Professional Headshots

no, seriously!

Actor’s Headshot Portfolio

Your go-to choice for actors headshots

Prior to moving to Portland in 2015, Paul and Brenda spent 10 years building a reputation in upstate New York as the “go-to” photographers for creative professionals, musicians, and commercial and theatrical actors headshots. Our work consistently meets with approval of agents, casting directors, and other decision makers, both locally and in major markets like LA and New York.

We understand how important it is for a creative professional’s headshot to accurately but attractively communicate your individuality and personality.

Let us bring that experience and sensitivity to bear on your headshots, in our studio or on location right here in Portland, OR.

We’re happy to work with anyone, regardless of your level of experience. We are proud of our track record with established professionals but we also love working with individuals who are just starting out, and students of any age.

Getting it right

Don't mess up your career!

It can be very tempting to whip out your phone and have someone snap your picture standing in front of a wall. And it’s especially confusing because that’s exactly what many of the big modeling agencies want from prospective models. But that’s not the case for actors.

Another mistake is to try to use a nice photo from a family portrait photographer or other studio that doesn’t specialize in headshots for professional use. Either approach typically has you using a photo that has little in common with a true actors or creative professional headshot, and can be an expensive mistake in terms of lost work and opportunities. It’s so easy and inexpensive to have your headshot created by experienced and proven photographers like Paul and Brenda, there is simply no excuse for using anything less!

Commercial or Theatrical?

We say, BOTH!

You should get both, and any competent headshot photographer can give you both from a single photo session, unless they’re greedy! A commercial headshot is what you use when going for a print job or some other activity where you will be repping a brand or selling a product or service. Most often, a commercial headshot will show you smiling, preferably showing your teeth.

A theatrical headshot is used for casting for motion picture, TV, or the theatre, and is more about you as a character. It may be dramatic, comic, or neutral, with a smile or without, depending on who you are and the type of roles you are seeking.








For Actors, Entertainers, and Creative Professionals

Quick and Easy
  • 1 Look (wardrobe, setting and lighting combination)
  • Outdoor environmental session or indoors at our studio at 1420 NW Lovejoy St, Portland, OR
  • Unlimited shots taken
  • Four delivered images in downloadable online gallery
Child & Teen Actors
  • 2-3 Looks (wardrobe, setting and lighting combinations)
  • Unlimited shots taken
  • Outdoor environmental session or indoors at our studio at 1420 NW Lovejoy St, Portland, OR -- or both
  • Four delivered images per look in downloadable online gallery
Working Professional
  • 3 Looks (wardrobe, setting and lighting combinations)
  • Unlimited shots taken
  • Outdoor environmental session or indoors at our studio at 1420 NW Lovejoy St, Portland, OR -- or both
  • Four delivered images per look in downloadable online gallery
  • Location Shoot - $Call - varies from same price as our studio shoot, to a small extra fee.
  • On Set Makeup Artist - $75 for 1st look, $25 each additional
  • Retouching - Professional, detailed retouching for $25 per photo
  • 8 x 10 print - $5 each
  • 8 x 10 print - (100 copies) $150
  • USB thumb drive with best images from shoot - $15
  • Fed-Ex Shipping - $15

How it Works

What's Included?

A relaxed photography session shot in high-resolution professional digital in our Pearl District studio, on-location, or outdoors (weather permitting). We shoot between one and four different looks (a "look" is a wardrobe, lighting, background, or location change). Within 48 hours after your session, we upload your selections to an online gallery at high resolution. Your pictures are ready to share, download, print and use! You can download any or all of the images from your gallery at hi-res any time you like for any purpose (see the Usage License we provide for specifics). The images will remain in your gallery for at least one year. You can order prints in a range of sizes from wallets to 8x10, even huge canvas wall prints directly from your gallery. For your convenience, we even allow you to download the images and have them printed at another lab. Volume discounts are available.

Your Photo Session

We're full-time professionals, so weekday, evening, and weekend sessions are available by appointment. Same-day appointments are often available. No fixed time limit or number of frames - we shoot until we are confident we've created some great headshots for you; typically we shoot around 30 frames, and most sessions last around 30 minutes. Again though, we don't have fixed "rules," we shoot until we are confident that we have a good selection of headshots for you. If you choose to have one or more of your images professionally retouched (including hair straightening, blemish removal, wrinkle softening, skin smoothing, teeth whitening, etc.) just let us know which photos you want retouched.


Without exception, payment is due on the day of the session; we accept cash, check, and major debit and credit cards. Orders for retouching, prints, or digital media are payable at time of order. To keep our costs low, we do not offer terms, 30-day payment, credit, etc. A photo session is a service, and as such, there are no refunds. In the event that you are not happy with your performance in front of the camera and don't like the results, we offer a reshoot at a cost of $25 per look (wardrobe, setting, and lighting combination), to be scheduled at a mutually convenient time.

Makeup and Hair Styling

Makeup and hair styling is not included in our base prices. For women, we usually recommend makeup; for men, makeup is rarely necessary. For our clients who choose to have their makeup done, we suggest an in-studio makeup artist who is familiar with the important differences between makeup for a headshot and salon-type glamour or bridal makeup. If you would like us to provide a makeup artist at your session, please let us know when you make your appointment so we can make the necessary arrangements to have one here for your session.

Book Your Shoot!

Actor's and Creative Professional Headshots

To book your headshot session, please call Brenda at (503) 799-9802
Sessions available in our conveniently located Portland studio

at 1420 NW Lovejoy Street
in the Pearl District
(easy access to Portland Streetcar and bus lines)
or at a location of your choice

Paul Grupp and Brenda Rose 
Grupp & Rose Photography

phone: (503) 799-9802