Headshots Packages & Prices

[Watch my ‘Which Session is Right for You?‘ video, or my  ‘Choosing a Headshot Photographer’ video]

'The Pro'
£250 stud

  • up to 1.5 hrs
  • Headshot shoot
  • Colour & B&W
  • Selected from Natural / Studio / Mixed Lighting
  • up to 200 pics taken
  • up to 150 contact sheet
  • Some Image Review
  • 2 Retouches
  • Extra retouches £24
  • Bonus retouch worth £24 for clients of friendly agents
  • Extras a/v online for 2 years

'The Complete'
£375 stud

  • up to 3 hrs
  • Headshot shoot
  • Colour & B&W
  • Natural / Studio / Mixed Lighting
  • Unlimited pics taken
  • up to 250 contact sheet
  • Full Image Review
  • 4 Retouches
  • Extra retouches £24
  • Bonus retouch worth £24 for clients of friendly agents
  • Extras a/v online for 2 years

'The American' Promo Shoot
no discounts

  • 3 hrs
  • US Headshot & Promo/Editorial shoot
  • Colour & B&W
  • Natural / Studio / Mixed Lighting
  • Unlimited pics taken
  • up to 250 contact sheet
  • Full Image Review
  • 5 Retouches
  • Extra retouches £24
  • Extras a/v online for 2 years

Inc VAT @ 20% / Student rates: UK drama school or Uni, with an NUS/student card.

What’s in the Packages

'The Pro' Headshots (up to 1.5 hrs)

A focused studio, naturally-lit or mixed-lighting session producing a top-quality  portfolio over 2/3 set ups, aimed at confident sitters, experienced actors adding distinct looks to the portfolio, or those on a budget.  2 retouches in Colour + B&W (Bonus 3rd retouch worth £24 for clients of friendly agents)BOOK

'The Complete' Headshots (up to 3 hrs)

The full Wharley. Create a compelling portfolio of shots spanning the full range of your casting: an organic session with time to relax & explore 3/4 very different natural, studio-lit or mixed lighting set ups. Optional MU / Hair artist  at £65 (prep only)/£95 (stays for session). 4 retouches in Colour + B&W (Bonus 4th retouch worth £24 for clients of friendly agents). BOOK

'The American Promo Shoot' (3 hrs)

More than headshots: create a bold, & vivid promo package, balancing 2 set ups in studio, naturally-lit or mixed-lighting UK & LA/US-style headshots, with2 contrasting setups for 3/4 length promo or  ‘model’ shots to suit personal websites, industry sites like IMDb & editorial use. Sessions split roughly 50-50 on headshots/model shots. Perfect for presenters, personalities or actors with US or US-focused agents, PR management or who are regularly featured in the press. ALTERNATIVELY: shoot on a location to be agreed. Optional MU / Hair artist at £105-£130. 5 retouches in colour + B&W. BOOK


Things You Need to Know


1. Booking Schedule & Waiting List

I shoot one ‘The Complete’ or two ‘The Pro’ sessions a day, so do check out my booking calendar at the linkI tend to be booked out 4-6 weeks in advance, though sometimes ‘The Pro’ shoots are available sooner. I do also run a waiting list, so just email me on michaelwharley@michaelwharley.com if you are after cancellation, or a time you can’t see.

2. My Actors Headshots sessions all include:

  • Welcome pack with exhaustive prep advice
  • Review of previous headshots
  • Indoor (studio-lit, naturally-lit and mixed) & outdoor work
  • Range of backgrounds from light to dark
  • Shooting in Colour with B&W conversion.
  • Shooting contrasting tops with detailed advice on clothing selection.
  • Online contact sheet to you and agent in 24 hours for preview and choosing inclusive final images.
  • Contact sheet stays online & ALL images backed up on my servers for 2 years.
  • High-quality post production to retouch, grade and finesse each final shot, at 35 mins per photo.
  • Retouched prints supplied print- & web-ready, in Colour & B&W within 10 days max (24 hour turnaround available for £50+ VAT)
  • Extra shots beyond inclusive number at £24 per photo.
  • Unlimited tea, coffee, and biscuits, sometimes even chocolate ones….
  • Special rates on hardcopy prints with the excellent 10x8prints.com.
  • Full Headshot Terms here.

3. Need to Know

  • I don’t share a CD of all images for public use: high-quality post production that finalises a photo, tailoring it for different web and print jobs is essential to ensure digital images sell you: I only supply the final photos you choose to be edited, or extras you order. All images backed up on my servers for 2 years. But if it’s  just an extra smiley one for your mum, that’s probably a different matter…
  • Deposit & Cancellation: there is a £50, non-returnable, non-refundable deposit  (deductible from the session total on the day) to secure your booking, so I clear that time for you and you alone. If you need to rearrange your session more than two working days prior to your session, you can just put this money towards the session on another day.  Why do you do this Michael?
  • ALL SESSION FEES ARE INCLUSIVE OF VAT at 20%. What you see is what you pay.
  • Student rates on showing a valid NUS card or institutional card for a full-time Drama UK institution or University course.
  • Bonus extra retouches worth £24 are for clients of agents with whom I have an established relationship.
  • One of my trusted hair/makeup contacts can be booked either for prep only £65 (45 minute Hair and MU pre shoot) or for £95 to stay for the session ‘The Complete’ or £120 for ‘The American’. Headshots require very naturalistic hair and makeup and most people manage fine by themselves. For the bolder shot choices of the American, it can be useful.
  • Weekend or evening sessions can sometimes be booked by arrangement, for an additional fee of £45. Discounts don’t apply, sorry!
  • I tend to be booked up 4-6 weeks in advance, though I have a waiting list for sessions that come up sooner, and it’s always worth asking for a specific date, just in case.
  • A parent or responsible adult MUST be present throughout any session with actors under 16 years.
  • All headshots sessions start at either 10.30am (some ‘The Pro’ sessions may start at midday)- if you’re in desperate need of a different start time, please email me.
  • All bookings are made subject to Full Headshot Terms, which you can read here.