Portrait Pricing and FAQ's

Q. Are you insured?
A. Yes – I will provide a certificate of insurance, if you would like. I will ask my insurance carrier to send it directly to you, if you would like. Often simply supplying a copy of an insurance certificate does not prove that an insurance policy is in effect. By having my insurance carrier send a copy directly to you, you are assured that I have an active policy.


Q. What's your background and credentials?
A. I have been shooting professionally since 1984. A large segment of my work is in editorial (newspaper and wire services) with experience in outdoor images, sports, portraits and commercial. Yet another segment of my business is teaching photography to all levels of students in numerous locations including Walt Disney World. Portraiture is a large sector of my teaching. Additionally I am a lecturer for cruiselines, Walt Disney World and various art centers. I have been a member of the NPPA (National Press Photographers Association) since 1988


Q. Can you provide references and may I see your portfolio?
A. Yes, of course

Q. What is your photographic style?
A. I approach my subjects as a journalist would – this is my roots as a photographer. Every person, every subject has a story. As a photographer, it is my responsibility to coax out the hidden personality, the story of the individual or the moment in time and record it. Understanding the client will lead to better images.


Q. Do you have an assistant and what does she/he do? How about a second photographer (for larger events)?
A. Yes, I have assistants and second shooter’s and I call on them as needed and as the client would dictate. I have both males and females with whom I work. I will select based on the client, the client’s personality and the type of work we are doing.


Q. Do you require a written contract?
A. Yes, the contract protects both parties, outlines very clearly the expectations and responsibilities. I will provide a boiler plate for review beforehand

Q. How do I get in contact with you?
A. Please feel free to call or text me at 407-451-7340. My e-mail is wilsonphotographyfl@live.com.

Q. What will my headshot session cost me?
A. There are a number of options – it just depends on what you feel you need. For example, think about the following packages:

The Basic Headshot -- $100 plus FL Sales Tax
  • 20 Minutes of shooting in an outdoor location using reflectors, diffusers and/or fill flash as conditions dictate
  • 8 images selected by you from online proofs – proofs will be in a secure password protected folder and available to anyone you give the password and link to. Images will be watermarked and not available for direct download


The Bronze Headshot Package -- $150 plus FL Sales Tax
  • 30 Minutes of shooting in an outdoor location using reflectors, diffusers and/or fill flash as conditions dictate
  • 2 clothing changes
  • 20 images selected by you from online proofs – proofs will be in a secure password protected folder and available to anyone you give the password and link to. Images will be watermarked and not available for direct download


The Silver Headshot Package --$250 plus FL Sales Tax
  • 60 Minutes of shooting in an outdoor location using reflectors, diffusers and/or fill flash as conditions dictate
  • 4 clothing changes
  • 50 images selected by you from online proofs – proofs will be in a secure password protected folder and available to anyone you give the password and link to. Images will be watermarked and not available for direct download


The Gold Headshot Package -- $350 plus FL Sales Tax
  • 90 Minutes of shooting in an outdoor location using reflectors, diffusers and/or fill flash as conditions dictate
  • 5 clothing changes
  • 80 images selected by you from online proofs – proofs will be in a secure password protected folder and available to anyone you give the password and link to. Images will be watermarked and not available for direct download


The Classic Headshot Package -- $400 plus FL Sales Tax
  • Black and White headshots using 5 different classic Hollywood Lighting Styles
  • Images will have a black or grey background as you choose – Black is most popular.
  • 120 Minutes of shooting in an indoor or outdoor location using reflectors, diffusers and/or fill flash as conditions dictate
  • 3 clothing changes
  • 80 images selected by you from online proofs – proofs will be in a secure password protected folder and available to anyone you give the password and link to. Images will be watermarked and not available for direct download


The Portfolio Package -- $750 plus FL Sales Tax
  • 4 hours of shooting in an indoor/outdoor location using backgrounds, reflectors, diffusers, constant lighting and/or fill flash as conditions dictate.
  • 5 clothing changes
  • 75 images selected by you from online proofs – proofs will be in a secure password protected folder and available to anyone you give the password and link to. Images will be watermarked and not available for direct download
  • 10 images will be professionally retouched for your use in your portfolio


