There are nuances in a headshot that make you look like you at your best, and I use a little art and a little science to bring that out.

Contact Information

10900 BLUFFSIDE DR Studio City, California, United States 91604

phone: view phone8185794668





Your headshot is a useful component in how you present yourself and your values to the world. That is why at Tommyphoto, we focus on these values in creating your headshot. All your details, from clothing to makeup to the expression you want to convey are considered in creating the headshot that is right for you. Our job is making you look great, and in the style you prefer. What follows are some common questions you may ask about your photo session.


Do you work, or want to work, in film, television, or theater? Do you work for a company that has asked you to submit your picture for a website or annual report? Have you thought about using a good photo to promote yourself in your profession? Whatever your photo needs, the main thing to consider is what you want to project to the world. If you’re an actor, what kind of roles are you pursuing? Comedy? Dramatic? What’s your archetype? If you work at a company or for yourself, what kind of image do you want to project? Serious? Humorous? Welcoming? I will work with you in your photo session to build on your strengths.

Casting directors in television and theater receive hundreds of professional headshots every week, and they will toss an unprofessional one immediately. We will make sure you look your best in your photo, and we will ensure that your headshot looks great both online and in print.


Before we start taking any photos, we will talk about how your headshots will help you achieve your career goals and your brand. Then we can go over your clothing choices and we can work out the most flattering look for you. From there, our hair and makeup artist will discuss your likes and dislikes in makeup and hairstyles and will start preparing you for the camera.

Any of my session is a team effort, collaboration among you, the stylist and me. We will take some test shots for preview and make any necessary adjustments immediately so that you feel your best in the photos.

My studio features large windows with indirect light. I shoot with a combination of natural light and fill lights. The lights are easy on the eyes, not like a flashbulb on a typical camera, and will augment the lights in the room. The goal is to illuminate your eyes and the contours of your face.

Sometimes we can shoot outside, but it is entirely dependent on weather and how you and your clothing will look against an outdoor setting.

For each look (clothes change,) I capture a wide range of poses and expressions, so that you are able to use multiple shots for different marketing purposes. After we shoot each look, which may include several dozen shots, we will go over the shots together. By shooting and editing, we will work together to cover anything that we may have missed so you’ll know exactly what you’ve got when you leave the studio.

I will coach and guide you throughout the entire session, helping you to get the most out of your photo session.


Depending on the package you choose, I ask that you bring between five and ten different outfits for your photos (tops only, unless you want some shots of your full body). Bring what you love to wear, ranging from tee-shirts, tank tops, sweaters, and jackets. Choose clothing that fits you well: If you don’t like it, it won’t look good in the photo. Generally, solid colors work better than complicated patterns. Remember, your eyes should be focus of your headshot, not your clothes.

Combine dark and light colors, and remember to avoid colors that closely match your skin tone so that your clothing contrasts with your complexion. Try not to wear colors that are too bright or have pronounced patterns. Women should bring a variety of necklines with matching bras. Don’t wear anything too bulky, as that can be a distraction in the photo. Men should bring a layered look, like a suit with a good shirt and tie, for professional-looking headshots. For more informal headshots, baggy clothes do not photograph well, so if you wear a tee-shirt, make sure it is form-fitting and flatters you.

Feel free to bring in your old headshots or photos of other people as examples of what you like.

Women, please arrive wearing no makeup and your hair as close as possible to the way you want it to look for your headshots. Our stylist will work with you to do the rest.

If you’d like to bring a friend along to the session, that’s fine. There is no need to arrive early, because we allow time for us to consult, for you to get your hair and makeup done, and for us to take the photos in the time allotted.

For clients under 17 years of age, we require accompany by a parent or guardian at all time.


I ask that you bring between five and ten different outfits for your photos depending on the type of session you booked (tops only, unless you want some shots of your full body). Bring what you love to wear, ranging from tee-shirts, tank tops, sweaters, and jackets. If you don’t like it, it won’t look good in the photo. Generally, solid colors work better than complicated patterns.


An expert applies the makeup specifically for our lighting to produce a clean and natural look. I require women to have makeup done by our carefully selected makeup artist. He/she knows my lighting and how to bring out your best features.


Each package includes at least one retouch. The retouched images will be delivered electronically either by email or FTP downloading. I will grant you a print release for use with any media. More about retouching technique that I use here.

Retouching means that we keep you looking at your best, but not airbrushed. We tend to remove facial lines and blemishes, delete stray hairs, reduce eye veins or redness, and whiten teeth. More complex retouching work is subject to additional charges.


Please schedule as far in advance as possible by calling 818-579-4668.

I recommend that we have a phone consultation before your appointment, to go over any questions you may have and to ensure that you feel comfortable with your shoot.

If for any reason you need to change your appointment, I require a 48-hour notice. Otherwise, the deposit can be forfeited. However, if we are able to fill your slot with another client, then we can credit your deposit toward a rescheduled session.


We are just a few minutes walk from Universal City Red-Line Metro station, and there is plenty of street parking during the day.

Hours of work

Thursday thru Saturday by appointment only


Studio City in Los Angeles

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