying around in the studio, that can be dangerous for a child if you leave them unattended and they wander around. Same with pets. We love pets but don’t want any accident caused by them running around.

HELP I’VE HAD A BREAKOUT OF SPOTS ON THE DAY OF MY SHOOT SHOULD I CANCEL?

No need to worry. It’s very easy to remove spots, cuts, cold sores, styes…etc with Photoshop.

CAN I SEND YOU EXAMPLE IMAGES I LIKE/MOOD BOARD?

Of course. It’s good to get a visual idea about what you are after. Send me some in an email or create a Pinterest board.

CAN I PAY IN INSTALMENTS?

Ideally not. However, if you are struggling to get the money together before your shoot but you know that you will be paid soon after your shoot, let me know and we might be able to work something out. But please bear in mind that I won’t be able to release your retouched images until you paid in full.

IS THERE PARKING AT THE STUDIO?

You can park in the Toys R Us car park just opposite us for 2 hours for free. Please set an alarm because your session might be longer than that. There is free parking in Asylum Road, but it’s usually full. Iceland and Asda car parks are also very close to us but I’m not sure about their parking limit.

WHAT IF I HAVE TO RESCHEDULE?

If you need to reschedule please let us know at least 48 hours before your session. Let us know if you feel like a cold coming on or if you got pencilled in for a shoot, or if you are not sure how long your rehearsal will last. Treat your headshot session as a professional commitment. We will be able to move your session. We’re aware that sometimes auditions can come in last minute. Let us know about them so we might be able to push your session forward or you can come in later. But if you are cancelling last minute or not showing up you will loose your deposit and we won’t be able to book you back in. Sorry, no time for time-wasters.

I GOT MY EMAIL ANSWERED BY JULIA? WHO IS SHE?

Juia is my assistant and retouching extraordinaire. She will be your main point of contact leading up to your shoot with me.

Julia is happy to answer any questions you may have prior to your session. She is also my wife so she is the boss. 🙂