The Portfolio Update (for existing portfolio clients) --$200 plus FL Sales Tax
  • 60 Minutes of shooting in an outdoor location using reflectors, diffusers and/or fill flash as conditions dictate
  • 4 clothing changes
  • 30 images selected by you from online proofs – proofs will be in a secure password protected folder and available to anyone you give the password and link to. Images will be watermarked and not available for direct download


The Comp Card --- $350
  • Comp card is short for composite card, which is used by actors and models for commercial print auditions and self-promotion. Consider a headshot on the front and 3-5 images on the back along with your stats. The purpose is to show as much variety as possible, so the casting director can envision you as different types. Ideally the images on the back should look like tear sheets from magazine ads. If you’re looking for a commercial agent, submitting with a comp card will give you a much better chance of meeting them, because you’re showing them a variety of looks. They’ll see you as significantly more likely to book a job, be it print or on camera. If you already have a commercial agent, a comp card will allow them to submit you for print work as well as on camera and voice overs.
  • 90 Minutes of shooting in an outdoor location using reflectors, diffusers and/or fill flash as conditions dictate
  • 5 clothing changes
  • 80 images selected by you from online proofs – proofs will be in a secure password protected folder and available to anyone you give the password and link to. Images will be watermarked and not available for direct download


Q. How many people are included in these prices.
A. The headshot sessions can be converted into a couple’s package for an additional $100 plus Florida Sales Tax

Q. Is retouching included in the package pricing?.
A. Light retouching for color balance, sharpness, contrast and so forth is included for base images. Full digital retouching including changing of eye color and makeup can be completed for about $30 per image plus FL Sales Tax. My goal is a natural great looking headshot. Retouching corrections can result in an image that may look great, but does not reflect you or your personality.

Q. Where does the shoot take place?
A. The majority of the sessions will take place in Metro Orlando. If your needs require something different, I am available to shoot using a rented location such as Cypress Grove Estate, Leu Gardens or travel beyond Metro Orlando. A portable studio set up can be brought to any location, including your home, for a nominal fee to cover both set up and breakdown. Please contact me and I will gladly customize part or all of your session.

Q. How should I dress for my session?
A. For the headshot packages, it is very straightforward. I will address only shirts, tops and jackets. You should bring plenty of options to the shoot, we will review the choices before the shoot and select your best options, but here are some things to consider:
  • Always bring clothes that match your style and personality.
  • Avoid black clothes or white clothes, they tend to lose detail in some photographs. I will shoot with a hand held light meter and other tools to optimize lighting. Pastels work best for both ladies and gentlemen. If blacks and whites are important, I can and will make them “work” in the images
  • Stay away from clothes with busy patterns. Solid colors are typically best. If patterns are you style – bring a few with you and we will select some options.
  • Make sure any clothes that you bring are clean and neatly pressed. The camera will always find the wrinkles we do not see. Adjustments to shirts will happen throughout the seesion – I want both you and your selected outfit at its best.
  • Blue Jeans look great on for some portfolio shots.


Q. How long before I see my proof images?
A. For most headshot sessions , expect about three to five business days to get your gallery of images. You will be delivered by email or text a link to the gallery with a password (you can choose your own password, if desired). Feel free to share it with friends and family. You will not be able to download from the gallery and all images will be watermarked. Once you make your retouching selections it is typically another three to five business days before your final, edited images are delivered to you. Should you be working under the constraint of a deadline, please let me know, we will discuss your needs and how best to accommodate them.

