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"You Impromptu" Session
OUR MOST POPULAR PACKAGE!!
The "You Impromptu" includes everything you'd need. With this session you'll have unlimited looks in both studio + natural light with hair+make up styling. This photoshoot is what you make it: headshots, modeling, high fashion, dance, pin-up, vintage, unadulterated goofiness - you name it! Need props, costumes, wigs? Bring them all. Have a dog? You bring that dog! The sky is truly the limit in what will be the most fun you'll ever have behind a camera.Find Out More
*NEW* Studio Media Package
The industry is getting more video friendly, so why shouldn't you? Introducing the Matt Simpkins Photography Studio Media Package. Let's expand your digital marketing tools while you are already styled and looking your best at the time of your headshot session. iPhones are great, but this package takes you to the next level. Professional cameras, lighting and sound equipment don't lie.
Slate Clips (ex. Actors Access), Monologue + Vocal Recordings, Audition Sides, Theatre + Film/TV reels, etc.
*Customized rate includes your choice of headshot session and all of your digital media needs*
Don't worry! You'll have your final images in time for that big callback. We want you to get those new shots in the room ASAP!
what my clients say
Actress, "Orange Is the New Black, Hemlock Grove"
"Matt Simpkins is a gem. As a photographer and now, as a new friend. Working with Matt brought out the truest, bluest me into my pictures. I don't think I'll ever go anywhere else again. Thank you Matt!"
Broadway Actress "Shuffle Along, Motown, Ghost, In the Heights"
"Matt is a true professional. He knows how to get the perfect shot, and was also open to trying some of my ideas. He gave good direction, which got me to warm up quickly and have fun. I would definitely recommend working with him!"
Michael Howell, Film/TV Actor
"Matt is truly a miracle worker, I needed a new shot ASAP and he fit me right in and literally made magic happen in less than an hour. He knows exactly what will work from a casting stand point and then has all the technical knowledge to achieve it! We found perfect lighting and background pretty much right off the bat. Can't recommended him highly enough!!!"
Broadway Stylist & Image Consultant
"You need to know about Matt Simpkins. If you want some amazing pictures of yourself....or just a fantastic photograph that could really make or break your career, I'm telling you....WORK WITH MATT SIMPKINS! He's amazing! This guy's eye is incredible. He will make you feel at ease. He will get you the best picture of you you've ever had! You will definitely book jobs if you use Matt Simpkins!"
Broadway Actress "Follies, Edwin Drood, White Christmas"
"I loved my session with Matt! The picture I ended up using (and it was REALLY hard to pick only one), turns heads at auditions and has represented me in Broadway playbills. I look forward to my next shoot with Matt when I am too old to use my current headshot. ha :)"
Actress/AEA VP/ Owner www.thebizofshow.com
"Matt shot over ten looks in less than two hours! AND the shots were the best shots I have ever had. He caught me and everything about me. His ideas and direction are brilliant and well communicated, thus bringing great execution to where the subjects only option is to succeed. Matt is incredibly professional and simply one of the best photographers out there. You'd be an idiot to trust someone else with your business! "
Musical Theatre Program Director @ Ohio Northern University
"Matt is a true professional! Our students thoroughly enjoyed their individual photo shoots as well as their freedom to be creative during the group shot! Matt really captured the essence and personality of each individual - caught them in the “moment.” His group shots look like a Vanity Fair magazine shoot – timeless and unexpected. Highly recommend him to any University who is looking for a headshot photographer!"
I'm so glad you asked.
First thing we'll do as soon as you arrive is get to know each other a bit more! Then we'll get you into hair/make up, if a stylist is booked. We'll help you look thru the outfits you brought to find the best options that will help market you properly and match your goals with the shots. I shoot with a high resolution professional Nikon D810 Full Frame DLSR and Nikkor Lenses. We will shoot both indoors and outdoors based from my NYC apartment with both professional studio and natural lighting.
A few funny stories never hurt!
We like to keep the environment casual and fun! Keep in mind that you'll be spending a good portion of your day with us: 2-3 hours for men, 3-4 hours for women. The "You Impromptu" package tends to run a bit longer. Bring anything that will keep you comfortable during the shoot.
- *Don't worry, we have plenty of water for you!
- *Clothes: Keep them simple, yet fashionable. Bring what you get complimented in and what you feel most comfortable wearing. Bring as many options as you'd like and we'll go through them together!
- *Women: Make sure you bring anything you will need for hair & makeup whether or not you hire a stylist. Maybe a favorite lipstick color or other make up preferences to run by the stylist.
- *Males: Bring make up if needed. Hair products and lip balm are preferred.
- *Have a spotify playlist you love? Adore almonds? Anything that will keep you happy and grooving.
I totally understand, it's nerve racking! All this pressure is put on your new or updated headshots from agents, casting directors, managers, friends, family and that annoying voice in the back of your head. Ugh! Having gone thru the process many times, I totally get it and have always wanted to create an envoirnment of a professional but fun, collaborative and creative process. We strive to make it feel like you are hanging with friends while getting some GREAT new marketing tools for your career. These tips totally help!
- *Stay Hydrated! Drink tons of water the day before. Your skin will love you.
