Preparing for you headshot is like preparing for an audition or an acting job. My studio is a place where you can practice your craft as an actor. Just as for a class, an audition or an acting job you must do the work. Working actors are not successful because they just show up but because they arrive prepared.

     This experience is not a dress rehearsal. Commit to yourself now  — to be better prepared for this than any work as an actor you have ever done before. Your efforts will precede you into every audition and show a standard of excellence and commitment that will help get you work. I will support you every step of the way.

      As a photographer I am also your director and acting coach. I help guide you to that powerful place inside where you can grab a hold of your magic and pull it out to where it can shine. I studied the craft for many years (see about Don page). and will use these techniques to help you in front of our camera.

     The great teacher Uta Hagen said, "I love playing Chekhov. That's the hardest; that's why I love it most." It's the actors challenges that are always the best loved moments. If getting your headshot done seems challenging, love the challenge.


1.  For at least 72 hours before the shoot avoid any alcohol and limit your sugar, caffeine & salt intake.
2.  Drink at least 2 liters of water a day between now and our shoot.
3.  Take fast paced long walks or do some cardio or yoga to energize your body. It really improves your skin tone.
4.  Get plenty of sleep. Try sleeping with an extra pillow to elevate your head a bit. This will help with puffiness and/or      darkness under the eyes. Try not to sleep on your side. Sleeping on your back face up will help your facial tonality in life.
5.  Don't starve yourself before a shoot to try and loose weight. That's not the way to look thinner in your photos.
     You'll only look like you have low energy. We'll keep you slimmer with lighting, clothing and the right posturing.
6.  Don't eat sugary foods before the shoot, you'll only crash.
7.  Do not have – a sip or a swig – a pill or a puff – to relax you before the shoot. You will only look unclear and get a dull far     away look in your eyes. In other words, don't show up high for work.
8.  Give yourself plenty of time to arrive. Don't stress being late, be mellow and arrive early.
9.  Don't book anything before or after the shoot. Make it a "me" day. You are an artist. Make this an artist's date.

Don Tinling Headshots | 1133 N. Clark St. #302 | West Hollywood, CA 90069 | | 310-903-0401