Q. What do I need in my portfolio?
A. As an actor, actress or model, the type of shots you will need is determined by a few factors including, but not limited to, your market (where you live and work), your acting or modeling type (what you look and act like), the parts you attend casting calls for. You should consider the following:
  • If you have one, consult your agent on what would be best. They have experience in the industry. I will complete a 10 shot portfolio, which includes two head shots , two full length standing shots, two seated shots. The four remaining shots will be focused on your type of modeling/acting and the look you wish to show. This shows directors and agents what you look like. Many people will use one image in a comp card to be left behind after a casting call. This could be one of the portfolio images or an opportunity to use a completely different image. If you are using an odd shape card, I will work with you to format the photograph to the card.
  • If you do not have a style of modeling or acting at the time of the session, we will capture a number of looks in a number of wardrobe changes. Remember, the portfolio highlights you and your personality, it is a collaboration between you and the photographer – the best images come from a comfortable session with a relaxed subject.
  • You want an image that has impact! Today, the vast majority of casting is done online. Casting directors scan through large numbers small thumbnails to determine the initial round of auditions. That means yours must stand out from the others.

How should I prepare for my session?
  • Talk to me. Call me at 407-451-7340. Talk on the phone or meet with me ahead of time. If you don't feel good about your photographer during the interview, it probably won't get any better during the session.
  • Show up on time. You will not feel relaxed enough for good photographs when you are rushed for your appointment and being late will only cut into the generous amount of time allotted for you
  • Iron your clothing. Take the time to prepare your clothes as if it were your last chance to get into this business. Bring more clothes than you need so we have plenty to choose from. Only bring clothes you want to be photographed in; I can't reshoot your photos if we pick something you don't like.
  • If you are being photographed for a model composite, you should have had a detailed conversation with me concerning your photos prior to your session.
  • Props, additional models and accessories are important and necessary to a high-quality composite and are not provided by my business.
  • Headshot - Solid colors are better than patterns. White and black are harder to work with. Textures such as denim/sweaters are great. Sleeveless looks rarely work for headshots but are fine for fuller length shots. Layered looks are popular as well.
  • earrings and accessories should be simple.
  • Bodyshots/Full Length- Swimsuit is usually preferable. Conservative works better for the Orlando market. If you don't feel comfortable in swimsuit, active athletic gear even business suits work too
  • Define your role in the market (i.e. young mom, college student; grandfather, etc.)
  • Make sure your hair looks great. There are no photo tricks to cure untrimmed, improperly colored or otherwise unhealthy looking hair. Men should shave right before appointment. Women should remove any facial hair from eyebrows or lips that you do not want the camera to see. DO IT YOURSELF? - If you are doing your hair and make-up yourself, have it already done beforehand but bring your own styling products and make-up just in case needed for touch-ups. HIRE A PRO? - Use a professional hair and makeup artist if you are not proficient in doing makeup for close-up photography or if you don't feel comfortable styling your hair.
  • If someone else is deciding whether or not your photos are good (i.e.. Agent, Acting school instructor) have them make sure your "look" is appropriate for your session before you come in. They should pick your clothes and advise you on your hairstyle prior to the session so there is no miscommunication as to the type of photo you need.
  • Get lots of sleep. Go to bed earlier than usual. Do whatever you can to ensure a full nights rest. If you're tired during your session, it is guaranteed to show in your photos.
  • Tell me in the studio right away if you have any concerns or complaints about your session, makeup or hair...anything else is unprofessional and almost everything can be fixed digitally. Re-shoots are not free after you have left the studio.
  • Have a positive attitude.
  • Forget any bad photo session you may have had before me.



DEPOSIT - Deposit is fully refundable up to 5 business days prior to your session. Within 5 business days the fee may be transferred to another appointment time when rescheduling if necessary for illness or family emergency. It is not refundable for a missed appointment or cancellations with less than 5 business days notice. Deposits and Payments due made to reserve venues or locations are not refundable and may require full payment even if apt is missed or cancelled. This will be based on any contractual agreements with the locations.

AVAILABILITY - By appointment only scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time

PAYMENT – PayPal, MasterCard, Visa, Discover and personal check (No postdated checks without prior arrangement please). $100 deposit is due when scheduling appointment and remaining balance is due at end of session unless other arrangements have been made.

RE-SHOOT POLICY - Every effort is made to ensure that you like your photos before you leave the session; I will still offer a re-shoot at 50% of the original price regardless of reason within 30 days.
All files with rights to use and redistribute – copyright remains with the photographer - $150 per session – files are unretouched and in jpeg format.
Special formatting and cropping for a Model, Actor/Actress or Performer’s “Look Book”.