- *If you feel your wardrobe is dated or consists of nothing good? Go shopping! Find some new outfits that make you excited and look great on you! Even if you don't have the money to buy anything new, you might get some new inspiration for your already existing wardrobe choices you never thought of. (...and don't forget...you can always return items...everyone does it!)
- *Think about how you want to market yourself. What you want the new shots to say about you?
- *Email Matt anytime with questions or selfies of possible outfits or concerns about the shoot.
- *Get lots of sleep the night before! No long night out! You can live it up, eat that big greasy burger and celebrate your new shots after the session.
I am ALWAYS up for meeting a client before a shoot! Its not mandatory, but a great way to talk about your goals for the shoot. It also gives me just that extra bit of time to get to know your personality that we can highlight in the photos. Even a short phone call or FaceTime/Skype session is a fantastic tool.
Do it! Who doesn't like feeling pampered?
Highly Recommended! Hair & Makeup Stylists are avail upon request. It is not mandatory to book a stylist for your headshot shoot, or even use one of my stylists if you have your own personal favorite.
Stylist rate is $175 ($150 Students). The "You Impromptu" Session already has the stylist built into the rate.
Quick turnaround is a priority!
You will have a link to the gallery within a week from the date of your shoot. Sometimes it can even be the very next day!
Once I have gotten your retouch selections, allow 2-3 days to get your hi-res retouched images via email.
If you need to guarantee a quicker turnaround, inquire about expedited turnaround fees.
Let's do this!
If you're ready to go and want to inquire about booking a session,
- Contact Matt
- Discuss needs and goals
- Find a time and date
- Pay deposit
- Matt will send a confirmation with all the details you'll need to know for the shoot!
To hold the agreed upon date and time, a $100 non-refundable deposit is required. The deposit goes towards your total rate and can be transferable if we need to reschedule the session. The remaining balance of your shoot is due in full day of. We accept cash (preferable), personal check, credit card (3% fee), PayPal & Venmo.
"I woke up with this...thing..."
It happens all the time. That annoying random blemish that pops up at the most inopportune time. Matt tackles these retouching issues on his own with a light hand and realistic, natural finish.
- Fly Away Hairs
- Skin Smoothing
- Eye Whitening & Highlighting
- Under Eye Clean Up
- Teeth Whitening
- Background Distractions Eliminated
- Basic Color Correction
Each rate includes a certain number of included retouches. Additional retouches can be purchased at $45/photo. Retouching of a non-Matt Simpkins Photography is avail for $60/photo. All retouches will be sent hi-res digitally to you upon completion ready for reproduction.
Once I have gotten your retouch selections, allow on average 2-3 days. If you need to guarantee a quicker turnaround, inquire about expedited turnaround fees.
Let's get those new pics out there!
After you receive your online gallery, make your selections for retouching and receive your freshly retouched images, now it's time to get them reproduced. There are plenty of professional printing services for headshots around NYC. Below is a list of some of our favorites. Most allow for digital online uploading and ordering. They will add any borders you wish as well as adding your name to the prints. Google these and see which fit your needs the best! Let me know if you have any questions.
- Colorworks NYC
- Modern Age / Headshotrepros
- Precision Photo
- Grand Photo Solutions
Need a last minute print or a very small amount of photos printed for an upcoming audition? If you need to use a local printer like Kinko's, Staples, Fedex, etc, we recommend printing on a thicker matte 8x10 photo paper. If you need us to add a border and name for printing of that nature, we can do that for the retouching fee.
I know. "Winter is coming."
Things always come up - auditions, rehearsals, illness, emergencies, etc. You can always reschedule once and your deposit will transfer. Needing to reschedule for a second time will result in the loss of your deposit and a new deposit will need to be placed for the new date.
We have multiple locations that allow us to still shoot in sun, wind, rain & snow. In the event of an extreme weather condition, we will monitor and recommend if we think your session should be rescheduled.
I only schedule reshoots for technical issues. During our time together, we will review images to make sure we are on the same page and getting what you want. If you need to make a change to your hair or outfits, I offer a returning client rate that you can take advantage of. No refunds or exceptions.
On-location UNIVERSITY HEADSHOT SESSIONS
Discounted Student Headshot Sessions right on Campus! University visits are a great way for students to get professional NYC headshots without the need for an expensive and dedicated trip to the city. Packages are built to fit the students needs while keeping the cost as low as possible. Inquire for more information!Inquire For More Info
If you or your company are looking for a fresh contemporary approach to your corporate headshots, let Matt know and we'll put together a shoot! Check out the Corporate Headshot Gallery by clicking here!
- it's all about you
- studio + natural light
- 4 looks
- 2 retouched images
-inquire for rate-
- HAIR + MAKE-UP STYLIST INCLUDED
- studio + natural light
- unlimited looks (Headshots, lifestyle, modeling, fashion, etc)
- 4 retouched images
- STUDIO + NATURAL LIGHT
- 2 LOOKS
- 1 RETOUCHED IMAGE
- New Hair? New size? New boobs?
- never pay the full rate again!
- available exclusively for returning headshot session clients
- shoot with a friend and save some change!
- save $100 per person
- inquire for larger group
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